It’s known as Maureen’s now.
But long before Maureen McLaughlin took over the bar at 14 John Redmond Street, Shandon in 2018, it was synonymous with the legendary landlady who ran the pub as ‘Miss Pat’s’ for five decades.
Now, as part of Culture Night 2020, Maureen is collecting and recording local stories about Patricia Buckley and Miss Pat’s… and she’s asking the public to get involved to ensure nothing is forgotten.
Although only about 15 feet square, Miss Pat’s was home to a diverse group of Shandon locals over the years. There was a weekly card club (playing the Cork game Don), plenty of visiting politicians, doctors and staff from the North Infirmary and members of the Shakespearean Company, all in addition to the many regulars who made it their own.
Pure Cork pub lore
“Her bar was an important hub in the community and her loyal customers included doctors, politicians, actors and many regulars from all walks of life,” says Maureen.
“For Culture Night 2020, oral historian Jamie Furey (Cork Folklore Project) will be collecting and recording stories/impressions about Miss Pat’s (more on that here).”
The Maureen’s team hopes that the shared memories will keep a little piece of Cork’s north side history alive, as well as offering some insights into how a neighbourhood bar should function today.