- Nolans Railway Hotel (now The Irishman's
Pub where George Bernard Shaw stayed.
- Image from Carlow in Old
Picture Postcards' by Michael Purcell.
- The Irishman's Pub today
Situated in one of the best trading positions in town,
on the Dublin Road, opposite the Court House The Irishman's has been
in the same ownership for over 40 years and during that time has
built up an excellent reputation.
The following is from 'Carlow in Old Picture Postcards' by
Michael Purcell. 1994. Image 47.
The Railway Hotel was also a grocery and bar. Miceal O'Nuallain
had his name in Irish over the door, so the premises became known as
the Irishman's. In 1918 George Bernard Shaw stayed here as a guest.
Later he was to recall: 'The proprietress presented a joint of
Carlow Pig for supper, I explained that I did not partake of dead
animals or their product, to which she replied, you won't last long
without'. Some thirty years later G.B.S. was secretly administered
meat products in his soup, he died shortly afterwards at the age of
94! The purpose of Shaw's visit was to inspect seventeen Carlow
properties that he had inherited. Later he was to donate the
properties to Carlow U.D.C. In 1990 a plaque erected by Carlow
County Heritage Society acknowledged Shaw as a benefactor of Carlow.
Today the U.D.C. distribute funds accruing from his legacy to
subsidise cultural projects. In 1959 the premises was acquired by
John Hargaden, he continues to trade under the name of 'The
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