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July’s pub was Mellett’s Emporium in the town of Swinford in County Mayo. Mellett’s Emporium was opened in 1797 by Stephen Mellett and has been in the same family for seven generations! Originally, the property consisted of a retail shop in the front and a bar in the back. It was the village’s general store with one long counter where you could buy groceries and tobacco, book your journey to the US or England, or even arrange a funeral. Talk about a one-stop-shop!
Mellett's was renovated in the 1980s but still retains its original character. The pub is crammed with memorabilia from the past that have accumulated over the years – you’ll even find a few coffins leftover from the funeral business, as well as some vintage cars in the beer garden outback. If you are looking for a bit of history with your pint Mellett’s Emporium is the place to be – its story is tied tight with the history of Swinford and with seven generations of the Mellett family.