About this listing
If you like your accommodation to be an experience in itself, then The World's 1st Self Catering Pub - Conroy's Old Bar is for you!
A traditionally characterful, authentic Irish, village bar, discreetly converted into self catering accommodation.
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+cot
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 +cot.
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.
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 narrow 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 etc. to make your stay a more pleasant one.
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 or even astronomy and genealogy.
Guests have the sole use of Conroy's Old Bar and the rear garden.
Interaction with Guests
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. We are only a short drive from Coolbaun Quay, the popular wedding venue, Spa and Marina.
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 large 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.
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).
No Smoking - there is an exterior covered smoking area to the rear of the pub.
NOT available for Stag or Hen parties.
Please leave Conroy's Old Bar as you would wish to find it.
We had a brilliant weekend at Conroy's Old Bar! It's a fun and unique venue and it's perfect for a small group. Erron and her family were great hosts and we will definitely be visiting again.
Communication with Erron and Dave was wonderful. Dave met us at the pub. Actually, he came and found us as we were a tad lost and then had us follow him to the pub and reviewed everything with us there that we needed to know. He had a lovely turf fire already going for us to take the chill off as it was raining outside. Our kids (age 11 & 13) absolutely loved staying here and pretended to run the pub (with working cash register and everything). They insisted on serving us all of our drinks and even made us a yummy breakfast. We enjoyed a family dart tournament and a wonderful time together. The beds were very comfortable and we all had great sleeps. Erron recommended a scrumptious restaurant for dinner close by in Terryglass (The Derg) where we enjoyed a delicious meal and traditional music. Erron also treated us to afternoon tea at the Cottage Grove which also showcases many locally made crafts and a fairy garden. Our daughter was so enthralled with the fairy garden that it inspired us to start creating one at home. Erron even sent us detailed instructions on how to build our own fairy pods (as they would not travel well back to Canada). We also enjoyed touring Birr Castle, the gardens and their Adventure treehouse and bouncy pillow. The only thing that could've been better was the weather!
We arrived on Saturday evening and Dave had the fire in the pub lighting for us. We were given a tour of the pub and offered Dave and Errons help with whatever required. They even left an extra mixing bowl as my girlfriend wanted to bake some bread. The pub itself is amazing you really can't describe it till you see it yourself. Dave and Erron were extremely helpful and friendly throughout and we'll definitely return in the future.
Erron and Dave made us feel most welcome - finding Conroy's was an experience in itself as it is rather isolated.
Conroy's Bar is quite quirky and one needs to prepare by bringing the supplies you will need to make the most of one's stay. We found nearby Portumna to be far more congenial than the closer Borrisokane. A real bonus for us was the washing machine and dryer.
We arrived at the pub when it was already dark outside. Fireplace was lit for us and we fell in love with this truly unique place immediately.
Welcoming was warm and although we really enjoyed our conversations with both our warm hearted hosts, they gave us the privacy that we looked for.
This place is so versatile, if you're a couple or two looking for new experiences, or a group of friends, or a family, we can highly recommend the brilliant pub for you. Experience doesn't get more unforgettable than this.
Really can't say anything bad about it. Clean, cozy and so mind blowing experience to have your own bar!
We thank you for your hospitality and will be sending those finish coins to your register for sure!
Otto & Jules
4 of us stayed at the Pub for two nights this week. It was absolutely wonderful!! We surprised our parents and they thought it was the coolest place ever. Booking was so easy. She was incredibly quick to respond to emails, which was perfect because we were already in Ireland and didn't have cell service, only wifi. She took time to walk us through everything and had a warm and friendly personality. It was perfect.
About the Host, Erron
We Dave & Erron and our 3 children moved to Ireland in 2002 from a very industrial town in North Lincolnshire, England. We had found that our life in the town of Great Grimsby seemed to suit the lifestyle we craved, less and less.
Not only did we want a more rural lifestyle with fresh air, but also the chance to experience life at a much slower pace, where "normal" is to pass the time of day with total strangers. Where we could appreciate the night sky without light pollution, and have the time to notice the changing of the seasons.
We first moved to the village of Sixmilebridge in Co. Clare and then 2 years later moved to Aglish in Co. Tipperary where we bought Conroy's. The licence to the bar had already been sold and the village shop and Post Office had also been closed.
We originally thought that the property would make good self catering accommodation because of it's size, but it wasn't until we were refitting the kitchen in the main house and we were using the pub as our "make do kitchen", that we actually came up with the idea of keeping the bar intact and using it's uniqueness to it's advantage, and so
Ireland's 1st Self Catering Pub
Conroy's Old Bar was born.