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Fanny O’Dea’s Pub & Garden Café Bar Lissycasey

Fanny O’Dea is Lissycasey’s most famous character and her family originated from Dysert O Dea Castle.

Fanny was raised a Roman Catholic, got a good education and learnt housekeeping in the Brews Household in Kilrush. She married Owen Coughlan from Knockbeg and in 1790 persuaded him to move to Lissycasey. Fanny built a small mud cabin turning it into a shop dealing in all the necessities of life. Gradually this industrious woman expanded her business. Her humble abode soon became a half-way house catering for travelers going to or from the west. The story is told that during the winter assizes of 1790 a high court judge and his solicitors were travelling by stage coach from Ennis to Kilrush. Impressed by the warmth of the fire, her hospitality and the refreshments Fanny provided, particularly the “egg-flips”, he granted her a licence to sell liquor.

Fanny O’Dea and her mud cabin have long vanished but her name and her “egg-flips” have lived on. The present Fanny O’Dea’s pub is built on the same site and is a landmark in County Clare. It has been run by eight generations of the same family. Many famous people have visited the establishment over the years. Daniel O’Connell drank here during his election campaign in 1828 as did his most famous supporter, The O’Gorman Mahon. Charles J. Kickham, author of Knocknagow.

Fanny O’Dea’s has been the famous halfway stop for generations of people visiting Clare.It is a truly traditional pub, complete with a warm open fire and cold Guinness on tap. Fanny O’Dea’s is also famous for the egg flip - a drink made from a secret recipe handed from generation to generation - it is the house speciality and can be mixed with Whiskey, Brandy or Baileys.

Traditional Music Sessions can be found here on a regular basis and it is best to contact Fanny O’Dea’s for dates and times. Now open seven days a week, serving a delicious summer menu, the menu includes a wide range of starters, mains and desserts for guests to choose from, including a daily special.

It boasts a kids’ playground, garden cafe bar, brand new beer garden and ample parking. Fanny O’Dea’s also operates a courtesy bus service for groups looking to visit from nearby Ennis.

Be sure to visit this famous pub when visiting Ennis for the All Ireland Fleadh this year.

For more info Tel: 065 6834143 or visit Fanny O’Dea’s on Facebook.

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