Dooega is miles away from the hustle and bustle of
ordinary day modern living. On a calm evening the turf
smoke rises skyward and scents the air just as it did in
Paul Henry's time almost a century ago. Go for a walk
along one of our headlands or stroll down to the jetty to
meet the fishing boats coming in.
Then it's time to head for Mickey's to exchange stories
about the day - to hear about the various walks, the
rocks you can fish from, the fish you can catch, the
sights still to be seen and to listen to stories of days that
are long gone. The public bar, or "Mickey's" as the locals
call it, is where everybody meets. It's your typical small
village/country pub where locals and visitors mingle,
people make arrangements for tomorrow and discuss the
real issues of the day like the weather, the day's fishing,
the hay, the turf and football. And occasionally it's
rounded off with an impromptu singsong.
Bar food is served throughout the summer season until
approx 8.00pm each evening. The food is plain and
simple with a local emphasis. People come back for our
mussels, crab claws, seafood platters, smoked salmon,
boxty and mum's homemade brown bread.
You don't often find an appreciation of art in small rural
pubs - but you will in Mickey's. While Achill is
synonymous with Paul Henryand Robert Henri, who
painted portraits of local people, Dooega has, in modern
times, been the home of three artists; the Austrian
surrealist Fritz Aigner who lived in Dooega during the
early sixties and returned regularly to Dooega until his
death in Jan 2005, Seosamh O'Dalaigh and Henry Healy.
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