The bar at Davy Byrne's

Taken propped on the bar. So was the camera.

  • Paul Freeney 7y

    Some of us Dublin guys (not me I hasten to add) are so hard it takes a marble bar counter to hold them up.
  • Stephen McParlin 7y

    One of my Dad's friends, Martin Byrne, tells a tale of being an innocent young student, having a quiet pint in here, when he was drawn into a session with Brendan Behan and Randolph Churchill. He had no idea who Behan was, which points to him being a little wet behind the ears. He survived the experience, but his liver took some severe punishment.
  • Paul Freeney 7y

    That story could well be true. My own father worked with Behan at one stage and was stupid enough to loan him a small amount of money, which he never saw again.
    Winston Churchill son of Randolph spent summer holidays in Dublin as a child, so it is quite possible therefore that Randolph drank in Dublin.
    As for Behan and Randolph drinking together, well I would assume they bumped into each other in Davy's and got into company in that way. I don't think Randolph and Brendan would make an appointment to meet for 'a few jars'.
  • Stephen McParlin 7y

    Judging by the time (probably in the early 1960s) I think it would have been Winston Churchill's son, Randolph, rather than his father. It appears that they were of a similar age, with a similar liking for the sauce. I can't see the two of them seeing eye-to-eye on politics mind.
  • Paul Freeney 7y

    Of course you are right, Randolph Snr and the Borstal Boy would have been different generations.
    What would we or any reporter of the time give to be a fly on that bar.
    What a conversation of drunken banter has history missed out on.
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Taken on April 17, 2008
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