Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge



It’s six o’clock on a Thursday evening and Hartigan’s – an old fashioned, family-run boozer on the doorstep of Stephen’s Green – is filling up with after-work drinkers. I’ve heard a few stories about this place. But this is my first time across its threshold.

With its rough-and-ready decor, bizarre zig-zag layout and curious blend of customers, Hartigan’s actually reminds me of nowhere so much (and I realise that this may be a pretty obscure reference for 99% of readers) as Julian’s of Midfield. Read the rest of this article here.

July 27th, 2009.


  1. paul Says:

    ahh julien’s..thousands of monged heads..bertie man

  2. Rob Says:

    what’s the story with your Irish Times colleague nicking your old idea?


  3. Eoin Says:

    @ Paul – you sure we’re thinking of the same Julien’s?

    @ Rob – Vigilance appreciated man, but I don’t think climbing Croagh Patrick was an original idea on my part!

  4. paul Says:

    yeah..it may well have been after you left mayo but some time between 2000-2005 buses used to run out there from all over mayo for banging hard house raves..i’d say it was shut down due to the sheer depravity of it all

  5. massey Says:

    Dunno if you saw Eoin but Barry Egan used quotes from your Lisa Hannigan interview in the Sindo yesterday

  6. Eoin Says:

    @ Paul – I’m shocked to the core to hear that.

    I was at a 50th wedding anniversary there last summer. If I’d know there were illicit substances on offer, I’d have jumped at the chance!

    @ Massey – Didn’t see that, no. Well there’s no higher honour, is there?

  7. paul Says:

    I know..don’t even get me started on the T.F., N17 or The Beaten Path..

  8. Eoin Says:

    I know the T.F. and N17 well. Where’s the Beaten Path? Also, does anyone ever hit Midas/Monsoon in Ballyhaunis anymore? That’s where it really used to be at.

    Also, Eyecatchers in Claremorris, although that was back around the dawn of time.

  9. paul Says:

    The Beaten Path was in Claremorris but burned down c 1995..I’ve heard of Midas but outside of that my knowledge of Ballyhaunis is limited, except that to some it’s known as Ballyhappyness. As far as I know Belmullet is where its at in terms of Mayo night clubs at the mo, what with the mix of shell executives, English protesters and local totty.

  10. Eoin Says:

    There’s actually a really dingy pub in Rossport that the protesters drink in. It’s owned by an very old man who isn’t really up to the job anymore, so the customers actually run the place. All drinks cost €3 which you put into the till/drawer yourself. There might be one of two locals keeping an eye, but it’s basically self-service.

    If you’re ever there they say stick to the cans and don’t under any circumstances drink anything out of the taps!

  11. Colin Says:

    Three Euro a can, with no staff, nice one. Probably one of the few pubs making a profit. Well, according to Vintners.

    Hartigan’s looks fine in the photo. Although charging close to 5 Euro a pint (speculation) is having an effect on the crowd. That, coupled with couches and tables lining the walls means less chance Aidan will have an “accident”.

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