The Long Valley Bar, Cork

The Long Valley Bar, Cork

The Long Valley Bar is located in the heart of Cork City. With a long history serving local customers as well as visitors from overseas, you can be sure you’ll always get a great pint and a hearty sandwich at the Long Valley!

The Long Valley was established as far back as 1842. The bar was bought by the present owners, the Moynihan family, back in 1927. Of these three generations the first owner was Peadar’s grandfather John Moynihan. The bar was originally believed to be a firing range prior to the British occupation back in the early 20’s.

When parts of Cork city was extensively burned by the unwelcome Black & Tans (many of them convicts conscripted into the British Army) the Long Valley, at the time a favourite haunt for British soldiers, remained untouched. Going right back in time the building was used as a stable for horses used by the General Post Office which still stands to this day just across Oliver Plunkett Street.

Present owner, Peadar’s father Humphrey, a true Corkonian and eccentric enjoyed a propensity for playing gramophone records behind the counter of German marching songs, especially the popular march ‘Horst Wessel Lied’

This is one of those exceptional, family-run, old-fashioned bars that you fall in love with as soon as you enter -- or even before. To the left of the entrance hallway is a snug with etched-glass doors and chased-silver doorknobs. Those doors came from the Celtic, a White Star ocean liner that ran aground in Cork Harbor. Inside the main bar is one long, low-slung room with a polished wooden bar running its full length. The barmen wear white butchers' coats, Victorian-style, and provide a constant supply of pints to the laid-back, predominantly 30-something crowd. ***PH***

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Sight Name: The Long Valley Bar
Sight Location: Cork, Ireland (See walking tours in Cork)
Sight Type: Food/Drink
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