July 23, 2015

1764 IRELAND (Leinster) - Temple Bar Pub in Dublin

Temple Bar is an area on the south bank of the River Liffey in central Dublin, promoted as Dublin's cultural quarter. The historic name of the district was St. Andrews Parish, and in Middle Age it was a suburb located outside the city walls. Many sources agree that Temple Bar Street got its name from the Temple family, and specifically Sir William Temple, whose house was located there in the early 17th century. However, given the existence of a district of the same name in London, it seems that the new Temple Bar street of Dublin must have been a nod to its more famous cousin.

In 1599, Sir William Temple, a renowned teacher and philosopher, entered the service of the Lord Deputy Of Ireland. In 1609 he was made Provost of Trinity College, Dublin and Master Chancery in Ireland and moved to this country. He built his house and gardens on the corner of Temple Lane and the street called Temple Bar. In 1656, his son, Sir John Temple, acquired additional land and made possible the development of the area today known as Temple Bar. In the 17th century "Barr" (later shortened to Bar) usually meant a raised estuary sandbank often used for walking on. Since 1840 (according to some sources, but according to other even earlier) in this building operates a pub, got famous.

The Temple Bar Pub whiskey collection is a long established selection of rare and interesting whiskeys gathered for decades from all over the world (more than 450 bottles of Irish, Scotch and Bourbons). On the other hand, the pub prides itself on having the best Irish and international craft beer in stock, and also with its fresh Irish Oysters. It offers as well live traditional music sessions, which can carry on for up to three hours (another band in every day). Besides, it was the winner of the Irish Music Pub of the Year for 2002 to 2012.

About the stamp
The stamp, depicting Beadlet Anemone (Actinia equina), is part of the definitive series about Irish animals and marine life, about which I wrote here.

Temple Bar, Dublin - Wikipedia
The Temple Bar Pub - Official website

Sender: Marius Vasilescu
Sent from Dublin (Leinster / Ireland), on 01.03.2014

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