The Irish House Bar

About Us

The Irish House is an award winning traditional Irish bar on the main street in the heart of Castlebar and home to the best pint in the west.

The History

The original Irish House was established by Mr. James Heverin in 1886 as general drapers. It was described in the local press at the time as being one of the finest business establishments west of the Shannon. The drapery business was passed down through the generations and operated until the late 1950s. In more recent years, the original shop has been split into two commercial units, one of which now houses the Irish House Bar.

The Irish House Bar was established in 1992 by Paul Heverin, a great grandson of the original owner James. Much of the architecture from the original shop remains the same and is still visible around the bar. The Irish House is now being run by Paul’s nephew, Alan Heverin who is the 5th generation of the family to occupy the building.


A cosy traditional Old World bar located on the Main Street in the heart of Castlebar and is a popular spot with all age groups. The bar is split into three main sections as well as a covered outdoor seating area during the summer months .
During the winter, the open fire greets you as soon as you walk in the front door. As you look around you, every shelf and ledge is adorned with antiques and memorabilia which help create the wonderful atmosphere that this pub is famous for, the kind of atmosphere you cannot manufacture overnight.

There is also a Pool Table, Dartboard and Juke box. All major sporting events are shown on numerous screens around the bar with fantastic surround sound.

Bar food is available daily with a large selection of Sandwiches, Crispy salad Rolls, Panini, Baps, Wraps, Salad Plates as well as Freshly made Soup of the day and a large selection of teas and freshly ground Coffees.


Whether it’s a birthday or anniversary, The Irish House has the perfect atmosphere.
The snugs are great for small gatherings or bigger groups can reserve an entire section. Finger food is available for larger groups.

It is an ideal venue for visiting groups.

Try our tasting tray of great Irish Beers for only €6