Sean's Blog

Sean's blog will keep you up to date with pub life at Ireland's oldest pub. As well as keeping you updated on the latest news from Sean's, we will also share old stories from Athlone and the Midland's

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John Booth - Brewer & Excise Man

Described by Prof G.T Stokes as a " stiff old puritan of the Baptist persuasion from Kilbeggan or thereabouts, gifted with a good deal of that strong facility of hatred which puritans at times could display" John Booth was indeed a very interesting and prominent business man in Athlone. We first learned about Mr Booth during our research into the old distilleries and breweries around Athlone where he was a major player in the industry. Responsible for the naming of "Excise Street" he was also a ruthless business man and involved in a major quarrel with other local business owners that rumbled on for years.

The Origin of Whiskey

In more recent years visitors to Sean's began to ask questions about what people used to drink in pubs years ago. People love to visit Sean's bar for its amazing history, its unique atmosphere and of course its traditional Irish music but more and more people became more culturally curious and wanted to know more about the history of alcohol in Ireland. "What did people drink 1000 years ago?" many people would ask! We had known the history of some of Ireland's largest commercial breweries and local distilleries including Guinness (1759), Smithwicks (1710), Kilbeggan Distillery (1757) and Tullamore Dew Distillery (1829). However when we began our journey of discovery into the very origin of whiskey we were amazed to discover that it all began around the Midlands surrounding Athlone in the many small monasteries on Lough Ree and further down the river Shannon to Clonmacnoise.

Mark Begg - A Colourful Inn-Keeper at Sean's Bar

Sean's Bar was formally known as " The Three Blackamoor Heads" and undoubtedly the most famous proprietor of the pub was Mark Begg who held the Inn in 1736. Mr Begg inaugurated the first stage coach service from Athlone to Dublin.

Sean's Irish Whiskey awarded Origin Green Certificate

Sean's Irish Whiskey Company is now a verified member of Origin Green Sustainability Programme having received its certificate from Bord Bia.

Sean's Irish Whiskey Features at Whiskey Live 2017

Whiskey Live Dublin took place on Saturday 25th November at Dublin Castle on Dame Street where Sean's Irish Whiskey Co participated in its first whiskey event since its launch in August 2017

Christmas Carols Night date set for December 17th

The annual Christmas Carols night in Sean's will take place on Sunday December 17th. Always a special night in Sean's, this years event will be no different. Stevie Brennan and Liz Fletcher will provide the music and Dj Padraig will keep the party going afterwards in the beer garden..

Sean's Bar Whiskey Label Nominated at Irish Print Awards

Sean's bar whiskey label has been shortlisted for an award at the annual Irish Print Awards which is due to take place at the Aviva Stadium on Friday December 1st. The Whiskey which was released in August this year has received praise from all over the world, both for its distinctive flavour and unique label.

Sean's bar listed in Ireland's top 10 most unusual pubs

With over a thousand years of history Sean's bar has been included in Ireland's "Top 10 Most Unusual Pubs" by Ireland Before You Die.