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Blackrock - An Charraig Dhubh
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown

Main Street
(Jack O'Rourke's Pub)

James Joyce Pub Award

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Blackrock - An Charraig Dhubh /  James Joyce Pub Award   Blackrock - An Charraig Dhubh /  James Joyce Pub Award


The James Joyce Pub Award was presented by Bloomsday Publications to a number of pubs in Ireland and the United States deemed as 'Authentic' Irish pubs on Bloomsday in the year 2000. As commemoration of the award, a marker featuring a bust of James Joyce and an excerpt from Ulysses (novel) was presented to the award winners.

The photo of the marker of Jack O'Rourke's Pub serves on this site as an example. Another photo with a visible award marker of the The Temple Bar in Dublin.

Blackrock - An Charraig Dhubh - James Joyce Pub Award
James Joyce
Blackrock - An Charraig Dhubh - James Joyce Pub Award

NB Since the awards were distributed in 2000, surplus awards that were manufactured but not awarded to a specific establishment, commonly appear on the secondary market from various pub equipment suppliers. As such, the presence of a genuine plaque does not guarantee that the award was bestowed on the specific establishment. In some cases, establishments which were not yet open when the original awards were dispersed, have been known to display the award as if they had been an original recipient.


this pub has been granted the
for being an authentic dublin pub

'A good puzzle would be to cross Dublin
without passing a pub.' Ulysses
James Joyce identified and described the
characteristic ambience of Dublin pub life
so successfully that the characters in Ulysses
may be fictional, but they are based on a
multitude of living beings, characters who
Joyce found in pubs just like this one.
This establishment remains an outstanding
example of the tradition which
Joyce immortalised in his works and is a
truly authentic public house which
throughout the years has retained
it's down to earth genuineness of
atmosphere, friendliness and
presence of good company
[signature] James Joyce
best drinks best bar


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Locatie (N 53°18'5" - W 6°10'39") (Satellite view: Google Maps)

Item Code: ie387; Photograph: 22 June 2023
Of each statue we made photos from various angles and also detail photos of the various texts.
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