Joseph McHugh’s Pub has been serving customers since 1899. In its early years, the Pub also functioned as a boarding house for guests. Situated beside the picturesque harbour in Liscannor and its adjoining fishing village, McHugh’s has always welcomed and catered for visitors. It remained in the ownership of the McHugh family both as a pub and as a grocery shop until it was bought by Clare hurlers Davy Fitzgerald and Ger O’Loughlin.
It recently changed hands and is now owned by the Considines, a local family from the area who have had a long association with the McHugh family. It’s most famous proprietor was Joseph McHugh, who was known for his quirky sayings and quick wit. The fame of Joe and his pub was immortalised in a song by Dermot Kelly entitled “ The seven day licence of Joseph McHugh”. The song gives a colourful account of the original pub, its contents and Joseph’s love of greyhounds. The pub has had a long association with sport including golf, football, hurling and greyhound racing, and indeed Joseph kept greyhounds behind the pub.
The ethos of Joseph McHugh’s Pub has always included a warm welcome for patrons from far and near. To take a quote from the song “If you’re Irish or Spanish, or Russian or Jew, you’ll get a warm welcome from Joseph McHugh!”
With the support and goodwill of the local community the Considine family have restored Joseph McHugh’s Pub in keeping with the original atmosphere of McHugh’s. They hope to continue the tradition of music, song and hospitality established by the original owners.