Mayo pub named the best bar in Ireland

A well-known pub in Mayo had much cause to celebrate as they were named the best bar in Ireland in a recent poll.

Mayo pub named the best bar in Ireland.

Ireland is a country that is famous for its pub culture, so when it comes to conducting a poll of the best pubs in Ireland, it should come as no surprise that there are naturally many great establishments to choose from.

Matt Molloy’s pub in the town of Westport in County Mayo came out on top in a poll run by US-based tourism website

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Mayo pub named the best bar in Ireland.
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The website’s sole purpose is the promotion of Ireland as a top tourist destination. The website conducted a poll to invite its followers to have their say on some of the Emerald Isle’s greatest pubs.

The poll named the world-famous Matt Molloy’s pub the best bar in Ireland.

Westport – a fan favourite town with tourists

Westport is a fan favourite town with tourists.
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Westport is a popular town in County Mayo in the west of Ireland, in the province of Connacht. It is designated as a heritage town and is one of only a few planned towns in Ireland.

Westport is certainly a town that should be on any tourist’s list to visit when in Ireland.

Whether it’s scenic beauty and charm you’re looking for, or a lively town with luxurious restaurants and brilliant pubs hosting the best of live traditional Irish music, Westport is most likely the town for you.

Matt Molloy’s – a great traditional Irish pub

Matt Molloy's is named after a famous singer.
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Matt Molloy’s, which is located on Bridge Street in Westport, is a famous Irish music venue that has played host to some of the most famous names in Irish music, such as Sharon Shannon and The Chieftains, to name but two.

According to, Matt Molloy’s pub received recognition because of its “lively atmosphere, traditional music sessions, and friendly staff”. The website called the pub ”a must-visit for anyone looking for an authentic Irish pub experience”.

Matt Molloy’s takes its name from the famous Irish musician. Molloy has worked with many legendary musicians, such as the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Tommy Peoples, Paul Brady, Micheál Ó Súilleabháin, and Dónal Lunny.

Matt continues to regularly play in the pub he owns, which he has successfully made into a haven for music lovers thanks to the many legendary sessions that often take place.

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