There’s a new book out about the history of the Irish pub. We don’t know too much about it yet as we haven’t got a copy, but we assumed you would all like to know about it. We’ll do a review once we’ve read it.
The book is written by Kevin Martin from Westport who has taught English and communication and cultural studies for 25 years. The blurb for the book reads:
‘It’s a central presence in our society and culture, but how much do we really know about the Irish pub? This comprehensive history entertainingly examines its evolution from the Bruideans of ancient times to Norman ‘alewives’ to Celtic Tiger super pubs. It gives insight into the current state of the industry and reflects on the future: the pub is changing, and technology is altering the way we interact. Will the Irish pub survive in a form that we recognise? This celebration of these spaces of pleasure, pain and rites of passage is a reaffirmation of the need to cherish the pub as part of our living heritage.’
The book will be published in May by Collins Press. Link.