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Donnegans has been a San An Bay institution for many a year. 15 years in fact. I know that because I went down to the anniversary celebrations this week just gone for what is known in Irish circles as Craic. For those who are unaware of Donnegans and why it is an institution, I’ll give you all a little background.

It’s first and foremost an authentic cosy Irish bar…in fact it’s more like a pub, with everything that you would expect in a pub – golden wood, ornaments on the walls, pool table, beer garden. It also has a stage which has hosts regular live performances by singer/guitarists Nell, Barney or Roberto with the occasional special guest(s). All three of them are masters of their craft and give a new twist on classic tunes with the occasional new one thrown in – whatever is needed for that elusive craic.

As well as having ice-cold beers on tap like a proper pub, Donnegans also supplies great food from 12pm onwards. Kick-start your day with a decent fry-up with soda bread or pop in after 5pm for great pub grub which includes on the menu a variety of pizzas and classic mains such as bangers & mash, fish & chips, chicken curry and the incredible steak & Guinness pie. Add to this an all-day snack menu with baps, baguettes, Paninis, burgers, jackets and salads and there is literally something for everyone. All the food is cooked with the finest and freshest ingredients and the portions are massive. I must admit to abusing most of the menu, but have to heartily recommend the pie which contains fresh steak with real Guinness and topped with the lightest puff pastry. It also comes with perfect home-made chips or creamy mash and, if you’re my age, will instantly transport you back to your mum’s house on meat night.

Hurling fans will also be very pleased to know that Donnegans shows all of the GAA games on the weekend in addition to sports that non-Irish like such as the footie and special events like the current Rugby World Cup. But we’re not here now for sport, it’s party time… pictures say more than I can, and by the end some of us could say very little at all (hic!)

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