sub-titled “An Intoxicating History of the Licensed Trade in Ireland” and “Including Profiles of over 100 of the Oldest Family-Owned Pubs”. This book is in 2 parts – 1st a comprehensive study of the licensed trade in Ireland from Celtic times to the present and 2nd descriptions of the oldest family owned pubs in Ireland. The licensed trade study takes a broad look at pubs, vintners, breweries, beer & spirits, licensing regulations in Ireland against the social and political pattern of the times. The 2nd half of the book – the oldest family-owned pubs, covers 4 chapters (1 for each of the provinces of Connaught,Leinster, Munster and Ulster) describing and illustrating each of the 105 pubs. Also list of Dublin pubs of Historic Architectural Interest in appendix.