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A pub you could easily call home

Country roads take you home but also back in time, and the winding lanes around Carlingford Lough promise exactly this.

About 2km from Carlingford town you’ll be encouraged to divert off the main road by a sign reading “Pub”. On closer inspection it also reads Lily Finnegan’s, although in much smaller type, because, if you’re going off-road around this part of the Cooley peninsula there can be only one pub you’re searching for and that’s the 180-year-old whitewashed home of Lily Finnegan. Lily is gone now, but her picture still hangs proudly on the bar, where local man Derek McGarrity is at the helm.

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18 Irish pubs you have to try before you die

Just 5km from Carlingford on the Cooley Peninsula in Louth, this quaint whitewashed pub is a world apart from the boozy stags and hens that descend on the seaside town. At Lily Finnegan's, you'll find that distinctive old world charm that you're after.

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Our favourite places to go out for a drink

Ciaran Gormley

My favourite watering hole is Lily Finnegan's in Whitestown, County Louth. It's an old, whitewashed pub with a crooked roof and shore stones pave your way to the front door. Inside there are few right angles and the old tiled floor is as level as the Giant's Causeway. The walls and ceiling are painted and clean, with bright happy colours. The bar counter tilts towards the taps, so you have to put your pint only halfway across the bar mat to stop loss of your tipple. The fire is lit most of the year apart from the summer months and even though it's draughty, it's really cosy. The local people are rural and friendly. If you're not being slagged to death after your third visit to it, they haven't sussed you out yet. The owner of Lily's cleans to high standards and will appear like an apparition beside you, mop/bucket in hand to whisk away any spillages.

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Lilys has the authenticity others copy                                                                                                                                                     independent

Lily Finnegans is one of the oldest known public houses in Louth, if not the country. Officially it dates back to the early 1800's when it was known as 'Sloans Bar' but it is thought it first opened its doors many years before that. 

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You Share your hidden Irish gems

The Cooley Peninsula is by far the best place I know. Lily Finnegans have the best pints of Guinness                                                       

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Christmas Opening Hours

Thursday 21st- 8pm 

Friday 22nd- 5pm 

Saturday 23rd- 2pm 

Sunday 24th- 5pm 

Monday 25th- closed

Tuesday 26th- 12.30pm

Wed 27th,Thurs 28th,Fri 29th- 5pm

Sat 30th,Sun 31st,Mon 1st- 2pm


Tel- 042 9373730 





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90’s Reunion Night!



It’s our 21st Christmas here in Lilys and we are celebrating by bringing back the 90’s to Whitestown on the 29th of December! 


It’s strictly 90’s only music on the night so whether your ideal 90’s tunes were from 2 unlimited, Oasis or even The Saw Doctors we’ll be playing them all and take you down memory lane!

We have a packed night of fun and including all your 90’s memories being relayed on the tv screens.

All drinks will be at 1997 prices between 8-10pm!! 

Dress up as your favourite 90’s icon to be entered into a free draw for a Nokia 3310!


More info to come over the next few weeks!


Live Sport In Lilys


Fri 22nd-

Arsenal v Liverpool @7.45pm 

Sat 23rd-

Man City v Bournemouth @3pm

Burnley v Spurs @5.30pm 

Connacht v Ulster @7.35pm 

Leicester v Man Utd @7.45pm 

Tues 26th- 

Spurs v Southampton @12.30pm 

Dundee v Celtic @12.30pm 

Man Utd v Burnley @3pm

Chelsea v Brighton @3pm 

Munster v Leinster @3.15pm 

Liverpool v Swansea @5.30pm


Upcoming Live Music


Fri 22nd: Christmas Party with-                                                  THE LETTERMEN @10pm

Sat 23rd: HENRY MAC @10pm

Tues 26th: St Stephens Night with-                                             DERMOT MC QUAID @10pm

Fri 29th: 90's Reunion Night! @8pm 

Sat 30th: PAUL BAILEY BAND @10pm

Sun 31st: New Years Eve Party with-                                         ORION @10pm & Disco till late


Mon 1st: New Years Day-                                                            CEOL HEADS @5pm

Sat 6th: THE FAA SIDE @10pm

Sat 13th: BROTHER BOLD @10pm