Tholsel Bar

Kilkenny, Ireland

Closed 2020

The Disappointed Tourist: Tholsel Bar, Ellen Harvey, 2024. Oil and acrylic on Gessoboard, 24 x 18″ 61 x 46 cm). Photograph: Etienne Frossard.

Kilkenny lost a true gentleman in Benji Lawlor. Anon

The Tholsel was a bar located at the Parade end of Kilkenny’s High Street. Named after Kilkenny’s Tholsel building, the Tholsel Bar was almost as famous as its owner, the late Brendan ‘Benji’ Lawlor. Mr Lawlor, who was indelibly linked with Kilkenny Rugby Club, passed away in July 2020. The former ‘Rugby Pub’ of Kilkenny is currently for sale. The painting is based on an uncredited photograph.