Thursday February 20, 2020

Pubs, pints and a fog of nostalgia

Reviewed this week: The Irish Pub, RTE One. True Detective, Sky Atlantic. Ray Donovan, Sky Atlantic.

22nd July, 2015
Liam Aherne (right), owner of the Palace Bar on Fleet Street in Dublin, in The Irish Pub (RTE One)

Back in the late 1990s, I worked with a fellow who came from a small town in the midlands. One evening, we were supping pints after another high-stakes day spent slaving away at the coalface of international journalism.

At one point, he was telling me something or other about his hometown. Out of curiosity, I asked him what the population of the place was.

“Six and a half thousand,” he replied. Then he added, almost...

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