Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Cronin's Sheebeen

Cronin's Sheebeen is a thatched roof pub about a mile from Westport. The Guiness is cold, the atmosphere warm, and the mussels served in a garlic cream sauce. I ate and drank and read The Ghost Light, Joseph O'Connor's new novel based on an affair between the Irish playwright John Millington Synge (The Playboy of the Western World, Riders to the Sea) and the actress Molly Allgood (sister of Sara Allgood, known best to American audiences for her portrayal of Beth Morgan in How Green Was My Valley). Though Ghost is overwritten at times, its dialogue is impeccable and the view into a time when actors and playwrights were disdained as well as revered never ceases to fascinate.

9 comments:

Roy said...

A pleasant enough pub. Seems a bit empty, though. Liked the Dick Gaughan soundtrack!

sEAN bENTLEY said...

How green was my coaster!

Terrific - love the B&W and the titling!

K. said...

Roy: It was mid-afternoon on a weekday. The Sheebeen jumps on Friday and Saturday nights.

Sean: It's called Fun With iMovie and app called SilentFilm. I can't believe that I just now discovering iMovie.

paula said...

love the soft focus b/w, and mmmm, mussels in garlic cream sauce!!! I'll be right over.

Darlene said...

Because I am usually alone when in a pub, it was nice to see the woman enjoying her pint while reading the paper.

I loved Cronins Sheebeen and wish I could join you for mussels in garlic sauce.

K. said...

Paula: We've got plenty of room!

Darlene: That was no woman, that was my wife!

Darlene said...

Oops - I won't tell her that you said she wasn't a women. ;-)

Ginny said...

Enjoyed the visit to the pub!

pinkpackrat said...

That was a lovely armchair visit I must say. Could I have another Guinness please?