Grace Neillís in Donaghadee is the oldest pub in Ireland. It was built in 1611 and was known at that time as the Kingís Arms. Donaghadee was once the main port for both the Isle of Man and Portpatrick in Scotland and gun- runners and smugglers would meet in the pub before putting out to sea.To this day its low-beamed ceiling is built from the old ship timbers.
Grace Neill herself was born in 1817. Her husband
John was captain of one of the Donaghadeeó
Portpatrick mail-packet steamers, while Grace owned and ran the pub herself, which was unusual for a woman at the time. She died in 1916, but her ghost is said to haunt the pub.
Staff have found books and glasses scattered throughout the bar and electri cal equipment.has been known to switch itself on and off for no reason. The shadowy figure of a Victorian lady has even been seen on the premises, but Grace usually makes her presence known by the smell of her pipe! A team of psychic researchers investigated the pub a couple of years ago and pho tographed orbs of light there. It seems that Grace is still welcoming visitors to her pub. Mosborough | Aldington | Barnsley | Barnsley | Bartholomews | Bickley | Bolton | Buckinghamshire | Chester | Cornwall | Derbyshire | Devon | Dumfries | Eastwood | Eckington | Ecton | Holywell | Norfolk | North Yorkshire | Northampshire | Northumberland | Nuneaton | Oxfordshire | Oxfordshire | Pluckley | pontefract | Ringlestone | Ringlestone | Ringlestone | Ringlestone Road | Scotland | Sheffield | Shipwrights | South Yorkshire | Sussex | sussex | Wilton Row |
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