THE LONG GONE “BARLEY MOW” PUB ON FRANCIS STREET
A barley mow is a stack (mow) of barley, especially barley that was cultivated and then harvested. Barley is a grain that is commonly malted for brewing beer.
This pub is at the corner of Francis Street and Mark’s Alley West. It was a pub known as the Barley Mow. Unfortunately its condition is getting worse at an increasing rate.
The site was put on the market in October 2016 with an asking price of €225,000 for the entire property.
The Barley Mow is a cumulative song celebrated in the traditions of the folk music of Ireland, England, and Scotland.William Chappell transcribed the lyrics in his two-volume work The Ballad Literature and Popular Music of the Olden Time (1855). “The Barley Mow” has become a drinking song sung while comrades empty their glasses. In one “Barley Mow” drinking game, any participant who fails to sing the song’s (progressively expanding) refrain in a single breath must drink. In another, participants drink just after singing the second line in each verse (“Good luck to the barley mow”); if one’s glass is not empty by the final verse, one must finish the drink after singing the line.