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"You know the film, The Commitments? Rob Strong's son is a actor in it," says the shy lady who owns the Cool<br />

totally International and Cosmopolitan Bar named The Field Pub in Kilkenny, Ireland. Her<br />

name is Sally Ann and her husband is John. The have a New York and Kilkenny connection and have such a cool collection<br />

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of Sports and Movie paraphernalia in their Pub it is amazing. "Rob Strong" is the resident musician here on Tuesday<br />

nights. I say, really? O wow that is cool. I loved that movie the <strong>com</strong>mitments. "Here is Babe Ruth's transfer papers from<br />

1919 when he left the Boston Red Sox and signed the contract for 25,000.00 American Dollars which was incredible in<br />

this period." she says as she shows me the weathered letter on the wall. The entire Pub has floor to ceiling Micheal<br />

Jordans and Hurling Champions <strong>com</strong>bined. "And we have the largest Hurley hanging over the Bartenders!" she says!<br />

<strong>http</strong>://www.thefield<strong>kilkenny</strong>.<strong>com</strong>/<br />

Sally introduces me to her husband who tells me a little bit<br />

about the famous ghost that haunts the Pub. "She is<br />

said to have been poisoned when the Queen learned of her<br />

husband's mistress living above the Pub secretly. The<br />

King James lived in the castle and used to visit<br />

her upstairs in the Pub and when the Queen<br />

learned about his mistress she had a local lady<br />

named Jane Pennyfeather poison her. Two<br />

months later Jane Pennyfeather was found dead<br />

in the alley late at night. When the Queen didn't like<br />

you you didn't live long in these days." he said.<br />

Her two little twins run in with Hurley sticks<br />

and they join in the tour around the Pub. It<br />

is definitely a family pub! Ian and<br />

Scott is the twin's names. Their<br />

favorite sports figures? "TJ ried and<br />

DJ Carey." they write in my book and I<br />

say that I hope they be<strong>com</strong>e famous and I<br />

can say I have their autographs in about 20<br />

years!<br />

"In addition to the great ghosts, we<br />

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"Late at night she haunts the Pub. One night me<br />

and some guests were sitting here drinking with


have wonderful music everyday from<br />

18:00pm to 20:30pm everynight<br />

called the Wrong Direction Band. And<br />

we have starting on Wednesday live music<br />

everyday from 3:00pm til we close. WE are<br />

definitely the Music Pub in the town." he<br />

says. Located right on HighStreet across<br />

from Rive Gauche, 056-7 70 27<br />

63<br />

the bartender. All of a sudden four glasses raised<br />

from the shelf, suspended in the air and fell onto<br />

the floor. All of us saw that and just stared in awe<br />

at what was happening. It wasn't like they tipped over<br />

and fell off the shelf...they literally lifted up and fell onto<br />

the floor. Another night the back door opened and we ran<br />

outside after whoever and saw a lady in lilac dress, which<br />

the haunted lady used to wear, drifting down the alley and<br />

around the corner.She had long black hair floating around<br />

her back." he says. The bartender James says, "That<br />

happens all the time. The guests say when they walk up<br />

the stairs you can feel a hand on your arm as if grabbing<br />

you. Many times the guests tell us that. Come tonight and<br />

see if something happens. We have the paranormal people<br />

asking if they can <strong>com</strong>e and see if a ghost's presence is<br />

here." he says. And of course me who loves ghosts is<br />

<strong>com</strong>ing. The staff and team are wonderful and<br />

remembered my name and what I had as a pint the night<br />

before...um! That is both a wonderful thing and a bad<br />

thing! Please <strong>com</strong>e meet these wonderful people,<br />

have some pints, eat the great Irish food, visit the<br />

upstairs Medieval Castle Dining rooms, and<br />

maybe have a surprise free dinner theater named<br />

Finnegan's Wake while you eat. Yes...free!<br />

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The cool sports memorabilia on the walls of The Field, Kilkenny<br />

Bollards Pub in Kilkenny 32 ST. Kierans, Kilkenny<br />

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<strong>http</strong>://visit<strong>kilkenny</strong>.ie/bollards_bar<br />

Bollards Bar and Bistro Kilkenny The Cool Laidback<br />

Funky Bar named Bollards has been in the family<br />

since 1904, and the 3rd generation says, "I have a<br />

wonderful life, a happy wife who works in the<br />

kitchen here sometimes, 5 young children and have<br />

traveled the world. Yet it is a hard life and I don't<br />

know if I would want my children <strong>com</strong>ing into the<br />

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Pub life. It is my choice in 1973 to do that kind of<br />

life and I have great fun meeting 50% tourists from<br />

everywhere in the world everyday and seeing my<br />

friends. Yet is is long hours to own a Pub. And Yes I<br />

do have great bands on Fridays." he says when I tell<br />

him that my international hostel in the city has his<br />

name "Bollards" on the live music suggestion for<br />

Fridays. #32 St. Kierans at reservations<br />

05 67 7613 19 "Nowadays I can relax and<br />

enjoy life a little more. I can <strong>com</strong>e and go as I<br />

please. When you first start a Pub or you are the<br />

next generation of a Publican you work many<br />

hours, maybe 80 hrs. a week. You have to put<br />

your life into a Pub. As I get older, I enjoy<br />

life more!" says Mr. Bollard.<br />

"I've been to Malta recently, and me and my wife visit the<br />

children in Dublin which is very accessible, and next year<br />

Mexico. San Francisco is one of my favorite cities too. You<br />

know Kilkenny is special. It is a little village with<br />

a big heart. Tourists love it, but it is the real<br />

Ireland. You have to be nice to the people for the<br />

Irish people to be nice to you. Maybe if the<br />

tourists would visit more of the country of<br />

Ireland they would see what we're really about."<br />

says the much more cosmopolitan owner than I would of<br />

imagined <strong>com</strong>ing from the country. I agree. The wild<br />

Ireland is pretty cool and pretty crazy too. Beware, it isn't<br />

finishing school!<br />

Bollards is a <strong>com</strong>fortable tradtional Irish Pub with little hidden nooks and crannies as we like to call em in America.<br />

You can <strong>com</strong>e in and find yourself sitting in about 3 different snugs where you can have a bunch of friends such as<br />

10 sit around and laugh and have a couple pints each and reminisce about the olden days or that very day<br />

depending on your age! That is the kind of lovely Pub it is. All brass and class. Beautiful and<br />

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Cozy. It was my first pub of my 5 days in Kilkenny and I went in and say hi to Mr.<br />

Bollard the very first day. He is that kind of older distinguished gentleman that you see<br />

as the Principal of a prep school and I only ever knew him as Mr. Bollard. Yet he is friendly<br />

and talkative and approachable once you say hi. Definitely Old School and Real. Love it.<br />

photo of Cafe SOL courtesy of Patryk Witkowski<br />

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William Street, Kilkenny<br />

056-776 4987<br />

Low Street, Thomastown<br />

056-775 4945<br />

reservations<br />

The Charming owner of Cafe SOL is Noel! as in<br />

the lovely innotation that you remember around<br />

Christmas...the first Noel is a lovely song. The man<br />

who owns the Fine dining Bistro is a lovely<br />

person. When I enter I ask if it is a French Restaurant<br />

and if he is French to which he isn't too keen on yet says<br />

graciously that it is to <strong>com</strong>e to a fine dining Irish<br />

Restaurant that has been here 20 years and the original<br />

owners are graduates from the famous cooking school<br />

Ballymaloe in Cork. "High Quality and Friendly Attentive<br />

Service I believe is the reason that people have <strong>com</strong>e back<br />

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year after year since its been opened. I've personally<br />

owned the restaurant the last 10 years since 2005. I was<br />

originally in finance and took a chance with my first<br />

restaurant here. While it is fun it is much more challenging<br />

than at first thought. It is much harder to run a real high<br />

quality restaurant than it is to succeed in finance. Here I<br />

try to <strong>com</strong>bine the both. I try to succeed with my<br />

guests, to succeed with the highest quality food,<br />

to succeed with keeping my team happy and<br />

finally to succeed financially in order to do all of<br />

that." he says laughing. "The food is 100% Irish,<br />

yet it is fine dining Irish. All the products <strong>com</strong>e<br />

from Ireland. I loved the city of Kilkenny and<br />

wanted to introduce to the world to the Irish<br />

culture with the presentation of the finest Irish<br />

cooking."<br />

With a menu of seared Hake or Salmon and baby potatoes<br />

presented in a fine dining beautiful way...wonderful to see<br />

and to eat! "People think of Irish food as Beef and<br />

Guinness Pie, Lamb Pie, Potatoes and beer and<br />

more beer. Yet we do have the same ingredients<br />

maybe with a different way to prepare these with<br />

the sauces and the expertise of the chefs. Although<br />

they have been different as the restaurant matures, the<br />

highest quality that the original owners strived for<br />

remains. That is my challenge to keep the original intent.<br />

It is difficult and some days I think why in the world am I<br />

doing this again? I long for the financial world at times."<br />

Noel jokes.<br />

The original owners of the wonderful restaurant <strong>com</strong>e from the amazing cooking school that is<br />

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famous round the world...the Ballymaloe in 1983 in the city of Cork...world famous.<br />

<strong>http</strong>://www.cookingisfun.ie/ballymaloe-cookery-school/lecturers/rory-oconnell<br />

Below the famous Cafe Sol in Kilkenny has fine dining that has ebbed and flowed with the years yet the<br />

original high quality concept remains. Located at Kilkenny William St. 05 67 76 49 87.<br />

<strong>http</strong>://www.restaurants<strong>kilkenny</strong>.<strong>com</strong>/<br />

<strong>http</strong>s://www.facebook.<strong>com</strong>/cafesolbistro/timeline<br />

Below the Amazingly Beautiful RIVE GAUCHE in Kilkenny, a 4 level wonder of beauty, bars,<br />

cocktail lounges, outdoor Jimmy Buffet Style tiki Bars, and a Nightclub on the top level on Saturdays. "It is<br />

just too big to open the upstairs except on Saturdays," says the wonderfully friendly Peter who manages<br />

RIVE GAUCHE.<br />

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<strong>http</strong>://www.rivegauchekk.<strong>com</strong>/ "The menu is inspired by food that’s


foraged, farmed and fished from the rugged<br />

coast of Ireland and includes a wide<br />

selection of dishes where the emphasis is on<br />

fresh produce while focusing on the<br />

seasons. " says their website. "Me personally I<br />

find it very French." says Peter.<br />

With Glitzy Atmosphere, Swanky Deep Dark<br />

Rooms and Fashion Shoots, "RIVE<br />

GAUCHE is the Place to be in Ireland<br />

on a Friday and Saturday," says Peter,<br />

"Tourists <strong>com</strong>e yet you would be amazed how<br />

many people from Ireland <strong>com</strong>e here from<br />

everywhere to party at RIVE GAUCHE." he<br />

says.<br />

The bartending team tells me the cocktails are the<br />

best in Kilkenny! I believe the team.<br />

"We love the tour groups that <strong>com</strong>e in during the<br />

lunch hours yet we seriously need more tourists<br />

<strong>com</strong>ing here to have dinner and cocktails at night.<br />

For instance the weekend of June 3 to June<br />

5 we have the world's largest Comedy<br />

Festival named the CAT Laughs! You<br />

should definitely let the readers know<br />

about that. Every place is booked and every<br />

venue that allows live music has the shows.<br />

We are probably going to be crazily insanely full on<br />

these days. It is a good time for the tourists to <strong>com</strong>e<br />

and meet elbow to elbow the Irish people and to<br />

mix each other's humor!" he says laughing.<br />

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The Parade, Kilkenny (056) 7 7 7 5604<br />

Yum yum and yes we love it. Ciao<br />

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