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Palace Bar boss is crowned top pub proprietor

A DUBLIN publican has been honoured with a Hall of Fame award.

Popular proprietor, Liam Aherne, owner of the famous Palace Bar in Dublin's Fleet Street, has been recognised by the Tipperary Association Dublin to be crowned winner of the award for 2011.

A favourite haunt among Tipperary hurlers for decades, the Palace Bar has been a "home from home" for many of the Munster county since Liam's late father Bill started the long-standing custom to hold post-match events and celebrations.


It has strong historical links with the Tipperary Association Dublin and is thought by many as the unofficial headquarters for Tipp supporters in the city.

The bar is a trendy hotspot and has become a post-match tradition for many sporting fans across all counties and sports.

President of the Association, Liam Myles told the Herald: "The family has supported us for years, we meet monthly at their premises and they have been very generous to us -- we held the announcement of Liam's award there last night too. Whenever Tipperary wins an All-Ireland final, the Liam McCarthy cup is always there on the following Monday and there's a blood connection also, with Liam's late father Bill so it was an obvious choice."

Mr Myles added that he is personally very grateful for the Palace Bar's continuous support.

Mr Aherne's family took over the venue in the 1940s and since then the bar has welcomed a host of literary and sports figures.

Kavanagh once described the bar as "a temple of art" and it still attracts the likes of Seamus Heaney, while other writers such as Samuel Beckett were known to be regular visitors.

Mr Aherne will be officially crowned the winner of the Hall of Fame Award for 2011 at a ceremony due to take place on April 28.

The presentation for Mr Aherne will be held at the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, Dublin, as part of the association's annual awards.