Hanlon's pub gives its name to Hanlon's Corner at the top of Prussia Street. It's an old Dublin landmark; the bar features in an early chapter of Another Case in Cowtown.
As it faces onto the busy North Circular, it should ring a bell for many Dubliners who otherwise might think they've never been in Stoneybatter.
It suited my purposes: a down-to-earth, old-fashioned hostelry, a local at a crossroads where all classes of people mix, a place that was more rough around the edges and certainly not as hip as the Mulligans and Walshes of this world. But it's not one of those "pubs that time forgot" either - it rings the changes in its own way.
Its outside has also gone through many colour schemes over the years. At one time it was blue and white. For a brief period after that it was a horrible English-mustard yellow and black, then cream and black. Now it's a burgundy and cream a shopfront combination that seems almost vintage nowadays.
In 2018 Hanlons pub was purchased by the Grainger Family who are well known 4th generation Publicans and will reopen Hanlon’s Pub bring it into the future and tending to the needs of the local area by providing a warm friendly welcome to all and serving excellent food and some of the best Irish entertainment