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History

Keenan's pub was originally founded in 1838 by Hubert Reynolds. In the early 1900's it was temporarily moved from the family but was bought back again. It is steeped in history with many generations of old photographs to help our memory recall.

A great grand-father of Barry Keenan, known locally as 'The Great J M' D.' from Dromod, Co.Leitrim, published a book in 1886 called , "Irish National Poems", which contains a selection of poems which he wrote during that period. A very humble man indeed, most of his poetry being written at night or on Sunday evenings, so little time had he to call his own - being a working farmer. "I am, therefore, obliged to place my unpretending little work before the public "with all it's faults". However, I trust my readers will bear in mind that my aim has ever been to infuse hope and courage into the hearts and minds of my countrymen, and to hasten, as far as in my power lay, Ireland's deliverance, so that the good object the author had in view may outweigh the defects in the workmanship" J M'D. 1886.

We hold the original copy here and there is another copy in the archives of the National Library in Dublin.
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