THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS BAR NEVER TO SERVE ALCOHOL – UNTIL NOW
The Big Screen’s Pat Cohan’s Bar
Opens Its Doors to Patrons for the First Time
Cong, Ireland, October 15, 2008 – Movie lovers will finally have the chance to drink at the legendary Pat Cohan’s Bar, immortalized in the 1952 Academy Award nominated film The Quiet Man.
Directed by John Ford and starring Maureen O’Hara and John Wayne, The Quiet Man is considered the most authentic depiction of rural Ireland in the 1930’s. Pat Cohan’s Bar served as the local watering-hole for John Wayne in the film. Today, after a two-year restoration, guests can enjoy a cold pint of “black beer” standing exactly where John Wayne stood 57 years ago. After the filming, the space existed as a supermarket and, in 2003, became a souvenir shop. The bar restoration began in 2006 and was completed by using still shots taken from a DVD of the movie and matching each detail to perfection, down to the wall hangings, pint glasses and even the antique wine cork.
Two of the film’s most memorable scenes were shot on the famous Ashford Castle Estate, a five minute walk from Pat Cohan’s Bar. The Quiet Man’s fight scene in which John Wayne punches Victor McLaglen into the river was shot on the Ashford Castle grounds and the climactic scene in which John Wayne drags his wife back from the Castletown train station to be reunited with her family was shot on the Ashford Castle Golf Course.
For the past 70 years, the 13th century Ashford Castle has been welcoming guests from all over the world. The cast and crew of The Quiet Man stayed at the castle while the movie was being filmed in 1951.
About Ashford Castle:
With its long list of diversions, Ashford Castle is sublimely remote and relatively undiscovered, adding to its appeal as a vacation destination. The centuries-old castle is set on 350 acres of County Mayo, on the shores of Lough Corrib and the River Cong, with a spectacular backdrop of woodlands, lake, river, and mountains. It features 83 guestrooms and is renowned for a range of country sports including an equestrian center, fly fishing, an exclusive nine-hole golf course, Ireland’s first school of falconry and sporting clay shooting. Several dining rooms and bars, along with a gracious afternoon tea service, round out the amenities. For more information, please visit www.ashford.ie.