M Bowe, Bar & Lounge was established in 1906 by Michael J Bowe, grandfather of the present owner Michael J Bowe and great grandfather of the present Manager, Michael Bowe Jnr, and it is the only fourth generation pub with the same family name in Thurles.
Frequented by all generations who often take a nostalgic trip of times past over a pint of Guinness, a coffee or a drink. As Bowe's is only two minutes from the main Dublin/Cork/Limerick train station many tourists arrive to locate their ancestors in Thurles.
You are always guaranteed a friendly face to serve the beverage of your choice as we pride ourselves on the friendliness of our staff.
Because of our proximity to Semple Stadium (5 minutes away), Bowe's is a renowned GAA venue and to many GAA followers over the years it is their mecca. Over the years supporters from Kilkenny, Limerick, Cork, Waterford and Clare have displayed an array of coloured jerseys and Munster final days are an unforgettable sight. "Slieve na Mon", the every popular Premier Anthem is always outnumbered by "The Banks" as the men from Cork arrive in droves from the train station.
During the Premiership Leqgue our support is with Liverpool and Michael Jnr, an ardent follower who runs trips from the pub to Anfield, gives many a rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone".
The smoking hut which is very well designed and heated is quite an entertaining niche for those who require a "fix".
WHAT'S ON OFFER
Bowe's is a prime venue for parties, 21st's, anniversaries, celebration of life Christenings and numerous family occasions.
Special fund raising events and fancy dress nights for the hospice and local charity events are an annual feature. Many a tip for a good horse is whispered at the counter. If you fancy a game of pool or listening to the juke box it all happens at Bowe's.
We can cater for all groups from 50 to 250 without a problem and we are always happy to oblige, just contact us on one the above numbers.
* Live Music Friday and Saturday
* 25 Drive Monday night
* Texas Hold 'Em Tuesday
* Premiership matches
* Sporting Events
* Visit out Sports Lounge
* Sandwiches, tea/coffee
* Great Party Food
Thurles and its surrounds are rich in scenery, offering the finest agricultural land in Europe. The Town boasts the family fortress of the Earl of Ormond dating back to 1328 - this can be viewed at the end of Liberty Square.
In the Square itself is Hayes Hotel, birth place of the GAA and still very much associated with gaelic sport.
Nearby tourist highlights include "Lar na Pairce" - GAA shop and museum. Farney Castle, built in 1495, is now a house of international renown. At the Castle shop you can purchase unique handmade knitwear designs and fine porcelains which are produced at the Castle Courtyard. Tours of the Castle and harp recitals can be arranged by appointment.
Another must is a visit to St Mary's Famine and War Museum which gives an insight into the conditions during the Great Famine (1845 - 1850) and how Thurles was affected during this period. Built and constructed in 1879, Thurles Cathedral was recently renovated and it features a strong presence of the Romanesque style similar to Cormac's Chapel on the Rock of Cashel - incidentally, the same architect designed th Cathedral in Pisa, Italy.
Because of its proximity to Collmore Stud and Ballydoyle, horseracing is very much a local passion. Coolmore stud is still led by John Manger and is situated in Fetherd just outside the town, while Ballydoyle stud, founded by M V O'Brien, is on the Cashel side of the town. The Minstrel, Sir Ivory, Nijinsky, Storm Bird and the mighty Sadler's Wells are a small handful of the greats - all sent from Ballydoyle Stud. Yes, it homes and sells some of the high class racehorces. A visit to either stud can be arranged.
Shopping in Thurles is a dream with several high class boutiques stocking all the leading brands available. Supermarkets and Shopping Malls adorn the town and if your interests are bird watching, cycling, clay shooting, horse riding or golfing, Thurles is the place to visit.
A recent addition to the town is the "Source Centre" which stages all leading plays and musicians from all over Ireland. Dublin, Cork, Limerick rail lines are all easily accessible with journey times a little over an hour on fast line City Trains.
Visit website: www.bowetravel.ie
Whats on Offer:
- Live Music
- Parties Catered For
- Beer Garden
- Car Parking
- Family Friendly
- Family Run
- Smoking Area
- Wheelchair Access
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"Best pub in Thurles"
Bowes is the only pub I drink in. Unlike the rest of the pubs in Thurles, Nearly everybody starts a conversation with you and the smoking area is comfortable and the Guinness is creamier and doesn't taste like it's watered down. The bartenders talk to you and are very welcoming.
Review published 11 February 2010
Posted by: C
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