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The "Cat and Bagpipes" to many must be an oxymoron as the one is a cat and the other sounds like a cat being squeezed under an elbow! But as Sharon Corbet wanted more cats we in NLI are only too happy to oblige:-) This pub in the midlands looks strategically placed on the corner to get the trade from all directions. Does it still trade and under that name? Where did the name come from?
Summary: Well the questions have been answered even though we never expected to find out where the name came from! "The Cat and Bagpipes" is still trading and retains the name it had when James O'Dea took the photo back in 1958. The name it seems came from a situation where a cat played the bagpipes and saved the piper who had set the barn alight! Thank you all for your help!

Photographer: James P. O'Dea

Collection:James P. O'Dea

Date: Circa 1958

NLI Ref.: ODEA 7/10

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    • 11/Nov/2019 09:20:47

    Still there! Streetview -

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    • 11/Nov/2019 09:28:54

    Flickr is sometimes amazing! This tall tale via[email protected]/ - "Customers often ask how did the Cat and Bagpipes get its name? Truth or fable- a travelling musician, stopped for a few pints on a cold winters evening.He played some tunes on his bagpipes ,enjoyed a bit of banter with the friendly people of Tubber and a few pints of the best Guinness in IrelandRelaxed and tired he headed to the Hay shed to bed down for the night, As he was somewhat enebriated after the pints of the Black Stuff he dozed.. not noticing his cigarette butt was not fully extuinguished and the Hay quickly became alight. The cat curled up beside him on the Hay leaped down onto the bagpipes making a squeal that woke the traveller and saved the day and his life!-From that day on the Pub was known as the Cat and Bagpipes and is known locally through the generations as 'The Cat' Sean and Yvonne Tone Present proprieters: Great Picture! Great Pub!Great Place!" At this 2002 photo -[email protected]/379965311

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    • 11/Nov/2019 09:43:22

    Cat & Fiddle was already taken.

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    • 11/Nov/2019 11:39:22

    Again, not quite what I meant, but thank you for the effort :-) There was a shop attached to the pub until 2017. The article has some of the history of the pub.

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    John A. Coffey

    • 11/Nov/2019 12:34:22

    Tubber, Moate, Co. Westmeath, as opposed to The Cat and Bagpipes, which once stood stood on the corner of Downing Street and King's Street, Westminster, London. And also this tall tale

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    • 11/Nov/2019 18:49:07

    Or "Tober" on the old maps (and Google), originally on the Moath/Clara main road, now a little bypassed.