We came across a tidbit of history on The Long Hall twitter page that we thought was very much worth sharing.
Once owned by Mr. Patrick F. O’Brien, an antiques enthusiast, the pub used to be exploding full with antiques of various kinds from around the world. It still retains some of those collected by Mr. O’Brien, including the grandfather clock behind the bar, the chandeliers of different design that hang from the ceiling, and the muskets that hang from the wall.
One thing that predates Mr. O’Brien’s ownership, is an antique Powers whiskey mirror. Last year The Long Hall celebrated 250 years of existence, and they partnered with Powers whiskey to make a special commemorative and limited edition whiskey. Obviously during this celebration, the Powers archivists had a look around for materials that show the long standing ties between pub and distiller.
They managed to dig out a copy of the original order for the mirror. The publican at the time was a Mr. Fitzpatrick. The description of the order includes ‘1 mirror screen usual design, plain back, size 7’0 x 2’5 3′ pol. mahogany.’. The cost was ‘£3. 16. 0.’, and the mirror was made by ‘W.W. Cleland. Ltd.’
It’s a fantastic resource to have records for items such as these.