About Us

Let’s Start At The Very Beginning…

Welcome to J.J. Walsh’s – an historic Irish pub in Cork city.

Located at 64 Oliver Plunkett Street, or Turner’s Hotel as it was in 1910 when our story begins, has a long and rich history. At the epicentre of Cork business and retail, behind the hotel sat Conway’s Yard – a spacious area with stables for horses, and later motor cars.

The Turner Family had strong links to the revolutionary movement in Cork, and so the hotel became an epicentre of Republican Activity during the War of Independence.

Jenny Turner, who was involved with the local Cumann na mBan, was married to JJ Walsh – an important figure in the establishment of the Irish Volunteers in Cork, chairman of the Cork GAA County Board, and a 1916 veteran.

JJ Walshs Historical Memorabilia

Some of the names who passed through the doors of Turners Hotel come straight from the history books – Eoin MacNeil, Sir Roger Casement, Tom Barry and Michael Collins who made a speech in favour of the Anglo Irish Treaty inside the hotel, and later from a top floor window to a large crowd gathered on the street.

Information provided thanks to the Rebel Streets of Cork, find out more about Turner’s Hotel on their blog.

In 2021, the Clancy’s Group acquired the site of Turner’s Hotel which had been home to The Grafton Bar. Following extensive refurbishment, Conway’s Yard was opened to great acclaim – a truly eclectic venue that hosts a mix-match of antiques and  historical memorabilia.

 

In 2022, the refurbishment of the Grafton Bar began in earnest. Following extensive research and a painstaking planning process, J.J. Walsh’s opened its doors in August 2022, bringing the historic story of the venue to the forefront of Oliver Plunkett Street again, and restoring it to its former glory. Today, it boasts all the great things that are associated with an historic Irish pub, and is a hotspot for Cork music and nightlife.