Sunday 25 February 2018

A new dawn for the city's tragic Sunset House pub

Author and legendary boozer Brendan Behan finally has a pub named after him in his native city, writes Liam Collins

Cheers: Liam Collins outside the Brendan Behan, formerly the Sunset House pub in Summerhill. Photo: Tony Gavin
Cheers: Liam Collins outside the Brendan Behan, formerly the Sunset House pub in Summerhill. Photo: Tony Gavin
Liam Collins

Liam Collins

Why would you get a slightly uneasy feeling walking into a Dublin pub on a summer's afternoon?

Well this particular hostelry used to be called The Sunset House and after being closed for several months following the assassination of dissident IRA man Mickey Barr in the Kinahan/Hutch feud, it has now re-opened, prosaically re-named The Brendan Behan.

Maybe it's apt that the author of The Quare Fellow, banged up in Mountjoy Gaol for attempting to shoot a policeman, has finally had a pub named after him in his native city.

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