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A Landmark

The history of The Tap Tavern dates back for many hundreds of years, though of course it was not called TheTap Tavern until relatively recently. The Tap lies in the wake of the 11th century St. Multos church. There is 15th century documentation which puts a single story building on the site of what is now The Tap. This building was a meeting point where people would gather either before or after attending church to discuss the affairs of the day or gossip about their neighbors or philosophize. Little has changed in 500 years.

More recently, 1933, John(Sheano) Barry took over the bar. He called the bar ‘Barrys’ and ran it with his wife Annie Barry. When Sheano died his wife Annie ran the bar successfully right up until her death in 1974 when the Bar was handed down in the family to Mary O’Neill and her husband Tim O’Neill who renamed it "The Tap Tavern". The bar is currently being managed by Mary and Tim’s son Brian.

A Traditional Irish Pub Run in a Traditional Manner

In the hustle and bustle and opulence of Kinsale it is a pleasure to find a pub that still retains the character and beauty that gave Irish pubs their name. To often we see beautiful old pubs ripped asunder and replaced with the ubiquitous pseudo-old pubs that can now be found in every corner of the country. The Tap Tavern is not such a pub; it is a traditional Irish pub run in a traditional manner. Upon entering The Tap Tavern you are transported back to a bygone era. You will be immediately struck be the number of old pictures and memorabilia that you will find around the bar.

Patrons often say that it doesn’t matter how often they enter the bar they will always see something new and interesting that they hadn’t seen before. Kinsale can boast many placed to eat and drink and most of these places are unique in their own way The Tap is legendary for being The Tap and long may it stay that way.

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12th Century Well

A medieval well was uncovered in the yard of the premises at the Tap Tavern Bar at Guardwell, Kinsale, in the summer of 1999. This amazing discovery was made by builders who were preparing the new Beer Garden. Noticing that a pattern of stones seemed to be formed underneath a slab of concrete, local builder Ted McNamara and his team investigated further to discover four steps leading into an oval-shaped well which is made of dry stone.

Archaeologists who were called to the scene determined that the well dates back to the 11th or 12th century and that it is an unusual type of well for this area. In addition to finding a stone, carved with images of a dragon on one side and a fish on the other, in the well, human bones were also removed. It is thought that the 15th century stone must have fallen from St Multose Church at some stage in the past. The O'Neill family has given this stone to Reverend Williams for the church, while he has buried the human bones in the cemetery at St Multose.

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