The Blacksticks Bar is located on the outskirts of O'Callaghan's Mills Village, on the Scarriff - Feakle Road. It is an old style pub, dating back to the mid - 1800's.
The owners were Murphy's and O'Driscolls. The present owners are Pat and Mairead O'Brien, who purchased the premises in March 2003. The name ‘The Blacksticks' came about when the authorities in the mid 1800's were constructing a new bridge over the nearby Derane River. They cut down oak trees in the Silvergrove Wood, blackened the timbers in the fire to harden them, then they made a frame and built the bridge, thus they pub became known as ‘The Blacksticks'
Elenoir Shanley, Kate Purcill, Cormac McConnell, Noreen Hurley and Peader O'Riada have performed in the pub.
The Blacksticks is famous for Irish traditional music sessions over the years. Some famous musicians have played in the pub, Martin Rocheford, Vincent Griffen, Paddy O'Donoghue, Mary McNamara, Kevin Carey, Pat O'Connor, Seamus Bugler and Kate McNamara to mention just a few.
The traditional music sessions are still part of the entertainment on Bank Holiday weekends and some Saturday and Sunday nights.
The East-Clare Harriers Hunt and the East-Clare Farmers Hunt make the pub their meeting point when they have their annual hunts in the local area.
The local Dog & Gun club also use the pub for social functions.
The pub consists of two small bars and a kitchen area, where traditional sessions, singing, parties and other socials are held.
There is a meeting room, which is available for local clubs to meet. There is also an area in the front of the pub which is used in the summer months, with benches and seats to sit out on a sunny day.
Singing nights are also held and some well known singers take part, i.e. Eleanor
On the Sunday night of each Bank Holiday weekend throughout the year, Kate McNamara and friends play traditional music sessions and also on some Saturday nights, singing nights and traditional music sessions take place.
The neighbouring town of Tulla have a Traditional Music Festival in mid-September and The Blacksticks organise a weekend of music in conjunction with the Humours of Tulla Festival.
The Blacksticks is situated on the outskirts of O'Callaghan's Mills Village, which is located in the centre of East Clare and it is on one of the Loop Walks of the East Clare Way. The East Clare Way is a long distance walking route of 172 kilometres. The Walk starts in Killalow and travels around East Clare taking in 10 villages and towns in the region.
Fishing is also a local attraction. There are approximately 15 large lakes and a number of smaller lakes in the area. Pike, Perch, Tench, Rudd, Bream and Eels can be fished for from stands and boats. Trout fishing is also available in the local rivers.
Lough Derg and the Shannon rivers are only a 30 minute drive away. Limerick City, Ennis, Shannon Airport and Killaloe are 25 kilometres from The Blacksticks. Tourist attractions - Bunratty Castle & Folk Park and Craggaunoen are 20 kilometres away.
The East Clare Golf Club in Bodyke is only a 20 minute drive from The Blacksticks. It is an 18-hole Parkland course with clubhouse, bar restaurant and golf shop. There is also accommodation with holiday homes at the entrance to the club. There are other course in Clonlara and Mountshannon, only 30 minutes by car.
Whats on Offer:
- Late Bar
- Live Music
- Parties Catered For
- Beer Garden
- Car Parking
- Family Friendly
- Family Run
- Off Licence
- Open Fire
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"The Guinness, The Craic"
The Blacksticks pub - best pint of Guinness in the world! The craic is mighty as are the singing and dancing events held there. It is most entertaining to sit and listen to the locals discussing world events and local affairs
Review published 11 January 2010
Posted by: Butty Brennan
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