The story of McCarthy's Publican, Restaurant & Undertaker.
McCarthy’s can be found in the
town of Fethard just across the street from a quaint little church. In the
beginning McCarthy’s was built in the 1840’s to give the town a place to enjoy
spirits, groceries, bread, linens, china, and glass and was in fact one of the
most popular hotels in the area. Richard McCarthy, the owner of McCarthy’s hotel
also provided accommodation, livery stables, and even hackney carriage services.
Residents of Fethard even used one of McCarthy’s services upon their death,
undertaker. Today, his descendents still run the business and it still has all
the same services it did back in the 1840’s when it was built.
This unique old establishment looks about the same as
it did the day it was opened. Along the walls are yellowed newspapers, faded
photographs, and of course, age that can be seen with peeling paint. Three local
ladies persuaded McCarthy in the 1970’s from changing the pub and bringing it
into modern times, and today as you step into the hotel, you will step back in
There is a legend that has been with McCarthy’s pub
since its beginning and it does predict doom on the McCarthy family. When a
member of the family is close to death, a picture falls from the wall without
any reason, and then you will hear three very loud banging knocks at the front
Many guests whether they are regular or just passer
bys have also noticed the presences of ghosts such as cold spots and apparitions
that will appear and disappear before their eyes.
A visit to McCarthy’s will be one that will last a
lifetime, however, be sure that the person sitting across from you is not a
ghost from long ago.
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