Thursday Doors – Athlone


Athlone, county Westmeath, is the featured town in my Thursday Doors post this week, although, this lovely thatched cottage isn’t in the town itself. I know you can’t see the entrance in the photograph but trust me, there is a door there, hidden by the foliage. I had to shoot this one from the car as we didn’t have time to stop.


We parked close to this lovely flower shop. I really like the name as I haven’t come across that one before. It can be quite challenging to think up catchy, original names for businesses like this. The side of this premises was worth capturing too – even if it is a fake door.


Crossing the bridge over the Shannon, the longest river in Ireland, we headed towards the east and a very ancient part of Athlone.



Unfortunately, we didn’t have time to visit the castle but it’s only about an hour’s drive away, so we will definitely get back to it. I’m saving it for a series of Thursday Doors posts on nearby castles and historic buildings that I’m planning for 2019.



Now that you’ve seen one of the main attractions of Athlone, let me introduce you to another one – Sean’s Bar.

DSC_0090.JPGIt’s situated in a neat and colourful street, very close to the castle.


Sean’s Bar isn’t just the oldest pub in Ireland but may very well be the oldest pub in the world.

Athlone, marks the site of what was once a great ford across the Shannon known as the Ford of Great Antiquity. At around 900 AD there lived a man called Luain Mac Luighdeach – Luain son of Lewy. It is known that he established an Inn close to “Ath Mor – The Great Ford”. This Inn is today known as Sean’s Bar!..Luain acted as a guide to travellers who had to venture across the rapid torrent of the Shannon. A settlement grew up around the crossing point and in time the place came to be known by his name. ” Athlone – Ath Luain, the Ford of Luain. Later King Turlough O’ Connor built the first wooden castle here in 1129 to protect this settlement.ย 

Sean’s Bar has been researched thoroughly by the Guinness Book of Records and proudly holds the record for “The Oldest Pub in Ireland” with an official dating of 900AD. Research is ongoing into the title of “The Oldest Pub in the World”; so far, nothing older has been found. *

You can read more about the history ofย Athlone and Sean’s Bar here.

As always, thanks a million for stopping by and if you’d like to visit some interesting doors from all over the world, you’ll find a link to them on Norm’s blog.

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About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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31 Responses to Thursday Doors – Athlone

  1. jazzytower says:

    What a lovely name, ” a room in bloom”.

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  2. Dan Antion says:

    The oldest pub in the world (if they haven’t found anything older yet, I’m calling it in their favor). It’s worth a trip just to have a pint there. I look forward to the castle post, but this was fun.

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  3. Quaint location, wonderful history.

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  4. JT Twissel says:

    That is a very clever name for a floral shop. I didn’t realize the Shannon was so wide.

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  5. Junieper/Jesh stG says:

    Almost forgot what a hassle it is when the internet connection is weak! Links go haywire and everything takes ten times as long (exaggerated, but patience is not my strength). Thanks for the warning, I put a new link in:) Jean, how come you are too busy to not stop for a door? (just kidding) I can see the bottom of the door though on the left.
    For the past full week we have had rain. but for the last 2 days it has become much colder. Am typing with my fingerless mitts on – yep in California. Hubs is now in Southern California for the second part of a job in 70 degr. weather! Before he left, he taught me to put on the wood stove to keep a fire going, so I’m not freezing:)

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    Being the oldest Pub in Ireland is certainly a great claim to fame. I love the whole row of colourful buildings around it too. Nicely done Jean.
    And now I know we have a castle post to look forward to in 2019, yay!

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  7. Love the doors, but mostly smiled with happy memories when I saw the long range shots of the colorful buildings. Sean’s looks like a must stop so I looked up their website to get a little more info. Great one. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. sydspix says:

    This was a fantastic blog – loved the history. Can’t wait to see the castle, or what is left of it. Wonderful images too!

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  10. Junieper/Jesh stG says:

    Shawn’s bar is like you say colorful (does that you remind of Spain?) Thursday I mentioned that I was typing with my fingerless mitts on – now I know why – Sat. morning I woke up to snow – shock – it hasn’t come this early in the year since I’ve lived here!

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    • Stay warm. We just have rain for now but it’s supposed to be a very cold winter ahead.


      • Junieper/Jesh stG says:

        Oh NO! Hope not, but in case,am prepared with warm clothes (that I wore may be once or twice year in southern California, and my boots were just a fashion item!) and now I’m getting experience of making a fire – from scratch – not a gas one that many do here – hope for snow though, if it must be cold:)

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  11. joey says:

    It is just so pretty there. Have I mentioned I can’t wait to see it? Gray skies and colorful buildings, very nice for me.
    I love the curved parking along the castle, the faux doors, the Room in Bloom, and of course, Sean’s bar. Who doesn’t love an old pub?
    Thank you for sharing your gems!

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  12. inesephoto says:

    What a beautiful name, A Room in Bloom.

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  13. slfinnell says:

    The hubby and I have been watching a series of castle documentaries here in the evenings and I look forward to seeing your visit. So rich in history!

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