The Infamous Darkey Kelly’s
Darkey Kelly’s Irish Whiskey Bar is one of my favorites in Dublin for many reasons. The first being that the owner Nathy is a huge whiskey enthusiast with 144 Irish whiskeys on their ever growing list. On our most recent tasting trail we sampled, Jameson Black Barrel, Hyde 10 year old & Teeling’s Single Grain. All accompanied with some delicious Irish Handmade chocolates…
Secondly it’s because of the beer, they have plenty of it. The Guinness is great and they have a large selection of craft beer on tap & cask. Last bust not least it is one of the best known pubs in Dublin for traditional Irish music.
Legends, Witchcraft & Copper Alley
Located in the oldest part of Dublin and home to one of cities most enduring legends, that of the infamous “Darkey Kelly”. For generations Darkey Kelly was known in Dublin’s folk memory as the woman who was burned at the stake for witchcraft but new evidence uncovered suggests that although she was innocent of witchcraft she still had a dark side to her character. The discovery of bodies under the floorboards of the brothel she ran in 1761 suggests she may have been Ireland’s first serial killer!
Fishamble Street is one of the oldest streets in the city also. Handel’s Messiah was first performed here in 1742 and every year on the 13th of April the Messiah is performed free of charge to a public audience.
The street here was known as the official fish market for Dublin until the end of the 17th century when the city markets were moved to the north bank of the River Liffey. From 1680, the General Post Office was located here and remained for 30 years. We are passionate here in Darkey Kelly’s about Irish music and culture, with live performances every day of the week. All of our musicians are from the local area and they represent a tradition which has been passed on from generation to generation.
Darkey Kelly’s Bar is our local pub, where you might find us sipping a pint or tasting a tipple of our current favorite whiskey. If you want to know anything about the local area just ask one of their staff.