Bermingham’s Pub was an oasis of calm amidst the bustle of Dublin’s Dorset Street on the North Inner City. Crossing the darkened threshold you would get the sense of being transported back in time. The interior of the bar hadn’t been touched since the 1950’s.
Lining the counter, perched on their barstools you’d find the regulars poring over the racing pages, contentedly sipping their pints of plain.
The owner Jim Bermingham was a gentle giant of a man. A former inter-county hurler for Offaly, he always had a smile and a tall tale to tell. Smartly attired in a shirt and braces with a shock of white hair, he was always fond of a pint or two and when he wasn’t behind the bar he was propping it up out front.
Legend has it that during the barmen’s strike in the 1950’s, Bermingham’s was the only public house in the vicinity of Croke Park serving on All Ireland Final’s Day. The queues stretched as far as the railway bridge in Drumcondra!
Bermingham’s closed its doors a couple of years ago when the premises was acquired by the Mater Hospital for the now abandoned Children’s Hospital project.
Jim Bermingham passed away quietly on 31st December 2013 and will be sorely missed by anyone who had the pleasure of knowing him.