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.

  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    Sean's Bar officially recognised as Ireland’s Oldest extant public house

    Sean’s Bar is officially recognised by Guinness World Records as the oldest extant public house in Ireland (Credit: Mike MacEacheran)

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    A Pub Born in the Dark Ages

    Sean's Bar has welcomed travel writers from all around the world over the past few decades, from the Lonely Planet to Business Insider.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    Sean's bar launch their Single Malt Clonmacnoise

    Sean's Bar was delighted to launch its second whiskey expression "Clonmacnoise" at the WSWA convention at the Ritz Carlton in Orlando Florida on April 2nd 2019.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    Winner Pub of the Year

    Sean's Bar picks up award for Pub of the Year at the Irish Restaurant Awards

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    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.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    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.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    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.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    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.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    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.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    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 year’s event will be no different.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    Daily Historical Talk and Tour of Ireland's Oldest Pub

    We are delighted to announce that our daily tour and historical talk at Sean's bar will continue throughout the winter months and into next season. Hosted by Timmy Donovan of Sean's bar, visitors will be welcomed by the open turf fire place and given a detailed history of the pub dating right back to 900 AD. Daily tour starts at 11am.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    Launch of Sean's Bar Whiskey T-Shirts

    To celebrate the launch of Sean's bar Specially Blended Irish Whiskey we are delighted to announce that we have added a new T- Shirt to our merchandise collection. The T-Shirt is light grey with the logo in black. The reaction from visitors has been very positive to date.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    Enjoy a Midlands Whiskey Experience at Sean's bar

    Following on from the very successful launch of our specially blended Irish whiskey, Sean's bar is delighted to announce that we have teamed up with Midlands Whiskey Experiences to offer this unique opportunity to learn about the history of whiskey in the Midlands and to taste a variety of whiskeys all produced in the region.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    CNN begin investigation to discover the world's oldest pub

    CNN's 'Great Big Story' production team arrive into Sean's bar and interview Timmy as part of their investigation into the World's oldest pub. The video is due to be aired later this year.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    Sean's bar launch new whiskey

    With over a thousand years of history we at Sean's bar have decided it was time we launched our own whiskey range. Our first is a specially blended whiskey, matured in bourbon casks and is now available to buy by the shot or by the bottle at the bar.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    Today FM's Dermot & Dave show broadcasts live from Sean's Bar

    Sean's bar was delighted to host Today FM's Dermot & Dave show on Friday April 7th. The comedic duo were in Athlone as part of their national tour.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    BBQ Season Launch at the Boathouse @ Sean's

    Sean's bar and Savoury Fare Food Company launched their 2017 BBQ season on Thursday March 30th.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    Learn to pour the perfect pint of Guinness

    Learn how to pour the perfect pint of Guinness at the home of Ireland's oldest pub. The six-step ritual's as legendary as the beer itself - from the 119.5 seconds it takes to pour to the iconic surge and eventual settle.

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    How Athlone got its name

    With a history dating back over 1100 years, Athlone strategically has always been a very important location on the River Shannon. Situated in the very heart of Ireland with Lough Ree to the north and the waters impassible to the south until Clonmacnoise, the Ford at Athlone was the only crossing point for miles. So where did the name Athlone originate from?

    Read More
  • 08/12/2020 0 Comments
    The Opening of the Boathouse bar at Sean's

    February saw the opening of the Boathouse bar at Sean's - an amazing and spectacular meeting place with a fantastic view of the river Shannon.

    Read More

For More Information on All the Upcoming Events Get in Touch with the Sean’s Bar Crew

\

The following cookies load by default:

Strictly necessary cookies
These cookies are essential for visitors to be able to browse the website and use its features. None of this information can be used to identify visitors as all data is anonymized.

Site session
Purpose: To remember different visitor preferences on the website.
Duration: For duration of browser session.

Preferred language
Purpose: To be able to provide the website in the visitor's preferred language (if the website contains multiple languages).
Duration: 1 year.

Currency
Purpose: To be able to show prices in the currency matching the visitor's preferences.
Duration: 30 days.

Google Recaptcha
Purpose: To be able to validate whether the visitor is human and to limit the amount of spam from contact forms.
Duration: 1 year.
Provider: Google.


Third-party cookies
These cookies collect information about how visitors use the website, like which pages they've visited and which links they've clicked on. None of this information can be used to identify visitors as all data is anonymized.

ga
Purpose: Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
Duration: 1 year.
Provider: Google.

gid
Purpose: Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website.
Duration: 24 hours.
Provider: Google.

gat
Purpose: Used by Google Analytics to throttle request rate.
Duration: 1 year.
Provider: Google.

We also integrate with social platforms on this site that allow you to connect with your social network in various ways. Social media integration will set cookies through the website which may be used to enhance your profile on social media sites or contribute to the data they hold for various purposes outlined in their respective privacy policies.