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Established 1798

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.

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The Farmhouse

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 Pighouse

A place where the farm animals were fed & homed. Now, for the enjoyment of our guests to dine & enjoy the hearth (toasty fire) in the cold of the winter and memories of times forgotten adorning the walls…

The Top Kitchen

was typically located in the chief’s residence. This was the central kitchen where the highest quality food was prepared for the ruling elite and their guests.

The Haggart

Was the small outdoor enclosure for storing hay, straw, and other fodder for livestock during the winter months when grazing was limited.

The Parlour

Where our ‘Hooleys’ take place. A slightly Wild or noisy Party in the Private Room, originally the ‘Parloir’, which was used for special guests occasionally. AKA “The Best Room” of the house.

The 6 Senses at Johnnie Fox’s



The moment you step in, you'll see that it’s a living museum, a vision of a bygone era in Ireland. The flickering of the fire at the Hearth, the sight of tempting fayre and bakes, the mesmerising entertainment… you’ll be surrounded by visual splendor.


The tear drop sound of a celtic bodhrán, the uneven dents created by enthusiastic toe-tappers and dancers alike, the crackling and hissing of a roaring fire, the gentle hum and laughter from contented folk, the pumps from the Guinness tap, the old style, aching singing from die-hard devotees of Irish ballads…


A veritable assortment of authentic culinary tastes, drinks and bakes that would excite any hungry soul.


Scent of a smokey wood-burning natural fire, waft of savoury smells from the kitchen, roasting barley & hop from Stout and the heavenly aroma from bread and cakes in the bakery…


Feel the history come alive as you touch the ancient walls and artefacts. The camaraderie and affection between folk, eager hands wrapped around a pint, warm hot bread just out of the bakery…

ESP (Extra Sensory Perception)

Overwhelming feelings that evoke a sense of warmth, comfort, and togetherness. The feeling of the ‘Spirit of Old Ireland’ that’s not just presented in glasses… but the walls, the artefacts, the buildings, the land…at best of all, the people.
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The Haggart

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.

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