Coburg Street was once known as Maddens Field and was an overnight holding pen for live animal exports to England – hence the street narrows on the eastern side. The equine link is even stronger within Sin É’s walls as the ground floor was once the premises for a wheelwright, while the upper floors were given over to a Saddlemaker and for accommodation.
More recently, the pub had a Barbers shop upstairs and the chairs and mirrors remain in situ. Pitch and toss is played in the lane and have a quiet word with the Staff about the ‘Sham Fishing’. Check out the wooden seats inside the front doors as many visitors have reported strange visions in the woodwork – some of them even whilst sober!
Don’t leave without taking a look at the gable end of the building where there is a wonderful carving inspired by Austin Clark’s poem, ‘The Planters Daughter’. An ode to the owner’s wife and possibly a peace offering, it was carved by Hadrian Broadley and is quite unusual in that it’s a head stone with a cut known as ‘Cork Cap’, something especially reserved for clergy.
Pass a few blissful hours upstairs in the quiet, accompanied by a pint and Conal Creedon’s ‘Passion Play’. This book evokes the spirit of what remains of some of the most special areas in Cork city – and it’s bound to given that the legend himself lives but the soft hum of a song away. It’s neither city or county – it’s just pure Cork.
Past, present and future rest easy with each other at the Sin É…
|Monday||Thursday 10.00am to 11.30pm|
|Friday||Saturday 10.00am to 12.30 am|
|Sunday 12pm to 12.30 pm|