Did You Know?
Ireland’s oldest pub dates back to the year 900 CE.
Sean’s Bar in the town of Athlone in Co. Westmeath holds the title of the oldest pub in Ireland, based on the site where a tavern has kept people fed and watered since 900 AD. Not only does its 1,115 years make it the oldest pub in Ireland, but it’s also considered to be the oldest pub in the whole continent of Europe. It even has the certificate from the Guinness Book of World Records to prove it.
In 2014, Seán’s Bar beat off competition from the oldest pub in Britain, the Bingley Arms in Bardsey, North Leeds, with an opening date of 953 AD that just didn't make the mark.
Not happy with just conquering Europe, the pub, which is situated at the heart of Ireland, on the banks of Ireland’s longest river, the River Shannon, is also in the process of discovering if it could, in fact, be the oldest bar in the world!