Tuesday 25 September 2018

McManus' is 120 years old!

Olivia Ryan

It is without doubt one of Dundalk's oldest pubs, now celebrating the 120th anniversary since first opening in Seatown.

McManus' pub has long been a leading a light in Dundalk's social scene, generating not just a local buzz, but becoming a major attraction for tourists.

Launched in 1897 and remaining under the McManus family ownership for generations, it has certainly stood the test of time, retaining that old world charm and traditional Irish welcome.

Having changed ownership to the McElarney family for many years, it has it recent times been owned by a local company Seatown Tavern's, and managed by local woman Valerie Lawless.

A huge part of the fabric of Dundalk's pub scene, McManus garnered international attention after it emerged that several of the Corrs sisters had worked there before they secured a hit music career.

'We still have people coming to see the pub because of the Corr's connection,' said Valerie.

'But we're delighted to welcome people just to visit us and sample the atmosphere,' she added.

A hugely popular venue for young people, it also has the unique ability to cater equally for all ages.

'Our oldest customer is in his 80s!' added Valerie. 'Not a lot has changed over the last 120 years, and I think that's what people like to come here to experience.'

Now, to mark the incredible 120 year legacy of the pub Valerie is hosting a black tie celebration this Friday, November 10th.

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