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
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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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