Teddy O’Sullivan (AKA Helen’s Bar), Killmackillogue Pier, Bunaw, Co Kerry
Visited: March 2016
Co Kerry is known as the Kingdom County and Teddy O’Sullivan’s harbour side location provides an ideal vantage point from which to appreciate its majesty. The pub is a two story late Victorian building with sash windows, facing the water. Inside, the bar is small and functional, with tongue and groove panelling, painted wooden shelving and a single window overlooking the harbour. In the back there is a basic lounge area with an open fireplace.
The great appeal of this pub however, lies outside its four walls. On a pleasant day, for those drinkers sitting at one of O’Sullivan’s many harbour side picnic tables, the sensory experience is mesmerising. From the quietly lapping harbour waters, across the wide expanse of the sparkling bay, to the sublime backdrop of the rising Caha mountains to the south, the sounds and sights are calming and breath-taking at the same time. Flowing conversation is one of the great features of Irish pub life, but you may well be rendered speechless as you contemplate the distant row of trees edged like lace along the far side of the bay, note the muted tones of greens, lilacs and blues and generally wonder at the beauty of nature. Kerry has a habit of doing this to people and Teddy O’Sullivan’s is the perfect spot to be seduced by her beauty.
If you are in this part of the world don’t miss the Healy Pass, a beautiful drive through the Caha Mountains to the south of Bunaw. Teddy O’Sullivan’s serves food and offers accommodation to those in need of a bed for the night.
Directions: Killmackillogue Pier, Bunaw
Nearby: Healy Pass
Teddy O’Sullivan, Kilmackillogue Pier, Lauragh Co. Kerry
Ph: +353 (0) 64 6683104