What better way is there to start off a new year than talking about love? The Celtic Hearth has had the privilege of being a part of many first dates, wedding proposals, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and rehearsal dinners. Our sister pub, Bridie Molloy’s, has even hosted wedding ceremonies.
One such couple which had their first date here are Chris and Larry, a Newfoundland couple who now live in Dublin, Ireland. Although they have lived abroad in several locations, they continue to stay in touch with their Newfoundland roots by operating www.gaysaroundthebay.com and reaching out to their favourite St. John’s breakfast spot.
Chris and Larry contacted us in September when they had an interesting run-in with the Prime Minister at a local pub in Dublin. In a Facebook post, the two wrote:
“DID YOU KNOW: So we met the Irish Prime Minister at a pub again last night. He said he loves visiting Newfoundland and then taught us that the Gaelic name for Newfoundland is “Talamh an Eisc” which literally translates to “The Land of Fish”, a name used as far back as 1750.
Also had never realised that is used to be the name of the pub at The Celtic Hearth in St. John’s where we had our first date! All these years of early breakfasts and had never realised to ask what it meant.”
While The Celtic Hearth was never named the Talamh an Eisc, we have always had it on the facade of our building, as seen in a photo posted by Chris and Larry in their original post. The inscription on the facade of The Celtic Hearth is a tribute to Newfoundland’s Irish routes and the connection between our Irish pubs and Newfoundland history.
Being the thorough researchers they are, the two also included an explanation of the importance of cod to Newfoundland as provided in an exhibit at The Rooms, a local museum.
The plaque reads:
“On the Island of Newfoundland, you will find some of the most Irish places in the world outside of Ireland. Almost half of the murder population of the province are descendants of Irish immigrants. They were early transatlantic commuters who came first as seasonal workers in the cod fishery. Most arrived before the Great Irish Potato Famine of 1845-50.
Newfoundland is the only major region outside of Europe with an Irish Gaelic name, Talamh an Eisc, the Fishing Ground or the Land of Fish. The name Talamh an Eisc is recorded in Irish poetry as far back as 1750.
The installation traces the Irish migrants from Ireland to Newfoundland 1700-1850 and how this great adventure transformed their lives. It also examines how their descendants left their imprint on the landscape and culture of their island home.
It’s a huge and moving story.”
The best part of this story? Chris and Larry stopped in to visit us on New Year’s Eve! A huge thank you to Chris and Larry for helping us ring in 2019 with love! We wish you a wonderful year filled with joy, amazing food, and cold pints! Follow their adventures on www.gaysaroundthebay.com!