Culture Night 2020: Miss Pat’s “No messing, a good pint and good company”

Culture Night 2020: Miss Pat’s “No messing, a good pint and good company”

For this year’s Culture Night, we are keeping it local.  

There has been a lot of talk about bars and pubs in recent times, a lot of it somewhat negative. It is timely then that our latest project for culture night 2020 remembers one of Cork city’s most unique establishments.

For the past year or so Maureen of Maureen’s bar on John Redmond Street (our local) had been toying with the idea of compiling a little oral history on the previous proprietor of the bar, Miss Pat Buckley. So, when Maureen inquired whether the Cork Folklore Project be interested in helping out with the project for culture night we, of course, said yes.

Photo supplied by Jerry Carrol. L to R: Martin Downey Managing Director of Deasy’s, Patrica Buckley, Jerry Carroll St Luke’s Inn, Unidentified man.

Miss Pat had the premises from the early 1950s to 2006. By all accounts (and I mean all accounts) Miss Pat ran a clean, homely bar that was frequented by a cross-section of Cork city’s inhabitants, from the locals of Shandon to the actors and crew of the Cork Shakespearean Company, politicians and comedians.  Please enjoy these memories of Miss Pat and her room.

We would like to thank all who contributed to the project. And if you have stories pertaining to Miss Pat and her bar we would love to hear them.

Interviewees: Patrick O’Connor, Kieran O’Leary, Kieran Curtin, Tony O’Sullivan, Humphrey Twomey and Mary O’Neill.

All Interviews conducted by David McCarthy, Maureen McLaughlin and Jamie Furey.