As the Middle Ages go, the year 900 AD (just over 1100 years ago) would have been rather ho-hum and unremarkable except that an event took place on the banks of the legendary Shannon river in Ireland. In that year the first pub opened its doors to thirsty wayfarers and friars. This is so long ago that whiskey and beer were not yet even invented. Customers would have been getting their high drinking mead and honey wine flavored with spices and herbs and talking about Alfred the Great who demised the previous year or century, give or take. What is even more remarkable is that this pub, known today as Sean’s Bar, still exists and lays credible claim to being the oldest known surviving pub in the world. Sean’s Bar remains a popular meeting place and everyone adds to the happiness and ambience. Some when they enter; some when they leave.

Rishi Singh