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Saturday 19 August 2017

Exhibition raises a glass to Bertie and Clinton's snug pints

At the official opening of the exhibition were, left to right, John Gleeson from Gleeson’s pub, Booterstown, and LVA chairman; Charlie Chawke, publican; Deirdre Devitt, of The Two Sisters Pub, Terenure; and Ronan Lynch, owner of The Swan Pub, York Street. Photo: Sasko Lazarov
At the official opening of the exhibition were, left to right, John Gleeson from Gleeson’s pub, Booterstown, and LVA chairman; Charlie Chawke, publican; Deirdre Devitt, of The Two Sisters Pub, Terenure; and Ronan Lynch, owner of The Swan Pub, York Street. Photo: Sasko Lazarov
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

The pint glasses that Bertie Ahern and Bill Clinton toasted with in Fagan's Pub in Drumcondra are to go on display as part of a new exhibition.

Clinton visited Bertie's favourite watering hole in 2000, drinking a glass of Carlsberg while the former Taoiseach enjoyed his usual pint of Bass.

It is just one of the displays at the Little Museum of Dublin as part of new exhibition A Little History of the Dublin Pub, which runs until September 24.

Part of the museum will be transformed into a "fully functional snug" where people can rest their weary feet. Sadly, the museum does not have a licence, so visitors will have to wait to enjoy a drink.

But the museum's curators are hoping this will whet visitors' whistle and encourage them to visit some of Dublin's finest bars.

"The Dublin pub is one of the most iconic elements of Irish culture. Throughout its long history, the public house has been a place of celebration and commiseration, where the magical, the miserable and the mundane rub shoulders," said curator Simon O'Connor.

Irish Independent

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