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A Thing for Rings
08/16/06
It is my strong conviction that onion rings deserve a higher standing in the pantheon of side dishes. The onion ring should be seen as the equal of the french fry, rather than be grouped with second-class fried sides such as mushrooms, zucchini, or mozzarella sticks. The onion ring has so...

Dublin Square Irish pub - a bit of the ol' sod
03/10/06
"Kiss me! I'm Irish!" the words across the green T-shirt demanded. The shirt was to be worn on the most auspicious of Irish celebrations - St. Patrick's Day, which occurs March 17. There are more than 35 million people of Irish descent now living in the United States, most of them clustered in the...

At the Dublin Square, Guinness and Americana rock go down smoothly
01/16/06
Gaslamp District - It’s always a good sign when you see an Irishman tending bar in an Irish pub here in the States. So, when I checked out the Dublin Square Irish Pub the other night, and heard an Irish lilt coming from...

Twins Celebrate 300th Birthday
04/04/03
Twins will tonight (Wednesday) celebrate 300 glorious years. A group from San Diego, California, will join with Kilkenny revelers to mark the 300th anniversary of Tynan’s Bar, John’s Bridge, Kilkenny.Tynan’s Bridge House Bar first opened for business in March 1703. It was founded by the Darcy family, and it...

Welcome to Issue 15! A Double Take
11/01/02
Tynan’s Bridge House Bar in Kilkenny, featured in Issue 14, is one of Ireland’s most beautiful old pubs. Samme Ladckie certainly thinks so. After visiting it while on the Guinness Investors Course, he discussed the possibility of reproducing its famous horseshoe bar with Billy O’Sullivan of...

Music and Dancing Bring Irish Fans Downtown
06/06/02
Fans of Irish music and dance should flock to Dublin Square, 554 Fourth Ave., downtown, Wednesday nights for its "Irish Dance Cabaret." Featuring the work of choreographer Liam Harner, formerly with the London production of "Riverdance," alongside the music of six-piece neotraditional group...

Thousands of miles - to have a pint!
04/05/02
What other nationality would jet thousands of miles across the globe to have a pint? Well, in all fairness, we Irish do enjoy a pint of old Uncle Arthur, whether it is in Ballyragget, or Boston, South Kilkenny, or San Diego. In recent week a party of Kilkenny men and women did just what most would do if they...

Stalking the Wild Corned Beef
03/14/02
There's more than one way to skin a corned beef. For last year's St. Patrick's Day review, I ate corned beef and cabbage all over downtown and the South Bay, searching for the best. The top CB&C - moist and juicy, with very fresh cabbage - was at McP's in Coronado, which still remains in the...

Twinning of pubs 7,000 miles apart
10/05/01
An unusual “twinning” ceremony was held at John’s Bridge, Kilkenny, on Sunday, when Deputy Mayor of Kilkenny, Marie Fitzpatrick, officiated at the formal alliance of two great pubs, situated over 7,000 miles apart. Sammie Ladckie, a publican from San Diego, California, visited Kilkenny two...

Honk If You're Irish
08/09/01
You know those big trucks with oversized flatbed trailers, the ones transporting an entire two-story house from one place to another? Kid stuff. Try moving an entire pub 5,400 miles, from Ireland to Southern California. The trick is, you do it in pieces. Dublin Square, the latest example of greening of the...

Dublin Square Brings Authentic Irish Recipes, Furnishings To Gaslamp
04/13/01
The Irish spirit expresses itself to me joyously in literature, music, and dance. I feel Irish when I read “Finnegan’s Wake” by James Joyce, or listen to U2, or watch Michael Flatley’s Riverdance. There is, indeed, something...

Luck o' the Irish now in 92101
03/22/01
Anyone longing for a taste of Ireland now has reason to dance a jig. Dublin Square, the newest Irish installation in the Gaslamp Quarter, has officially opened its authentic doors to the public. But the Publican, Samme A. Ladckie, didn’t stop at simply making the pub feel Irish – he literally made it....