C: Helen’s Bar Killmackogue (Facebook)

No price gouging here: Check out the value of this Kerry pub

A pub in West Kerry has been praised by Twitter users after one happy reveller posted a photo of a receipt showing the value he got for his money – with many in shock at the existence of €3.90 pints anywhere in Ireland as the cost-of-living crisis continues to grip the country.

Helen’s Bar, located on the Beara Peninsula between Kenmare and Castetownbere, was the pub that got people talking after being visited by Irishman Eimhin Boland, who posted his receipt on Twitter after enjoying food and drink at the popular spot in Kerry.

“Food of the highest quality at prices that are hard to beat, and a real Irish welcome. It’s a long time since I paid less than €4 for a pint of Guinness too! Thanks to Helen and all at Helen’s Bar in Kilmackilllogue, Co. Kerry for the experience! We’ll definitely be back”, the very satisfied customer tweeted.

In response to the post, one user compared the prices to those in Dublin, posting a photo of a receipt from Templebar last week: 

“This was last week’s prices in Dublin. €8.60 a pint of Heineken. €8.90 after 12pm”.

“Cannot remember the last time I [saw] a pint bottle of bulmers priced at under a fiver”, another person ventured. “Nice to see good value, especially in the kingdom of Kerry”, another added.

“Great to see Helen’s Bar doing a roaring trade and it just shows how much we are being ripped off in Ireland. Brilliant you found this gem and people will flock to it,” was another response.

“It’s nice to see good prices and such glowing reviews as yours. We’re doing a staycation this year, out of necessity- however, I suspect that we may go out of our way to pay a visit to Helen’s Bar. Thanks for sharing this with us,” one man, clearly glad to see the value for money, replied.

It’s not the first time people have raved about the competitively priced food and drink there; In September 2021, Helen’s Bar won acclaim for selling Guinness at what many delighted customers ventured could be “the cheapest price in Ireland”. 

One glowing review online at the time read:

“Pretty sure this is the cheapest pint in the country. Although the young fella behind the bar tells me with some confidence that there is a place in Adrigole selling them for €3.85. I love Kerry! Dublin, get over yourself.”

Punters from across the country have vowed to visit the pub, which is also a popular bed and breakfast, which has garnered over 100 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor – with guests describing it as an “absolute gem”.

“Do not come to Kenmare and not visit!” one review on the platform from last week read. “This place deserves a visit!” another person chimed in online.

 

C. Helen’s Bar Killmackogue (Facebook)
C: Helen’s Bar Killmackogue (Facebook)

 

Most publicans upped the price of alcohol as soon as indoor trading resumed – with price increases ranging anywhere from 10 to 30 per cent depending on the establishment. The cost of a glass of wine or spirits was also subject to an increase.

The price we now pay for almost everything in Ireland has increased, with household budgets under increased strain. It has been estimated that the average family will pay roughly €3,500 in additional costs this year. 

Hotels have been forced to deny allegations of ‘price gouging’ after members of the Oireachtas Tourism Committee recently highlighted prices soaring to €800 a room, describing the costs as “exorbitant”.

The inflated cost of accommodation in Ireland, particularly in Dublin, has been at the centre of scrutiny, especially over concerns that unrealistic prices run the risk of damaging the tourism industry and pricing the sector out of the European market.

Gript recently investigated the cost of visiting Dublin as a tourist, with holiday makers seriously unimpressed at the price of a stay in the capital. One tourist from overseas appeared to dissuade people from staying in Dublin for any length of time, suggesting that it would be better to visit our fair city for the day, then leave:

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