Ryans Beggars Bush – A Brief History!
The adjacent barracks after which the pub is now named was built as a British Army barracks in 1827. This barracks was involved in some very important events in Irish history, and thus the pub is located in an area rich in history.
- One of the fiercest battles of 1916 was fought at the crossroads of Northumberland Road and Haddington Road, less than 50 yards away from the pub. Until the reconstruction of the pub in 1988, bullet holes from that battle could be seen in the side wall of the pub.
- The Beggars Bush barracks was the first barracks to be handed by the British army over to Michael Collins and the new provisional Irish government in January 1922
- Robert Erskine Childers was executed there in November 1922.
The barracks was decommissioned from military use in the 1960’s. It has undergone much reconstruction and is now home to The Labour Relations Commission, The Geological Survey of Ireland and Irish Labour History Society Museum.
It was acquired by the OPW in 1967 for a period but leased back to the Ryan family. One of the many different projects mooted for the site over those years included the J.F. Kennedy Concert Hall. However, during all that time it continued to be run by the Ryan family as a pub.
The building was restored and rebuilt in 1988 into the pub you see there today.
So, if you feel like enjoying a great pint, at the cheapest price in Dublin, and against the backdrop of some deep Dublin and Irish history, look no further than The Beggars Bush!