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Tributes paid to landlady behind famous Donegal pub

Nan Brennan (pictured left) with her sister, Patricia featured on this year's Guinness Hop House 13 beer ad. The sisters ran the famous Brennan's Criterion Bar in Bundoran.
Seamus McKinney

ONE of Donegal's best known publicans has been described as "a truly great woman" following her death on Sunday.

Nan Brennan ran Brennan's Criterion Bar in Bundoran with her sister Patricia.

The famous pub has remained the same in style and set-up since it was opened in the 1900s by the sisters' grandparents.

While always popular with visitors to Bundoran – particularly the huge numbers of northern tourists who flock to Donegal each summer – the landmark pub was also the focus earlier this year of a television advert for Guinness's Hop House 13 beer.

Many tributes were posted on social media after the death was announced. One Facebook user noted that the pub was “one of the most genuine Irish bars in the country.”

Writing on Facebook Matt Britton said: "As news emerged that Nan Brennan had passed away there was deep sadness, not only in the town, but throughout the country.

"Nan along with her sister Patricia ran the legendary Criterion Bar, simply known as "Brennan's" which became famous worldwide as perhaps one of the most genuine Irish bars in the country. Though both in their golden years the sisters ran the bar by themselves often refusing an offer to help change a keg...

“Nan will be deeply missed by those who were privileged to know her. Deepest sympathies to Patricia and her extended family. Bundoran has lost a truly great woman.”

Ms Brennan was buried yesterday at Finner Cemetery in Bundoran following Requiem Mass at the Church of Our Lady Star of the Sea.

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