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?
: 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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