Monthly Archives: November 2012

20 11, 2012

Politics and the Pub

With the US Presidential election two weeks behind us, you would think you had heard the last of politics for a while. This was not the case for patrons of Baltimore’s James Joyce pub and Kells Irish Pub in Seattle, writes Dara McCarthy.Public houses have always been associated with politics particularly in Ireland and among the Irish diaspora. For years it was the place where dissenting opinions were voiced, arguments started or finished and where people went to feel a sense of community during election times.Last week, two politicians from two different coasts took their local Irish bars to reconnect with the public. Governor Martin O'Malley of Maryland played the James Joyce Irish bar in Balitmore, Maryland. In Baltimore, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and his Celtic rock band, O’Malley’s March, played the James Joyce Pub on South President Street. O’Malley, [...]

6 11, 2012

The Quite Corner

“Passion, along with commitment and focusing on the finer details” are essential ingredients for a great Irish pub, according to José Félix Basozabal, co-owner of The Quite Corner, located in Kristo Kalea in the Basque Country (to the north of Spain).This is the first time the José and his brother have opened an Irish pub, but they look forward to making it a success. José says; “We started our business on April 13th and opened on May 17th. The last six months have been very intense but so far everything is going relatively well, with challenges in all aspects, especially in the service bar and kitchen on weekends.”So far, besides its inauguration, the Quite Corner pub has celebrated the festival of the town and Arthur Guinness Day. José believes that the Basque Country and the Ireland have a number of things in [...]