Back in Cork city for this week’s Thursday Doors and not a cell in sight. I think I’ve spent enough time photographing prisons over the past few weeks so let’s have a look at an old building of a completely different nature. The barrels stacked outside should give you a clue as to what sort of business takes place inside that old doorway.
Yes indeed, it’s a pub. By my posts over the last few months it might appear that whenever I’m not incarcerated, I’m intoxicated. The truth is, whenever we go to a pub it’s usually for lunch and it’s always in a place with a bit of character and history attached – not too difficult to find in any Irish town. The Welcome Inn on Parnell Street has been in business for over 170 years, since 1845, and is one of the oldest traditional bars in Cork city. They don’t serve food but have live music sessions four evenings a week and they even let you pull your own pint if you’d like to have a go (after a quick lesson from the bar tender).
Sometimes what’s above the door is just as interesting or decorative, as you can see from the photograph below.
The Murphy’s sign depicts Prussian born strongman, Eugene Sandow (1867-1925), raising a fully grown horse overhead with just one hand. It was part of his main act and the brewery used this image in their advertising in the early decades of the 20th century – because ‘Murphy’s Stout Makes You Strong’ of course.
Here’s a video from one of the music sessions that take place at The Welcome Inn. I thought Manfred Mann’s song ‘The Mighty Quinn’ a good one to end the post with.
I’m delighted you stopped by this week and if you’d like to sample another ‘doorscursion’ there’s a great selection of Thursday Doors over on Norm’s blog. You can even add some of your own.