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The Old Ship, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

44 Main Street
Co. Wicklow

Tel: +353 (0) 402 32271
Fax: +353 (0) 86 5 8170599
Proprietor: John & Geraldine Condren

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Family run pub on the Main Street in Arklow. Serving good food and drink. Whether you are hungry at breakfast time, peckish at mid morning or looking for a substantial lunch at a very competitive price. Look no further. The Old Ship is the place to satisfy all your food or beverage requirements. Call in and let us live up to our claim... Good Food, Good Drink Good Craic.

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History of Arklow
Nobody knows how old Arklow is. That it was founded by the Vikings in the 8th or 9th century is the generally accepted starting point, but there is evidence to show that there was a well-known trading post at the mouth of the river Avoca for centuries before that. The wide estuary gave the town its Irish name - An T-Inbhear Mór.

The marsh directly across the river from The Old Ship is a reminder of how wide that estuary was. The name Arklow is derived from the Norse personal name Arnkell and the Norse word lo meaning a low lying meadow near water.

From the beginning, Arklow was a fishing and trading port. The Vikings were also excellent shipwrights and their boatbuilding skills passed down the generations. From 1864 to 1994, the yard of John Tyrrell & Sons continued the tradition, gaining for Arklow an international reputation. Among the creations were Francis Chichester’s Gypsy Moth III, in which he won the first transatlantic single handed yacht race, and Ireland’s national sail-training brigantine Asgard II.

Arklow Maritime Museum, which tells the story of Arklow’s long and diverse seafaring traditions, is a five minute walk from The Old Ship. Between here and there are the remains of Arklow Castle, built in c.1625. Oliver Cromwell spent the night of September 29th, 1649 in that castle as he marched to the massacre at Wexford. He had crossed the river by ferry, roughly where the present bridge stands and passed up this street. His order to destroy the castle came some months later in 1650. Had we been here serving food ,he might have left in a better mood.

On June 9th, 1798, Arklow was the scene of the most important battle of the United Irishman Rebellion. County Wexford was in rebel hands, and had they taken Arklow as a bridgehead into the County Wicklow, the road to Dublin would have been open. An estimated 15,000 combatants fought for 5 hours. The small garrison held the town and the tide of the rebellion was turned. A commemorative monument to that terrible day can be seen near the tourist office in the Parade Ground. The figure on top, Fr. Michael Murphy, points the way to Dublin.

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  • Food
  • Live Music
  • Parties Catered For
  • Pub Quiz
  • Restaurant
  • Sport


  • Baby-changing Facilities
  • Beer Garden
  • Car Parking
  • Family Friendly
  • Family Run
  • High Chairs
  • Open Fire
  • Smoking Area
  • WiFi


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