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    Design Island

    About : Design Island Design Island is an association of Ireland’s leading designer makers producing the finest products in Ireland for contemporary interiors. The diverse range of skills and product types produced by the different members of the group is complimented by their single minded passion for and commitment to quality in all aspects of design and manufacture.  

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    Gus O’Connors pub

    Early Days Gus O’Connor’s Pub was first established in 1832 and was a tiny rural pub which could hold only 20 customers when Gus O’Connor took over the family business from his father John in 1956. Doolin was just starting to make a name for itself at the time and Gus O’Connor, together with his wife Doll, played a crucial role in this process as musicians were always welcome to play in the pub, which wasn’t the case in many places back then. The Pure Drop Several music & folklore collectors visited Doolin on different occasions to record local tunes, songs and stories. Seamus Delargy came as early as the 1920s and he was followed by three of the most famous Irish Folklore Collectors: Seamus Ennis, Ciarán MacMathuna and Breandan Breatnach. O’Connor’s Pub hosted many of these recording sessions in the 40s and 50s which were made for archive purposes but also for radio broadcasting. And thus, following the broadcast of these recordings, Doolin was literally put on the map as a hot spot for traditional music, a place where you could experience “the Pure Drop”. When Gus & Doll O’Connor took over pub in 1956, there weren’t many visitors Read more [...]