Johnnie Fox’s Pub
A Living Museum
Johnnie Fox’s is also known for its association with Daniel O’Connell, who is widely regarded as the “Great Liberator” of Ireland. O’Connell was a prominent figure in Irish politics during the 19th century and was instrumental in securing Catholic Emancipation in 1829.
Whilst living in Glencullen he was a regular patron at Johnnie Fox’s Pub. In fact, it is said that he even attended a meeting at the pub, where he gave a rousing speech to his supporters. Glencullen is also where O’Connell met his wife, Mary O’Connell. Mary was born in the neighbouring village of Kilternan.
Furthermore, his daughter, Ellen, married on the mountain.
In 1823, O’Connell gave his blessing to Christy Fitzsimons to marry his daughter. The Fitzimons owned large swaths of land in the area, with their family living through generations in Glencullen.
There is also reference to ‘The Colonel’s House’ listed as a hideaway for Michael Collins in history books. Michael Collins was an Irish revolutionary, soldier and politician who was a leading figure in the early-20th century struggle for Irish independence.
In the early 1950’s, hosted the popular programme of traditional music and story telling, which was broadcast by Radio Telefis Eireann on Sunday nights. A tradition which prevails to this present day with the music and song still emanating from the famous location, 7 night a week.
Today, Johnnie Fox’s Pub is a world-renowned establishment that attracts visitors from far and wide. With its warm, welcoming atmosphere and rich cultural heritage, it continues to be a beloved destination for those looking to experience the best of Ireland’s traditions, music, and hospitality. Whether you’re a local or a visitor, we invite you to come and raise a glass with us, and to join us in celebrating the rich and vibrant culture of Ireland.
Even after all these years, Johnnie Fox’s has managed to preserve the original farm and farmhouse feel, with each area still named after its original purpose – The Pig House, The Top Kitchen, The Parlour, The Haggart…
The Top Kitchen
Johnnie Fox’s Pub was originally a small holding farm, the pub of today holds many aspects of the farm with a dining area named “The Pig House” and also one can still see where the animals were housed in “The Haggart” area with it’s small private rooms set off to the sides surrounding the court yard area. In those day’s a person would “arrange” to meet at Johnnie Fox’s and sit and talk around the fire, exchange tales and news and current affairs and sip a pint or three in the process. Not much has changed, we are just a little busier now with a few more staff than family members serving our guests, but our principles remain the same… great food, lots to drink and the very best of traditional Irish entertainment.