'Same old place, brand new face' Beloved Galway pub reopens under new name

By Katy Thornton

November 17, 2023 at 4:00pm


They have reopened following a closure period of three years.

MacNeill's might seem like the newest pub to Galway, but it is in fact a reincarnation of an older, beloved space that hasn't opened its doors since 2020.

The pub was first established in 1852 according to Galway Beo, and has a long history of being a watering hole for people in the city.

Despite the new name, MacNeill's pays homage to the names that came before; Fagan's and Flaherty's, with moments from history hung up on the walls.

The Hardiman described the renovated space as an, "Irish contemporary pub full of nooks and cranny, snugs and open spaces so you'll be sure to find your favourite spot". As for the food and drink offering, you can expect "an extensive range of whiskeys, craft beers, cocktails as well as your usuals alongside an exciting new menu that boasts brunch , lunch & dinner options made with locally sourced quality ingredients".


MacNeill's is in a prime location too, particularly during this festive season, as you can find it based within The Hardiman Hotel by Eyre Square, where the Christmas Markets are currently already underway.

Whether you're escaping the cold after a ride on the ferris wheel, or in need of sitting down after a long day of shopping the markets, MacNeill's is bound to be a great place to rest your tired feet and have a tipple with some pals.

The pub opens for business on Friday November 17th.

Header images via Instagram / MacNeill's



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