As Reviewed by the UK's GUARDIAN Newspaper and Featured In the UK's SUN Newspaper 2012.
Conroy's Old Bar - is not only Ireland's 1st Self Catering Pub, but the 1st Self Catering Pub in the World!
Conroy's is also fondly referred to as "The Pub With No Beer !"
For a holiday with a real difference!
Unique and quirky self-catering accommodation sleeps up to 4
Conroy’s Old Bar is especially suited to those who have a love of the great outdoors. Who would like to experience the true beauty and tranquillity of rural Ireland, whilst staying in a converted authentic Irish village bar.
Conroy’s is situated close to Lough Derg/Terryglass and the River Shannon. And on the border of Counties Clare, Galway and Offaly, in the small friendly village of Aglish in North Tipperary.
Walking into Conroy's Old Bar is just as you would expect a typical, traditional, characterful Irish rural village bar to be. So much so, that you would think it’s business as usual.
At first glance you would never know that Conroy's no longer holds a liquor licence, and that so, it has been discreetly adapted into quirky self-catering accommodation that sleeps 4.
It's not until you take a closer look that you realise, even though Conroy's Old Bar has retained all of its charm and character, including its open fire, Conroy’s Old Bar is hiding a little secret all of its own…….
The original highly polished mahogany bar, complete with bar pumps, optics and the original till is where you will also find neatly hidden behind it, the fully functioning kitchen, with fridge, full size cooker etc. The bar area with its Liscannor stone floor is also home to the darts board and the skittles game.
The lounge with its cosy open turf/log fire is also home to all manner of pub games, books, maps and tourist information. It’s the perfect place to relax and toast your toes after a long day of taking in what this beautiful and very often overlooked area of rural Ireland has to offer.
The old snug next to the lounge is now a double bedroom with en-suite wc and what was once the cellar/keg store is now home to a super king-sized bed, complete with the old beer barrel delivery door and sloping floor to aid the moving of the barrels.
There is also a shower room with very large shower.
There is full central heating and all linen, towels and fuel are provided.
Outside there is a large beer garden with numerous seating and BBQ areas, from which there are views over the Tipperary countryside. It's the perfect place to watch the sun go down, sat in front of the open outdoor fire.
The garden is also home to our friendly chickens. We do offer our guests eggs when they are available. Children are welcome to help us collect the eggs, just let us know so we can arrange a suitable time.
Conroy's Old Bar is child friendly and all baby/child equipment is available. (Cot's, high chairs etc. at NO extra cost)
Being all on one level means Conroy’s Old Bar is friendly to the slightly infirm or those who have trouble with stairs. The shower is large enough to put a chair in to help with those who are unable to stand for longer periods. Unfortunately due to a couple of small doorways it has to be said that Conroy’s is not too wheelchair friendly. For anyone who has specific needs, we are always more than happy to talk with you, to see if we can arrange and adapt the furniture to make your stay a more pleasant one.
Next door to Conroy's Old Bar you will find Your Beautiful... our own Beauty and Sports Therapy Salon, where Conroy's guests can avail of a 20% discount on all treatments. To make your stay an even more relaxing one.
NEW for 2013 Conroy’s Old Bar is now also available as a small quiet venue for up to 30 guests.
We are now also offering a range of Green Workshops held in the stone workshops at the end of the garden. Spinning & weaving, dry stone walling, green wood furniture making, basket and willow weaving to name just a few.
Only a short walk from Conroy's Old Bar you will find the village pub and a lovely new children’s playground. There is also a church and the village hall.
Within a 20 mile radius you will find fishing, boating/sailing, water sports, walking, cycling, golf, horse riding/hunting, photography, go carting and paintballing or even astronomy and genealogy.
Guests have the whole use of the rear garden and are welcome to walk around the vegetable and flower gardens at the front.
We always greet our guests on arrival to give them the keys and show them a few pointers on the more unusual aspects of The Pub With No Beer.
As we only live next door, we are on hand to help in any way if needed.
We are quite happy to leave our guests to their own devices and enjoy their stay as they wish, but we do also welcome spending time with our guests should they wish to do so.
Conroy's Old Bar - The Pub With No Beer, is based in the centre of Ireland approx 2 hours from Dublin. Although it is an area which is often overlooked for the more popular tourist areas, it is often said that if it is the "Real Ireland" you are looking for, then this is the area to be.
Situated in a small friendly village in North Tipperary, bordering counties of Clare, Galway and Offaly we are perfectly placed for visiting the larger cities of Galway & Limerick approx 1 hr and Kilkenny approx 1hr30mins.
Closer to home approx 6 miles away we have the beautiful Lough Derg and the River Shannon, a haven for fishing, swimming, water sports, boating etc. There are plenty of beautiful areas along the shores for wild swimming too.
In Portumna approx 6 miles away situated on Lough Derg & the River Shannon, there is Portumna Forest Park, a beautiful haven for wildlife and photography, where you can hire bikes and travel the numerous cycle routes around the forest. There is also Portumna Castle & grounds, as well as the ruins of the old friary and the new Museum in The Old Workhouse. Not far from here you will also find Pallas Carting, for those with a love of speed and Go carts.
The beautiful Georgian town of Birr is approx 8 miles from Conroy's and is home to Birr Castle & grounds, which in turn is home to the Worlds Tallest Box Hedging and what was once The Worlds Largest Telescope, certainly a sight to see.
Leap Castle, Ireland's most haunted castle is approx 30mins drive away. Although now a private home, tours of the castle can be arranged.
The ancestral home of Barack Obama in the small village of Moneygall is approx 30 mins away and Irelands 1st Eco village in Cloughjordan is just 15mins.
In our nearest town of Nenagh we have the Genealogy Centre where many come to trace their Irish Heritage. It is set within the old jail (Gaol) and heritage museum and is just across the road from Nenagh Castle, which has been recently renovated and is very unusual as it is one completely round tower.
There are many pretty villages around us where you can pass the time away with locals in traditional Irish pubs, as well as some lovely restaurants selling excellent food.
We can highly recommend spending the day at Bunratty Castle approx 1hr 20 mins and an evening at it's medieval banquet. We can also highly recommend Blarney Castle (Cork) approx 2hrs. Where if you have a head for heights and can manage to get to the top of the castle, you can kiss the Blarney Stone and never again be lost for words. lol.
We are currently putting together on our website (search for Conroy's Old Bar) this years dates of Things to See & (website hidden): festivals, events, fairs, music, exhibitions etc. So do keep checking to see what's coming up.
If there is anything in particular that you would be interested in seeing or doing please just ask and we will be happy to give general advice and find out opening times, costs ect.
The World's 1st Self Catering Pub - Conroy's Old Bar is not on a main bus route. Due to it's rural location, a car is the very best way to see what this beautiful area has to offer. The nearest bus stop to Conroy's is in Borrisokane (approx 4 miles) and the nearest train station is either Cloughjordan (approx 15mins dive) or Nenagh (approx 20 mins drive).
We spent two nights at the Pub and it was a great time! The place was warm, cozy and comfy and Erron and her husband were always very nice.
The communication with them was very easy and constant.
We recommend to spend two days at the Pub, it is a very funny experience!
Thank you and we hope to come back soon!
What an experience! Sleeping in a pub! It was wonderful, kids were just so excited about it! The place is lovely very well organized and at the same time Erron and her husband managed the true spirit of an Irish pub inside. We specially loved the fireplace and the full bag of turf (very good burning). The communication with Erron was always easy and pleasant and they help us as often as they could. They had ask for children age to prepare bags of toys in advance and even provide a baby sleeping bag at 10pm! Thanks you so much for this amazing idea. A must!