Syd Harkinsí Pub is across the street from my flat on
Rose Inn Street in Kilkenny. Thatís not why I go there; that's just a convenient fact.
One's "local" is not the pub nearest to one's home, but the pub that one visits most frequently.
Nor is one's local a permanent institution; I've recently visited Syd's for the first time in a couple of years.
Syd's is what the Irish call my "local." It just happens
to be more local than most.
I went to Sydís my third night in town, with J_ and M_. That was my first night at Lautrecís Brasserie,
a restaurant on Kieran Street. The three of us worked
together for a while there.
Theyíre both a couple of my best friends* in town. Most
of my other friends here, too, tend to go to Sydís for
lack of a better way of putting it. Itís a common point
of reconnoitering, which may include a game of
for most of us includes at least a couple of pints of