Nice and snug! City pubs up for award

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

LIMERICK’S pubs are famous for their warmth and hospitality and one lucky local pub could scoop a national prize for ‘Best Irish Snug 2011’.

LIMERICK’S pubs are famous for their warmth and hospitality and one lucky local pub could scoop a national prize for ‘Best Irish Snug 2011’.

The Powers Gold Label Irish Whiskey competition has been launched and nine Limerick pubs have made the final shortlist for the competition from a total of over 70 pubs around Ireland.

Bourke’s, Dwyer’s, Jerry Flannery’s, Molly Malone’s, Nancy Blake’s, South’s, Tom Collins’ and The Locke have all been nominated for the prestigious national award, along with Scoby’s Bar in Hospital.

And, the public can decide who wins by voting for their favourite local haunt. “The traditional Irish snug is highly thought of but seldom celebrated,” explained competition judge Emma Donnellan, of Irish distillers Pernod Ricard.

“At Powers Whiskey we aim to do just that, to celebrate snugs as the unsung heroes of the Irish pub and to highlight the best Ireland has to offer, each unique in their own right but all equally placed in the enjoyment of good company and great conversation,” she added.

Ms Donnellan will be joined around the judging table by Frank Cronin, Newstalk CEO and Turtle Bunbury, writer and historian, who will all decide the overall winner of the title from across the regional winners.

While Irish snugs come in many forms and sizes, all of the shortlisted pubs had to meet four ‘snug criteria’ to be nominated, including whether the snug is a small partitioned room, separated but still within the pub, whether it has a door or hatch and if there is seating inside.

Traditionally small, partitioned rooms with a door, hatch and access to the bar, snugs were originally created for ladies who wanted to drink without being frowned upon but have become popular with all patrons.

Voting gets underway on Wednesday and runs until October 31. Regional winners, as voted by the public, will be announced on November 2.

See www.powerswhiskey.com for more.