Pete MacCarthy – Always Visit a Pub with Your Name over the Door (#104)

Welcome to Season 1, Episode 4 of the Letter from Ireland Show. In this episode, Carina and Mike Collins follow the journey of a man who "always went into an Irish Pub" with his name over the door. We then go to the back of one of these pubs - and find a remarkable story.

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Pete MacCarthy – Always Visit a Pub with Your Name over the Door (#104)

We are delighted to bring you Episode 4 of The Letter from Ireland Show – a weekly podcast that goes out each Thursday from a cottage in County Cork. Tune in to this episode – and dive straight in to a bit of Irish caint, ceóil agus craic (conversation, music and craic!).

Listen to the Audio.

You can listen to the show on your computer/smartphone by clicking on the play button (the triangle with the circle around it) below.You can also download the show onto your computer by clicking on the download button. Enjoy!

Read The Letters.

In this episode, Mike and Carina read from two of our letters from Ireland. Click on the titles below to see the full transcript of each letter so you can read along:

  • Letter 1: A Trip to McCarthy’s Bar. In this letter, we chat about the bars and pubs of Ireland, the wandering of a second-generation Irishman – and the hilarious book he wrote after his travels.
  • Letter 2: A Remarkable Story at the back of an Irish Pub In this letter, we go into one Irish Pub in particular – it has a framed object sitting over the fireplace, and there is the remarkable story of one man attached to that piece.

Join The Conversation.

Do feel free to leave a comment or question in the section below. We’d love to hear from you!

Slán for now,

Mike and Carina.

  • Helen Wyse says:

    Hi Mike and Carina: I enjoyed your radio show on McCarthy’s and although my surname is not McCarthy, I will certainly drop into a McCarthy bar anywhere is Cork when I next go to Ireland.

    My 4th gr grandmother was Mary McCarthy born about 1712 and died in 1783. She married David Gallwey, merchant and they lived in Mardyke, near Bantry Bay and later lived in Lisbon, Portugal after their land was confiscated.

    I have been following the McCarthys for years (all their great history being well documented) but since I don’t know who Mary’s parents were, I can’t yet make the connection to her specific clan. When I finally track her down, I will have a very rich history indeed.

    Thanks so much for your McCarthy stories.

    Helen, Canada

    • Mike says:

      Hi Helen – that sounds like a good plan! Plenty of MCCarthys in that part of the world, not so many Gallweys! Chat soon, Mike.

  • Sandy Laferriere says:

    I love this post! I had the pleasure of meeting Adrienne. McCarthy and her Mum several years ago. I have a lovely signed copy of the book about her Dad, Aidan McCarthy.
    At the time I was there, Mrs. McCarthy lived upstairs over the Pub. She invited me up for a visit and I will never forget the time I spent chatting with her. She showed me that “sword” given to her husband.

    So , this story is special to me. Thank you Mike and Carina.

    Fond Regards,
    Sandy Kennedy LaFerriere

  • kate says:

    Hi mike and carnia, kiaora from new zealand. My great grandfather william cronin opened the first pub in the lower south island are of gore, called the cron hill i think. I know very litlle about my family history beyond that….is cronin a name you would find typically above an irish pub? I believe the family was from galway. I think my other family names : reidy/joines and finnerty orginated from the area to. Haha ive always been told there is a healthy history of religion and whiskey which seem a good fit to me.
    R you able to tell me what the fcr stands for? I know its signicant to my history but keep drawing clueless ends.
    Is a cold early winter evening here, i hope you guys are warming up on your side of the world,
    thankyou so much for the gift of your voices to your stories, kate

    • Mike Collins says:

      Kate – lots of Cronins above Irish pubs – especially in the south of the island of Ireland. It typically comes from northwest Cork into Kerry. Mike. On fcr – not sure where you are seeing that? Thanks for the weather update, Mike.

  • James Tierney says:

    Your podcast is a great addition. Truly love them. I believe I becoming addicted. I’ve been a member in the past and this benefits me by Allowing me to listen with my busy work schedule. Of course listening to the Brough is a total pleasure! I went to Catholic school in Upland California, and had the pleasure of nuns from County Cork ( Presentation Sisters). Brings back some fond memories, as well as some PTSD. ????????☘️????.
    I have some hilarious stories from my Catholic school days if you’re ever interested!
    currently I do comedy regarding them here in the USA.

  • Maureen K Cosentino says:

    My great grandmother was Mary McCarthy. Parents: Denis b: 1825 in Ireland. d: 4/19/1879 Cook County, Chicago, US and Ellen (Ambrose) circa 1825, Port Mchee, Curry County, Ireland. D: 1/27, 1892 Cook County, Chicago, US. . Mary married my great grandfather, John Francis O’Shaughnessy, B: 12/25/1851 (In the US). Wish I could find him. All we know is he and his siblings, Patrick, James and Katherine, “came to the US at an early age, think from Limerick” and another brother (name forgotten) went to Scotland. Darn.