a city of life, hospitality and fun, with a pub culture
that is famous throughout the world. Dublin
is Ireland's capital and Europe's most treasured city. It
is steeped in tradition and history.
San Diego has it's very own piece of Dublin, snug in the
corner of San Diego's Fourth Avenue. Dublin Square Irish
Pub was manufactured by O'Sullivan Interiors and shipped
thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean. It is an authentic
Irish pub exuding the warm hospitality and fun that is typically
Where It All Began
was first built in 1702 in Kilkenny Ireland. In 1857 it
was bought and did up by the Darcy Family, close family
relative to the present publican James Coady. In 1912 it
was bought by the Tynan family, the Tynans paid 2000 pounds
for the bar at that time. The bar would later be bought
by the Coady family, James Coady, wife Caith and sisters
Breda and Mary. On a trip to Ireland Publican Samme Ladckie enjoyed Tynan's Pub so much, he decided to build an exact replica of Tynan's in San Diego.
In 2001 the two pubs were twinned in a ceremony held in
Kilkenny, Ireland. In attendance was the Lord Mayor of Kilkenny, the Coady family, Alf France - Guinness Development Manager, Michael Kough, Billy O'Sullivan of O'Sullivan Interiors of Waterford, the Loyal Patrons of Tynan's Pub and Publican Samme Ladckie. In 2002 Twinning ceremonies were also held
in San Diego at Dublin Square.
the banks of Ireland's meandering River Suir, in Waterford,
is the home of O'Sullivan Interiors, Ireland's most
authentic pub design company. Stemming from an
area steeped in tradition and historical background,
where the River Suir meets the River Nore and the River
Barrow to form one of Ireland's most scenic and treacherous
estuaries, fierce Viking raiders created a settlement
they called "Vatre Fiord". This area,
that resembled their own Scandinavian land, remains
today and is called the City of Waterford.
Another ancient settlement was
created in Kilkenny on the River Nore, by the Vikings'
descendants, the Normans. These
majestic invaders built castles and courts that dotted
Ireland's landscape, and many of them are still evident
today. In the passing of time, the Normans adopted
Irish customs, intermarried with local Celts, and, it
is said that they became as Irish as the Irish themselves.
ancient Celtic games and the great Irish pastime of
story telling, fun and music, the Celtic tradition
became famous for it's pub culture over the years,
especially with the introduction of a certain Irish
porter called Guinness.
Square Irish Pub's shop front is typical of the original
fronts on Dublin's famous Grafton Street, where you
can sit in the blissful surroundings watching the world
go by. Time stands still in the Irish heritage
pubs. The Horse Shoe Bar in Dublin Square Irish
Pub is a replica of Kilkenny's 19th Century Tynan
Bridge House Bar. It is made from solid Irish
oak, and every detail has been painstakingly reproduced,
down to the moldings, panels, and hand carvings. The
quality of O'Sullivan Interiors' Irish craftsmen is
very evident. The bar creates its own truly unique
identity and is a fitting tribute of originality and
of the character of Ireland's heritage pubs.
Lounge is a replica of the old Shelbourne Lounge in
Dublin City, with it's original cast iron fireplace,
and Dublin City bench seats and period chairs, all
of which compliment the stained glass snug screens. The
interior completely recreates the feeling of an old
Irish Victorian bar.
the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your sails.
May the sun shine fresh upon your fields.
And may God hold you in the palm of his hand."