‘A HIDDEN GEM’ – Hamrock’s Bar, Brideswell

PUB SPY – ‘It’s a hidden gem, a wonderful boozer!’

“It’s so hard to find fault with this hidden gem” – that was Pub Spy’s headline in this week’s Sunday World following its recent visit to Hamrock’s Bar, Brideswell.

Donie Hamrock expressed surprise at being featured and thrilled to have received such a great Review. Pub Spy described it as a wonderful boozer which is cosy, clean and in pristine condition.

Donie is delighted with the warm words of congratulations he has received from customers and friends.

To find out why Pub Spy and his Commandos were so enamoured with “this hidden Gem” why not drop into Donie, Enda and the staff in Hamrock’s for a warm welcome and a glass of whatever takes your fancy!

A proud family business

Established in 1855, Hamrock’s Bar in Brideswell was taken over by Donie in 1990 from his parents, Rose and the late Noel Hamrock. Extensive renovations were carried out in 2001, with an extension being added to modernise the premises.

The premises boasts a pool room, spacious bar and large lounge capable of catering for parties and functions. Indeed the premises has hosted many lively nights enjoyed by all.

The pub is situated in the picturesque village of Brideswell in the parish of Kiltoom & Cam and borders on the neighbouring parish of Taughmaconnell, Creagh & Moore. Brideswell is well-known as the birthplace of the late GAA legend Gerry O’Malley and plans are afoot to honour him.

Donie is married to Irene and they have two children, Katie and Caoimhe. The family and Hamrock’s Bar are heavily involved in village activity and one of the main events hosted by the village each year is the annual Pattern which is held over the last weekend in July.

Next year sees the Pattern celebrating 60 years since its revival in 1957 and it is sure to be an event not to be missed.


This weekend is a big one on the GAA playing field for both the parish of Kiltoom & Cam and the neighbouring parish of Taughmaconnell, Creagh & Moore, with St. Brigid’s and Padraig Pearses seeking to take home the Fahy Cup.

Flags can be seen flying at Hamrock’s wishing both teams well in what is sure to be a close encounter.