Our hosts in County Cork recommended that, when in Dublin, Taylor and I go to the ‘real’ O’Donoghue’s Irish Pub. ‘The real’ O’Donoghue’s has stood near St. Stephen's Green since 1934 and is most well known for the music it has played host to over the years. There is another, newer location one located on Suffolk Street.
Taylor and I walked to O’Donoghue’s from The Temple Bar late on our last night in Ireland. The rectangular, bright white sign with black lettering shone over Merrion Row. It was unmistakable after we’d walked past St. Stephen’s Green. Inside, the pub’s walls are virtually covered with framed photos, and the air was buzzing with music and conversation.
A band sat in the corner by the front door and filled the pub with Irish melodies. A lively crowd had gathered to listen to the music, and there wasn’t an empty seat in the house. We enjoyed Guinness by candlelight and reflected upon our week. The pub was warm and welcoming, just as all of Ireland had been to us.