Dog friendly Dublin

Delaney and Bonnie

We like to take Delaney & Bonnie into town with us. They love all the new smells, meeting people and getting lots of attention.

But compared to many other countries in Europe our city is deeply unwelcoming to our four legged friends.

Dogs are not welcome on public transport and very few bars and restaurants will allow them either inside or outside.

Recently at Olivettos in Dun Laoghaire we were chased from their (empty) outdoor garden by health and safety zealots.

Olivetto's Garden Terrace Dun laoghaire

So where can you enjoy a coffee, drink or meal with your canine companion?

Here’s what we know…

  • Baggots Hutton, South William Street before 5pm
  • The Swan, Aungier Street – outside terrace only
  • The Dropping Well – bar only
  • Café H, Grand Canal Dock – outdoor terrace only
  • Johnny Foxes – outside seating only
  • Avoca, Monkstown – front outside bench only
  • The Tramyard Café, Dalkey – outdoor seating only
  • The Gravediggers, Glasnevin – bar only
  • O’Brien’s, Leeson Street
  • Caffe Italiano, Crow Street
  • The Fumbally, Clanbrassil Street

Caffe Italiano Bar counter



The sheepdogs of war

the chickens are restless far side gary larson

In the cabinet reshuffle last week it was announced that the Defence and Agriculture portfolios are to be merged under Simon Coveney’s stewardship.

Not sure what the implications of this are for the country…

Will we be sending flying columns of chickens, quack commandos and bovine battalions out to defend our borders?

Or will our elite defence forces be called in to herd cattle and shear sheep?

The mind truly boggles…

Owen Keegan – CV

owen keegan cycling


Best paid local authority official in the country. Because I’m worth it…

Employment History

1998 to 2005 – Director of traffic, Dublin City Council


  • Introduced private clamping in 1998.

2005 to 2013 Manager, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council


  • Privatised refuse collection destroying quality of service and opening the floodgates for worker exploitation.
  • Introduced exorbitant parking charges that lead to the demise of Dun Laoghaire town centre.
  • Granted planning permission for the monstrosity that is the new public library in Dun Laoghaire.

2013 to present – Dublin City Manager


  • Proposing a plan to build a cycle track on the north quays that will create traffic chaos in Dublin.
  • Ruined Christmas for 400,000 Garth Brooks fans.


Cycling, economics

Salary expectations

€190,000 a year basic, plus top ups and mileage