I just returned from Ireland where, due to the low dollar value and my unemployed status, budget was a major consideration. Two places were particularly nice finds given for those on a budget. In Ennis we frequently ate at the Barge Rooms located almost across the street from the Courts building. An enormous omelet with bacon, cheese and mushrooms was delicious and cost about 5 Euros. A huge bowl of excellent oatmeal was 2.5 Euros. For suppers we had salmon, fish and chips and bacon and cabbage. All were delicious, the portions were large and cost was 7 to 9 Euros. I had one desert called Fruit of the Forest tart that was concoction of sweet and tart berries with custard, whipped cream and a very light crust. Just marvelous! The atmosphere is very comfortable and friendly and the bar people pull a good pint.
In Dublin we found the Library Bar at the Central Hotel on Exchequer Street just off Great George. The bar, located on the first floor (not to be confused with the ground floor), is the residents's bar but there were also lots of walkins. The room looks like a library with comfortable stuffed chairs and low tables. The menu is limited and we sampled only sandwiches. For about 8 Euro I had the best hamburger I have ever tasted - excellent flavor for the burger, topped with Irish chedder, bacon and mushrooms. The accompanying chips were crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Also terrific was the BLT which was made with lots of bacon and cost about 5 Euros. If I lived in Ireland I think I would be dead within a year because of Irish bacon! Sadly the BLT came with crisps not chips.
If I lived in Ireland I think I would be dead within a year because of Irish bacon!