A small family run pub in the quiet suburb of Clontarf may not be on the traveller to Dublin’s list of places to visit, but it should be! It is sometimes said of Dublin that we have too many pubs – who said that? Crazy! But we certainly have a lot on offer. And it can be hard to choose with so many vying for your attention.
Nestled amongst a small village of restaurants and cafes, The Sheds is an old school pub with an old school atmosphere. During the day it is quiet, but every night it is alive to the locals chat and laughter.
Named ‘Connollys’ over the door after the family who have run it well through 3 generations (many of whom are still behind the bar!), it has been called ‘The Sheds’ affectionately since before it was a pub. For here in bygone times, when Clontarf was just a small village on a rich landlords land, was where the wives of the fishermen would cut up the catch of the day in the ‘fish sheds’! Inside the pub you will see some stained glass pictures of these long dead women doing their daily work.
Housed upstairs is something not normally found in a suburban pub. It is the ‘Viking Theatre’, where weekly there are independent plays put on with many a renowned actor making an appearance on it’s small stage.
Altogether with the culture upstairs and the craic down, the Sheds is certainly worth putting on your tourist to-do list!