History - The river was only navigable up to the shallows at Scariff until the Shannon Commissioners dredged the river and lined the banks in the eighteen forties. The village is closely linked to Tuamgraney, where Brian Boru, High King of Ireland is reputed to have carried our repairs to the church in the year 1000.
Our Bit -
Scariff is as far as we can navigate on the River Scariff which drains into the
southern end of Lough Derg. It lies a short drive along the Scariff from Tuamgraney and
has far more mooring places than Tuamgraney, with more planned in the near future.
McNamaras lies at the centre of the village where you are spoilt for choice of bars.
The bar was fairly crowded at lunch time mainly with locals many of whom where eating here.
Unfortunately we only had a snack not as we planned to eat in the evening. We returned later
that night to eat only to find that none of the pubs and 'Restaurants' as advertised outside
did meals during the evening. This was most unusual for Irish pubs.
The Merriman Tavern
● Having left McNamara we went searching for a place to have some food. We should be
McNamara's did not do food as we might never have found the Merriman Tavern. The Tavern lies
just off the main road and could easily be missed, but should not be. It apparently has just
reopened after being closed for about 10 years which could explain the lack of customers the
night we were there. The warm welcome from the landlord was greatly appreciated as was the food.
Our only disappointment with the place was that we arrived mid week, and not at the weekend when
the Tavern turns into a music venue.|
The Merriman has been a well known folk venue since the late 60's and has just reopened as such. The place is covered with posters showing the acts that have appeared here over the years. With famous Irish folk names like Clannad, The Dubliners, Cristy Moore and the Furies (who made their debut here) to English names like Raplh Mctell and Gerry Rafferty the artist list is impressive for such a small establishment. Not all these artists are from the past. The Furies were scheduled to play there soon, so if you are in this area of Ireland search out the Merriman especially on music nights and ensure the successful return of this venue.
Uncountable the find of the holiday and well worth its 4 glass rating, what would it get on a music night?
Main Street, Scariff. Tel : 921011
Other Scariff Bars or Bar/Restaurants not visitedWe have not yet visited the places below, and therefore any comments have been taken from the www, and are not by me.
The Nightingale Inn
Ryans Bar and Restaurant
Comments and additional material on the bars in this area are always welcome.
I can be contacted on Neil MacPherson
Last Updated 18th Aug 2001 - Neils Travel Web - Ireland - Scariff - Pubs