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Bar­nac­ul­lia, Sandy­ford, Dublin 18 Tel: (01) 216 0487 the­blue­

For over 300 years, The Blue Light has been a bea­con for those in search of mu­sic and craic at the foothills of the Dublin Moun­tains. Built from hand-cut stone, boast­ing one of the best views of the city be­yond, and warmed by cosy, roar­ing open turf res, there’s plenty to rec­om­mend this au­then­tic ex­am­ple of an Ir­ish pub – not least the wel­com­ing clien­tele and staff.

The pub was named for the ship’s lan­tern out front, which was once used to sig­nal to smug­glers that it was safe to bring their con­tra­band spir­its ashore, and to no­tify lo­cals that the party was about to be­gin. You won’t go hun­gry with their hearty bar-food and the piz­zas served at the week­ends. In ad­di­tion, they’re fully stocked with ne Ir­ish whiskey and a su­perb range of craft beers from lo­cal brew­eries.

There’s also mu­sic seven nights a week, in­clud­ing blue­grass, folk and trad ses­sions, guest mu­si­cians, and mu­sic in the court­yard on Sun­days. Thurs­day nights at The Blue Light, mean­while, have been taken over by a hugely pop­u­lar res­i­dency from The Re­ceipts (See page 28). So, whether you’re in for a quiet pint, get­ting in­volved in a sing-song, or ham­mer­ing out a tune on the pub’s pi­ano (a gift from U2), craic is guar­an­teed at The Blue Light.

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