M O’Shea

A pub, a place of pilgrimage and a greengrocers, M O’Shea wears its multitasking hat with pride

M O'Shea's provided by James Fennell
M O'Shea's provided by James Fennell

Tucked away in the midland town of Borris, County Carlow, M O’Shea has held fast to its roots as a multitasking pub. And that’s no mean feat. The building it occupies has operated as a grocer and a bar since the 19th century.

The O’Shea family bought the pub in 1934 with its purchaser, Michael O’Shea, earning the no-fuss moniker of “Bossman”. We’re guessing patrons knew where they stood.

M O'Shea's pub
M O'Shea's pub

When O’Shea and his wife passed away in the 1980s, their son Jim and his wife Carmel took over the grocer-pub. Today, they keep it in the tradition that has earned it so many loyal local patrons. There are no gimmicks here: this is a true rural, family-run pub and chances are you’ll be the only tourist.

Come for the atmosphere, stay for a pint and leave with your shopping.

Not bad for a bar.

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