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The Tin Pub

The Tin Pub



This month we are featuring the Tin Pub in the village of Ahakista on Sheep’s Head Peninsula in County Cork. This scenic pub overlooks the beautiful Kitchen Cove and Mizen Peninsula, and has a 19th century Victorian garden that slopes down into Dunmanus Bay. This pub is rural, rustic and quirky, and yes, made of tin. The Tin pub has been in the same family since 1957, but has been a pub in some shape or form since the 1930’s. Given the seasonal nature of the area, they are only open from May through September each year.

Originally the building was used as a lodge for workers from the neighboring hotel. That hotel has since changed hands, and is now Graham Norton’s holiday home, and we hear he is quite fond of the Tin Pub. The tin of the pub came from a dance hall which once existed at the hotel. The simple materials were repurposed to build the pub, and thankfully never upgraded!