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March’s featured pub is the Marine Bar in County Waterford. Situated in Drum Hills in the village of Pulla in Dungarvan, this family run traditional pub sits along the main road between Cork and Waterford and is known for its lively year-round Irish music sessions. While many assume the name refers to the local community of fishermen, that is not the case. The bar has a rich history dating back to the 18th century when the Marines marching from Cork Harbor to Waterford Harbor were in need of a place to quench their thirst after a long climb through the hills. The sergeant persuaded a local widow to open a shebeen inside her cow shed, a few barrels of whiskey were rolled in from the secret still in the hills, and thus the Marine bar was born.
After nearly 300 years of operation, the Marine Bar is still a welcome respite for weary travellers, offering fine drink, great music, and lots of craic. Patrons know they can always find good music here, as their motto is “If music be the food of life, welcome to the kitchen!”