"Have Ye No Homes To Go To? The History Of the Irish Pub"
By Kevin Martin
Release date: 15 May
Publisher: The Collins Press
Available to pre-order on Amazon etc.
The pub has been at the center of Irish life for centuries. It has played many roles: funeral home, restaurant, grocery shop, music venue, job center and meeting place for everyone from poets to revolutionaries. Often plain and unpretentious, it is a neutral ground, a leveler – a home away from home. From the feasts of high kings, through the heady gang-ruled pubs of nineteenth-century New York, right up to the gay bars and super-pubs of today, this is an entertaining journey through the evolution of the Irish pub. Our ‘locals’ have become a global phenomenon: the export of the Irish pub, its significance to emigrants and its portrayal in cinema, television and literature are engagingly explored.
The story of the Irish pub is the story of Ireland itself.