You can now have a pint in the ‘Banshees of Inisherin’ pub

JJ Devine's pub has been rebuilt in East Galway – with the donkey, no less

Charmaine Wong
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Charmaine Wong
Contributor, Time Out Travel
Almas en pena de Inisherin
Foto: Sala MontjuïcAlmas en pena de Inisherin

Why grab a pint in your regular pub when you can sample a taste of Hollywood from JJ Devine’s Pub, as featured in the Oscar-nominated film The Banshees of Inisherin?

The isolated pub was the backdrop for many of the film’s key scenes, including Brendan Gleeson’s now-iconic ‘I just don’t like you no more’ line. The set was created by the film’s prop department using temporary materials, and was disassembled after the film wrapped in 2021. 

But now the iconic pub, which in the film overlooks the crashing seas of Ireland on the fictitious island of Inisherin, has been restored. And while it’ll no longer boast such an incredible backdrop, the interiors will be very much the same. The iconic pub has been rebuilt and relocated to Mee’s Bar in Kilkerrin, East Galway

Friends of JJ Devine's Pub
Mike ShaughnessyFriends of JJ Devine's Pub

Thanks to Kilkerrin local and publican Luke Mee, who restored the pub out the back of his long-established bar in the area, fans can now grab a pint as Padraic (Colin Farrell) did while staring out the window waiting for this bearded frenemy Colm (Brendan Gleeson). Complete with a local donkey named Holly.

Banshee's Pub, Kilkerrin, Co Galway
Mike ShaughnessyHolly the donkey keeps an eye on Denny Connolly, Pat Diskin and Teresa Mannion during a card game in the pub.

‘It would not have been possible without the help of family, good friends and neighbours who have given up their time and energy to come and help with this very important project,’ said Mee, as reported in the Galway Advertiser. ‘The pub is such a big part of film history and it is important to maintain it and make it into something that people can come to visit with their friends and enjoy, although we have a ban on cutting fingers off and throwing them.’

Now fans of the movie can recreate their favourite Inisherin scenes at the pub. Hopefully without the tragic deaths, arson and severed fingers.  

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