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Thomas Connolly Sligo

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Connolly’s is not just an iconic bar, it’s an iconic part of the history of Sligo.

The river of history runs through Thomas Connolly’s, one of the most famous bars in the North West. The premises first had a licence as long ago as 1861 and, by 1890, the bar was in the care of Thomas Connolly, who returned to Ireland having made his money on the railroads in America. Connolly famously brought Charles Stuart Parnell to the pub, and he later became Mayor of Sligo, at a time when the town had one of the busiest ports on the west coast. 

Somewhat ironically, one of the things that made Connolly’s famous for later generations of customers was its compendious selection of teas and, if you look behind the bar, you can see the six tea bins. That sort of attention to detail – to tea; to whiskey; to the quality of the pint they pour; the varieties of gins and craft beers they sell; the musicians chosen to perform here – and the dedicated hospitality of the staff, makes Connolly’s special, as special as its magical interior, with its flagstone, floor and cosy snugs. 

Thomas Connolly’s is dreamlike but, thankfully, it’s real.


Paul O'Donnell
Markievicz Road, Sligo
+353 71 919 4920

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