The restoration of this 19th century public house, restaurant and grocer took us to the historic, quaint and tiny town of Cashel – moments from the renowned heritage site, The Rock of Cashel. A quintessential old Irish pub, it had fallen into disrepair. As such, this commercial project began with a great deal of building and renovation work so that we could restore it structurally as well as aesthetically.
Because of Mikey Ryan’s history, our approach was rooted in remaining true to its spirit. Every step we took was with great sensitivity and respect for the building’s past and to complement the shared heritage of the town of Cashel. This extended to the colours that were selected and the materials sourced, using predominantly local Kilkenny limestone which is quarried approximately an hour away.
We designed Mikey Ryan’s to evolve as you meander through the many passageways and rooms. It begins by channelling depth and comfort with a more masculine subtext, using Stiffkey Blue, characterful leather and aged oak. As you walk through the property though, it transforms gradually, opening up, using light to its great advantage and less saturated colour, introducing walls panelled in glass and hessian – which we felt encouraged imagery of orangeries and Irish crop fields.
The project highlights for us, absolutely include the design of the bar and ‘Mikey’s snug’ – a tiny two-seater pocket in the window that has been there for more than a century; the horse box bar in the garden that we converted to reflect the owners’ love of horse racing; and the ancient oak trusses that we found hidden in the depths of the first floor ceiling that we were able to retain and beautifully expose, as they most certainly deserved to be.