Jack White’s Inn, Co. Wicklow

Jack White’s Inn, Co. Wicklow

After spending fab time at stunning Brittas Bay Beach, we were looking for some nice place for dinner and we found this interesting restaurant called Jack White’s Inn.

Jack White’s Inn is a pub and restaurant in Ballinapark Brittas Bay, County Wicklow. It is located at famous junction 19 on N11 road, in a zone where the Irish smuggler and pirate Jack White used to operate, in the coast denominated Jack Moloney’s Hole.

Jack White’s Inn has very interesting and criminal history.

The pub’s name is a reference to Jack White, an Irish pirate that lived at the turn of the 18th century, reputed to be a first class smuggler. Jack White arranged shipment of Wicklow wool to be sent abroad to France in exchange for brandy, wine and French luxury goods. He operated in a place so called ‘Jack’s Hole’, where now Jack White’s Inn is located, in Brittas Bay. After a falling out occurred over a particularly rich cargo of clandestine goods, Jack White was tried by some of his regular clients -high class gentlemen- and sentenced to death. There is a reputed copy of an arrest warrant on the wall of Jack White’s Inn.

In 1996, Jack White’s Inn was the scene of one of the most famous Irish murders. On 16 March of that year Tom Nevin, co-owner of the pub, was shot dead while counting the takings of the Bank Holiday Weekend. In a supposed botched robbery attempt, he was killed by a single shotgun blast. Catherine Nevin, Tom Nevin’s wife and also owner of the pub, was suspected of having hired three men to murder her husband. She was tried by a jury of six men and six women, and found guilty on 11 April 2000, after five days of deliberation, “a record in Irish legal history”. She was convicted for the murder and for soliciting three men (William McClean, Gerry Heapes and John Jones) to contract kill her husband. She maintained her innocence and had appealed on several occasions, without succeeding.

The restaurant and pub remained closed for some time before the murder of Tom Nevin. In January 1998, Catherine Nevin sold the pub. In 2003, Tadhg and Clare Kennedy -the current owners- purchased the property and recovered the pub’s attendance.

Source: Wikipedia

Today Jack White’s Inn is a traditional restaurant which serve hearty food in the traditional Irish way, in a warm, comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Open: Monday to Saturday 10am – 9pm. Sunday 12pm to 8.30pm. Large carpark is free for customers.

The day we were there, outside was the ‘Jack in A Box’ take-away food truck with hot drinks and snacks like pies, ciabatta, flatbreads, sandwiches and quiches, burgers and fresh fish and chips. We were enjoyed our fish and chips in outdoor seating area.

For more information visit: jackwhites.com

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Below my photos taken in September 2021.


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