Other Names/Owners: Vicent Brady’s, Patrick Ryan’s, Michael Gill’s
Status: Closed late 1980s, demolished early 1990s.
What’s there now? The original site is now subsumed into the Citi Bank Europe’s Headquarters, an office complex which takes up the entire block.
Named after the regular ferry to Liverpool which docked almost outside the pub.
Was issued 10- year licence for period 1986 – 1995 so based on this and photos and anecdotal evidence, it is estimated that the pub stopped trading some time in the late 1980s and was demolished by the early 1990s.
On the 1908 Electoral Roll for North Wall the occupier of the pub was listed as Patrick Ryan (see image below).
Speaking about his family’s involvement in the pub trade Denis Byrne of the Byrne’s family who owned Byrne’s at No.36 North Wall Quay mentioned the Liverpool Bar in an interview with the Irish Times in 2008:
“He was fantastic, absolutely fantastic,” says Denis. “In his late teens, with the two Paddys running things, my father left briefly to work for Beggs the tea people and also studied farming for a year. Number 36 did fantastic business. Unbelievably popular, it could take in £100 on a Friday night in the late 1930s. Soon, Paddy Byrne and Paddy Mac bought the Liverpool Bar, just up the road from number 36. Paddy and Dad and Paddy Mac were a fantastic trio.”
Liam Byrne married Ann Haslam from the Burnaby, Greystones, in 1952, a Tuesday wedding with party in the Woodlands Hotel. They holidayed in Juan les Pins, lived in Delgany for a while until, the family growing too large, they moved to a bigger home in Greystones. Their nine children were Eddie, Denis, Listy (aka Mary Elizabeth), Billy (aka William), Patricia, Jenny, John, Nora and Christine.
In 1958 Liam Byrne, independently but without breaking with the family business, bought the Burnaby in Greystones. Known at the time as the Railway Pub/Hotel it’s now simply a pub. E Byrne Sons bought the Beach House in Greystones harbour in 1960 and, later in that decade, the Drake Inn in Finglas, north Dublin.
“Paddy McKiernan was an absolutely dynamic man,” says Denis. “The cabaret and entertainment in the Drake Inn was his idea. They went on to buy the Duck, across the road from the Drake Inn, and Barry’s Hotel in Gt Denmark Street. At some stage, too, they bought the Village Inn in Finglas. I remember working on a Stephen’s Day in the 1960s, I was about 10-11, and Paddy Mac giving me a tenner and saying £5 of that’s for you and £5 for Charlie Haughey!
“In 1975, Paddy Mac decided to cut his ties with the company. His children were growing up and he wanted them to be able to do their own thing and we ours. It was all very amicable and the families are still great friends. Paddy Mac died a few years ago; a great man.
“When Paddy Mac wanted out we sold Barry’s Hotel. The Duck had been CPOd years earlier. Paddy Mac kept the Drake as his cut out. The Liverpool Bar had gone long before and 36 North Wall had been sold to Micky Galligan. It was CPOd by CIÉ and knocked down for plans which didn’t go ahead. We bought the Wicklow Arms in Delgany in 1998.”