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Eagled eyed early morning commuters might have noticed that some of Dublin city’s most famous bars have mysteriously changed names overnight. Toners Yard is now ‘Tobin’s’, The Waterloo is ‘Finnegan’s’, and Reillys on Merrion Row is ‘Cole’s’.

What’s happening?

As well as mysterious new names, these bars have a little more in common.

They were all favourite spots of some of our literary greats who liked to stop in, let their creative juices flow and get some inspiration. 

Dracula author Bram Stoker was a frequent visitor to Toners, and even though he wasn’t a pub fan, WB Yeats once stopped in for a glass of sherry, brought by Oliver St. John Gogarty on his first visit to a traditional Irish pub.

Up the road in the heart of Patrick Kavanagh’s Baggotonia, The Waterloo Bar was a favourite haunt of the Stony Grey Soil poet and the legendary Borstal Boy Brendan Behan, widely regarded as one of the greatest Irish writers and poets of all time.

More recently Seamus Heaney stopped in for literary libation. Kavanagh, Behan and their comic genius contemporary Flann O’Brien are also known to have a sat on a stool in pubs further down Baggot Street and Merrion Row, with names today including Foleys and Reillys.

Wednesday night saw Hennessy announce the winners of the 47th annual Hennessy Literary Awards and like the end of mystery novel it all becomes clear when we read that Aaron Finnegan won the First Fiction category, Louise G. Cole won for Emerging Poetry, and Manus Boyle Tobin won for Emerging Fiction, as well as being named the Hennessy New Irish Writer of the Year.

So for 48 hours this weekend Toners Yard, The Waterloo and Reillys will be known as Tobin’s, Finnegan’s and Cole’s to celebrate new Irish writing and the literary achievements of this year’s Hennessy Literary Awards winners.



Dublin pub MVP is officially "dog-friendly" once again.

The Clanbrassil St bar was forced to ban pooches from the premises last month following a visit from the HSE.

However in a post on the MVP Facebook page today, the owners stated that they had decided to open their doors to dogs again, having had no formal contact from the HSE on why canines would not have been allowed in the first place.

"As of today, we are allowing dogs back on the premises of MVP," the post reads. 

"We have received no formal written information on why this was not allowed in the first place, nor have any other bars in Dublin been notified.

"So we are going to continue trading as we have done, and as countless bars & cafes across the country have done, for years.

"At the end of the day, we have a business, and jobs to protect, and lots of customers who are loyal and faithful to what we have built here."

Despite the recent HSE crackdown, the general policy has previously (at least informally) been that pub owners make their own decision on whether dogs should be allowed, based on their own assessment of the risks involved. A petition to allow dog-friendly pubs and cafés to be officially made legal here already has over 7,000 signatures.

Right, we're off to MVP to pet some pooches.