Teddy O’Sullivan

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.

Teddy O'Sullivan's Outside Table
Small, far away

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.

Teddy O'Sullivan's Bar
The bar at Teddy O’Sullivan’s

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.

Teddy O'Sullivan Tables
Pints on the pier
Healy Pass
En route to Teddy O’Sullivan’s, The Healy Pass

Directions: Killmackillogue Pier, Bunaw

Nearby: Healy Pass 

Teddy O’Sullivan, Kilmackillogue Pier, Lauragh Co. Kerry

Ph: +353 (0) 64 6683104

Click on the map to visit Justine’s Great Pubs of Ireland – Days for the High Stool, full listing.




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