The Parlour


History of Jack O'Rourkes

Situated in the centre of Blackrock village, Jack O'Rourkes is easily recognised by its striking pub frontage of black and gold. The pub dates from the early 1800's, and commenced business as "a first class family grocery, with tea blending departments". Jack O'Rourkes has always been a big part of the Blackrock scene, and is very popular with both the local and business communities.

Myles Na gCopoleen referred to the pub in his writings (see his amusing letter to Jack O'Rourke, on display in the Snug), as has J.P. Dunleavy ('The Ginger Man'). The pub was also frequented by James Joyce, when he lived in Blackrock, and many other personalities of the past, some of whom are depicted in the pub.

The O'Rourke family purchased the business in 1921. It was run by Jack during his lifetime, and is now managed by his daughter-in-law, Jane, and one of her four sons, Nigel.

During all these years, Jack O'Rourkes has been upgraded, but not changed, on only two occasions. The old atmosphere of the original pub is still there. A recent alteration included the conversion of the original living quarters to a functions room - "The Parlour" - which caters for groups, private parties etc., and the introduction of an all day food menu.

Old photos and memorabilia of Blackrock are on display throughout, and are a source of much interest to customers and local historians of the area. Jack O'Rourkes is by far the longest established business in Blackrock, where local people and those returning from abroad, are delighted to be able to enjoy a pint in the very same pub that was frequented by their fathers and grandfathers.



detail from an interior door



Jack O'Rourkes, 15 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland - (01) 2887102