Crosskeys Inn

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Crosskeys Inn[edit | edit source]

The Crosskeys Inn is a historic pub located in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is one of the oldest thatched-roof pubs in Ireland, dating back to 1654. The inn is situated in the picturesque village of Toomebridge, which is known for its beautiful countryside and rich history.

History[edit | edit source]

The Crosskeys Inn has a fascinating history that spans over three centuries. It was originally built as a coaching inn to cater to travelers passing through the area. The inn provided food, drink, and accommodation to weary travelers, making it an important stop along the route.

Over the years, the Crosskeys Inn has witnessed many significant events. During the 1798 Rebellion, it served as a meeting place for rebels who were planning their strategies against the British forces. The inn also played a role during the Irish War of Independence, providing a safe haven for those involved in the fight for Irish independence.

Architecture[edit | edit source]

The Crosskeys Inn is renowned for its traditional thatched-roof design. The thatched roof is made from locally sourced straw, which is carefully layered to create a durable and weather-resistant covering. This traditional method of construction gives the inn a unique and charming appearance.

Inside, the pub retains much of its original character. The low ceilings, exposed wooden beams, and open fireplaces create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. The walls are adorned with historical photographs and memorabilia, providing a glimpse into the inn's rich past.

Present Day[edit | edit source]

Today, the Crosskeys Inn continues to serve as a popular gathering place for locals and tourists alike. It offers a wide selection of traditional Irish food and drinks, including hearty stews, fresh seafood, and a variety of locally brewed beers and whiskeys.

The inn also hosts regular live music sessions, showcasing talented local musicians playing traditional Irish tunes. These sessions attract visitors from near and far, creating a lively and vibrant atmosphere.

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