Pub in Cooley Peninsula

Overflowing inside and out with bric-a-brac – milk cans, lanterns, antlers, church pews, crockery, street signs, barrels, bellows, bank notes and even tables dangling upside-down from the ceiling – Fitzpatrick's is a locally patronised treasure with fantastic craic. Excellent pub fare (mains €15.50 to €32) includes steak, seafood, award-winning chowder and 'almost-famous French-onion soup'; book ahead for lunch or dinner.

The flower-filled, umbrella-shaded beer gardens (with resident braying donkeys) are positively hopping on sunny days. Traditional Irish music strikes up frequently of an evening. There's a kids' menu and a babies' menu.