On August 20, 2012, Herlihy's Bar, Farranfore will be celebrating a very special birthday, the centenary of its ownership by the Collins, Herlihy and O'sullivan family.
In 1912 the great-grandfather of the present owner (Marie O' Sullivan) bought the premises in Farranfore as a dowry for his eldest daughter Minnie on her marriage to Daniel F. O'sullivan, Ballyfinnane, Firies.
After the birth of their second child Minnie's health deteriorated and she died a young woman. Subsequent to her death, her father Michael 'The Boss' Collins (of what is now Riverside Inn in Currans), once again purchased the bar from his son-in-law Dan Florry as a dowry for his youngest daughter Kathleen (the present owner's grandmother) on the occasion of her marriage to Richie Herlihy of Clountarriv, Ballymacelligott in 1925.
Richie and Kathleen had two daughters Maura and Gabie. Maura (who died in 2009) used to reminisce on starting working behind the bar aged 11 years. In the late 1950s Maura married Pat O'sullivan of Dromore, Farranfore. Pat and Maura continued to run the business until Pat's sudden death in 2006. At this point Maura withdrew from the day-to-day running of the bar, handing over the reins to their only daughter Marie.
Over the years many changes have taken place (not least of which was the accidental burning of the original one-storey thatched pub and construction of the present structure in 1930) and many patrons have passed through the doors of Herlihy's Bar.
During Marie's lifetime she can remember many 'characters' now deceased and many nights of laughter, story- telling, song and dance over which her mother Maura presided with great aplomb.
In memory of her mother and of such nights, Marie instigated Maura's Rambling House in 2010. It is held on the last Friday night of each month. This coming Friday night (April 27) Rambling House will mark the first of the Centenary Celebrations.
Due to the special nature of the occasion, the traditional storytelling and song be augmented by a music session. In fact three session musicians (Charlie Verdon, Michael Allen and Barry Baker) will be "winding their way" from Dublin and Tipperary for the occasion, as always all are welcome.
Further events planned for the lead- up to the centenary are cross-roads dancing (weather permitting!), a centenary barbecue and a photographs and memories night to name but a few.
Marie is currently in the process of researching and compiling an exhibition pertaining to her family, Farranfore Village and the many patrons who passed through her doors over the years, which will be on display in the premises for the centenary itself.
She would be grateful for any assistance in this task, particularly that of a photographic, documentary or folklore nature. Anyone willing to lend such material for copying, should contact Marie at Herlihy's Bar, Farranfore or by phone on 066 9764135.