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  • NotFromHere Dec 27, 1:23 p.m.

    Please come to the one in Cary. I've been to both and the menu is the same and I'm sure the beer is too. We would love to have your business and tax dollars in Cary.

  • bubbba Dec 27, 12:58 p.m.

    I worked on Peace St. for 28 years and must have drove by that place at least a 1000 times. Never felt the need to go in or use it for directions. It was just a bar, absolutely nothing else. Sorry it burned for the owner and the patrons, neither of whom I know.

  • GravyPig Dec 27, 12:50 p.m.

    "It IS a landmark on Glenwood South, which is exactly what the article says. It may not be a Raleigh Landmark, but when you think of the Glenwood South area... my mind always goes to the Hibernian."

    Guess we'll have to agree to disagree. When I think of "Glenwood South" I think of the old Pine State building. I guess if I spent time at one particular place in Glenwood South, I would immediately associate the area with that business.

    Truly, we could go round and round on this all day long, so I'm just going to drop it. They'll rebuild and then you can go back there and create some more good memories.

  • GravyPig Dec 27, 12:29 p.m.

    "Actually I have used the place as a landmark. You couldn't miss the building so it was easy to tell someone to turn there to cut over to Boylan if they were not from the area."

    Well, the Peace Street Market is across from a Mcdonalds. If I give someone directions and refer to the McD does that now make it a landmark?

    "Those of us saying it's not a landmark aren't hatin' on the Hibernian. I love me some McDonald's but the one I frequent is NOT a landmark no matter how much I love it. A better headline would be "Popular Raleigh restaurant destroyed by fire." No one could take exception to that."

    Exactly. No one is trying to dump on the Hibernian but to call it a landmark isn't really right.

    "REBUILD!!"

    Read the article. They are. They would be fools not to.

  • GravyPig Dec 27, 12:22 p.m.

    "Hibernian. Tir Na nog. Naper Tandy's. Trali. O'Malley's. Saint's and Scholars. How many Irish pubs does Raleigh need? Can't we get a little creativity going? A Russian Restaurant? A Scottish Pub? These things exist in the world, just not in Raleigh."

    Well, the Irish pubs seem to be popular, and succesfull. When you have something that the public wants, they tend to frequent it. NewsMonkey makes it sound like he actually lives there as much as he frequents it. (I think his kids might have even been concieved there)

    It's nice to have a regular spot like that.

  • beachinit Dec 27, 12:21 p.m.

    It IS a landmark on Glenwood South, which is exactly what the article says. It may not be a Raleigh Landmark, but when you think of the Glenwood South area... my mind always goes to the Hibernian. We've never had a bad experience there, and always felt welcomed. It's a great bar for adults, versus the other places that are inundated with college kids.

  • kikinc Dec 27, 12:20 p.m.

    Hey tab, ever hear of sentimental value? The pub where I met my now husband closed last year, and I felt a great deal of sadness when it did. We met there, celebrated birthdays and milestones there, even celebrated our engagement there! The regulars were like a second family to us, throwing showers, and birthday parties, and what not. I'm sorry you've never had that experience, but it's absolutely wonderful.

  • baldchip Dec 27, 12:06 p.m.

    REBUILD!!

  • tab580642 Dec 27, 12:06 p.m.

    I can't believe how emotional people are about a bar that had no ownership in it or wasn't an employee. What's more ridiculous is that someone is trying to raise money to help rebuild the place. Isn't that what insurance is for??? It's not that serious folks.....media included!!

  • kimisufu Dec 27, 11:39 a.m.

    Those of us saying it's not a landmark aren't hatin' on the Hibernian. I love me some McDonald's but the one I frequent is NOT a landmark no matter how much I love it. A better headline would be "Popular Raleigh restaurant destroyed by fire." No one could take exception to that.

  • Cleanup on Aisle Cool Dec 27, 11:31 a.m.

    Hibernian. Tir Na nog. Naper Tandy's. Trali. O'Malley's. Saint's and Scholars. How many Irish pubs does Raleigh need? Can't we get a little creativity going? A Russian Restaurant? A Scottish Pub? These things exist in the world, just not in Raleigh.

  • I Carry even in Cary Dec 27, 11:20 a.m.

    No need to rag people becasue they call it a landmark or because they see it as their favorite bar and you dont. Sometimes people have differnt opinions of whats important to them.

    I spent many a night there it was great but more importantly I spent many a Sunday brunch there as well were old friends would come together from their hectic lives and be able to spend some time in good company. Rebuild it...

  • Relic Dec 27, 11:17 a.m.

    Popular hang out and nice pub, sure. Landmark, not so much.

    Agreed.

    Disagreed.

  • kimisufu Dec 27, 10:41 a.m.

    Popular hang out and nice pub, sure. Landmark, not so much.

    Agreed.

  • newsmonkey Dec 27, 10:35 a.m.

    Anyone who knows anything about Irish pubs knows that they are much more than just a "bar." Hibernian wasn't my local, but I know I'd be devastated if something like this happened to Tir na nOg -- the place where my then-baby daughter had her first bite of solid food (Irish stew), or where I atteneded so many wonderful dinners, birthdays, meetings, performances and parties with friends and family, where my 2nd child danced on stage for the first time, and where my oldest sung "Red is the Rose" during the sessions and you could hear a pin drop. Where I've been to wakes for those lost and book launches for those with new endeavors. If you think any Irish pub is just a place to drink, you are so, so wrong. I never touch a drop.

  • Save It Dec 27, 10:28 a.m.

    Actually I have used the place as a landmark. You couldn't miss the building so it was easy to tell someone to turn there to cut over to Boylan if they were not from the area.

  • bubbba Dec 27, 10:06 a.m.

    I wonder if Cary considers the one there a landmark.

  • bubbba Dec 27, 10:04 a.m.

    Landmark?

  • Kelondris Dec 27, 9:40 a.m.

    It's not just a bar, it's a restaurant too! And it had some awesome food and not finger food really food.

    You don't serve Sirloin Steaks, Corned Beef & Cabbage, Shephard's Pie, etc at a bar.

  • GravyPig Dec 27, 9:30 a.m.

    I feel your pain over the loss of the Hibernian. It stinks to have a place you like taken away. The good thing is, they will rebuild. hopefully this time the will update the building and include a sprinkler system. Not sure why they weren't required to have one in the first place, and they should probably look into a better fire suppression system in the kitchen too. Preferably one that actual supresses fire before it engulfs the walls and ceiling.

    That being said, I certainly wouldn't consider this a "landmark". A nice place to go, a fun place, sure but it's no more of a landmark than Harry's Guitar shop up the street. It's been there and in operation for a lot longer than the Hibernian. So I'm not sure what qualifies this as a landmark. The round hotel in downtown, that's a landmark. Used to be an old Holiday Inn, not sure who runs it now.

    Popular hang out and nice pub, sure. Landmark, not so much.

  • Minarchist Dec 27, 9:29 a.m.

    Opening up another one in north Raleigh? Must be that rough anti-small business climate.

  • Jimmytwotimes Dec 27, 9:24 a.m.

    batcave: "Its a bar for gosh sakes, not the sistine chaple. Actually maybe a good thing, less drunks to pollute our avenues where some try and remain sober while in public view. Got it!"

    Just cause you don't know how to have fun and live life.....You cry about everyone else who does. Getting polluted is fun and builds bonds with friends, strangers and family. try it.

  • Jimmytwotimes Dec 27, 9:21 a.m.

    Gotta change that fryer grease every couple of days. For it to catch fire by itself means it musta been a couple weeks old.

    I disagree with you Powderedtoastman, A bar is a landmark, in fact its more of a landmark than some old gov. buildings. this is a place filled with good times and memories and positive community events over the years and people remember that more than some boring old statue.

  • takeabathgreg Dec 27, 9:18 a.m.

    May the barley, malts and hops rest in peace. Go with pints ye valiant growler fillers!

  • elfgir1 Dec 27, 9:09 a.m.

    For your sanitation grade viewing pleasure: http://wake.digitalhealthdepartment.com/index.cfm

    MUAHAHAHA! (Although, I don't think I saw any grade Bs for the Hibernian on Glenwood. I only looked back a few years.)

  • PowderedToastMan Dec 27, 8:54 a.m.

    A bar is hardly a landmark

  • umop apisdn Dec 27, 8:43 a.m.

    Last time I was there it had a sanitation grade B. That is all.

  • racheliza Dec 27, 8:23 a.m.

    This makes me sad. The Hibernian is so unique, and hands down the best bar on Glenwood South. Hopefully they will be able to rebuild soon. (PS--I'm pretty excited that they are working on that N. Raleigh location!!)

  • corey3rd2 Dec 27, 8:06 a.m.

    The Rockford was the first "real place" to signal Glenwood South as a location for eating and drinking and not a semi-industrial zone with the Pine State dairy building as it's anchor.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Dec 26, 7:06 p.m.

    batcave: "Its a bar for gosh sakes, not the sistine chaple. Actually maybe a good thing, less drunks to pollute our avenues where some try and remain sober while in public view. Got it!"

    Actually, I'm Baptist. Anything related to the Catholic religion means NOTHING to me. This bar is just as, if not more, important than the "sistine chaple". As a matter of fact, I'm not sure I know what the "sistine chaple" actually is. And I really don't care. But I LOVED the Hibernian.

  • heelsgirl05 Dec 26, 6:44 p.m.

    Its a bar for gosh sakes, not the sistine chaple. Actually maybe a good thing, less drunks to pollute our avenues where some try and remain sober while in public view. Got it!

    Umm, this place represented INCOME and JOBS for a lot of people, especially the owners. Yes, there is another one in Cary, but this one was in a prime spot and was filled to overflowing on weekends. People no longer have jobs now, and that is no good in this economy. It is not "a good thing" and all the "drunks" will just go to other places on glenwood or downtown. It is always sad to see landmarks go, no matter what they are. Got it!

  • batcave Dec 26, 5:18 p.m.

    Its a bar for gosh sakes, not the sistine chaple. Actually maybe a good thing, less drunks to pollute our avenues where some try and remain sober while in public view. Got it!

    Just because you go in a bar doesn't mean you come out drunk.Thats like saying if you go into church you will come out a good christian, and we know that ain't always so. I have been to the Sistine, I prefer hibernia. Got it!

  • PeaceRH Dec 26, 4:31 p.m.

    I hope they rebuild!

  • debnamdavis Dec 26, 3:58 p.m.

    I have never been there but heard great things about it. I actually go to Dr. Patel who is a neighbor to the restaurant. He is an awesome physician and recently moved in that location so...I hope he didnt loose his office too. I hope they can recover and rebuild. I feel bad for anyone to lose anything that is so dear to their hearts.

  • ripetomatoes Dec 26, 3:55 p.m.

    Just move on to another kitchen, no need to criticize a former employer. Bartmeister

    Sounds like an experienced response...

  • Bartmeister Dec 26, 3:08 p.m.

    This is what happens when you cheap out on kitchen staff. waziegler

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    Just move on to another kitchen, no need to criticize a former employer...........

  • MindBomb Dec 26, 2:44 p.m.

    Such kind and comforting words you offer in the wake of theirmisfortune, Waziegler. Wonderful that you could provide your expert opinion. Is it based on facts or your educated guess?

  • westernwake1 Dec 26, 2:11 p.m.

    What a shame.... Hibernian is a Raleigh entertainment landmark.

  • Hammerhead Dec 26, 1:58 p.m.

    What a bummer, I've been a patron of Jerry and Niall's estalishments since they opened the James Joyce in Durham. They'll move past this and be as successful as ever. Glad no one was hurt.

  • FourAutumn Dec 26, 1:51 p.m.

    On N&O, owner says it is gone, burned to the ground.

    So sad.

  • Bartmeister Dec 26, 1:37 p.m.

    Ugh. Best Rueben's and Car Bombs in town.

  • heelsgirl05 Dec 26, 1:09 p.m.

    I have never been to the hibernian pub, but I am glad that other places did not catch fire too!

  • takeabathgreg Dec 26, 1:09 p.m.

    Beer down. BEER DOWN!!! Hopefully some of it was able to be rescued and enjoyed by the firemen.

  • Zorg Dec 26, 1:05 p.m.

    Shame - it was a nice place and lots of good memories of it. It's a fitting way to go, though - burned to the ground in the pouring rain.

  • roberts7 Dec 26, 12:45 p.m.

    I always am thankful to our firemen and police in times like this. When we run away from danger, they run to it to help everyone out. Such bravery and commitment should always be recognized!

  • CrazyFoxofCary Dec 26, 12:39 p.m.

    Glad no one was injured. Sad to see it catch fire. Whenever we were downtown, the place was packed and everyone having a good time. Hope they can rebuild there, Glenwood Ave won't be the same without it.

  • Cahulawassee Dec 26, 12:29 p.m.

    Stay classy, Riddickfield.

  • Dido Dec 26, 12:24 p.m.

    There is another Hibernian pub in Cary on Kildare Farm Road. In addition, another new one is scheduled to open in Raleigh in a few weeks off Falls of the Neuse Rd. Glad to hear no one was hurt.

  • emdarnell Dec 26, 11:54 a.m.

    I'm so sorry. I loved that place. I'm sure it will be even better afyer they rebuild.

  • Reformed Liberal Dec 26, 11:36 a.m.

    This is so sad. My wife and I were planning on going there this weekend for the first time :(

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