Address :
35 Main St,
BT35 9SQ

This was originally called The Alexander Arms Hotel, but today, in keeping with the sign above the Inn, a cheerful welcome awaits you from the proprietors, Arthur and Maura O’Neill. Arthur, originally from Ballinrobe, County Mayo, married Maura, a local girl, and together they run one of the friendliest pubs you’re ever likely to come across.

Maura, as a sideline, about six months ago opened up an antique shop in a store in the back yard, so it was only natural, with her flair for gathering bits and pieces, that the bar would show off some of her collection.
The Inn comprises a pleasant public bar and a small kitchen bar, complete with an original fireplace and old crook. Around the shelves are an old copper coffee maker with two openings, one for the coffee, the other for the milk, an unusual gingerbread clock, and an old stove.

Then there is the Wee Lounge looking out into the backyard, with fine antique furniture, an overmantel mirror, an old hat rack, old scales, a selection of willow pattern plates, and a very fine selection of old teapots and biscuit bins.

Look out for the excellent pokerwork music theme picture.

Every Tuesday night the Large Lounge is the mecca for all traditional music lovers, and I am told they come from all over the world, from as far away as Estavan and Bangladesh.
Even the Chinese Ambassador paid a surprise visit recently.

Photos and pictures of traditional singers and instrumentalists cover the wall, but one photo takes pride of place. That is of Senator Joe Kennedy from Boston (son of the late Bobby Kennedy), with Art and Maura, taken on the premises a few years ago.

I believe the highlight of the traditional music year is around the last days of June when the town celebrates the South Armagh Music Festival. Merrymaking, drinking, and music overflow into the hilly streets, and they even erect a makeshift wooden dance floor for Ceilidhe dancing in the middle of their backyard.

I can assure you this is a very friendly bar with a fine spirit of warmth and goodwill.