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After a week of salads and grilling, I don't have any recipes or cookbooks to share today, but I did watch a delightful documentary from Alex Fegan called The Irish Pub. Ahhh to have a cold pint with good friends and let the conversation turn to something innocuous like the weather.
In The Irish Pub, we travel around Ireland meeting pub owners and their customers and visiting the ubiquitous community gathering place. I loved this look at Ireland, and I learned quite a bit too.
For example, do you know what a snug is? Were you aware that many pubs owners are multifuncitonal, serving up pints as well as acting as undertakers and grocers? Do you know what makes a good pint?
Although some pubs started to modernize in the 1960s, many traditional family-owned businesses stayed the same, and their patrons are thankful. The Irish Pub makes it clear that the village pub is one of the most important links in connecting a community and is a place where young and old can meet to discuss whatever is on their minds. Some pubs are the keepers of local history; others foster local music and musicians. All offer friendship and support.
Oh how I wish I lived in a community with a local hangout. Instead my town has a transient nature, and we lack a pub, where "everybody knows your name." Most Irish towns and cities, however, still harbor traditional establishments, many of which have stayed in the same family for generations.
Pour yourself a Guinness and download The Irish Pub from your favorite streaming service. It's a wonderful and charming look at one of Ireland's long-standing traditions. (Note: you might want to put on closed captioning if you're not used to an Irish brogue.)