- Why Sally O'Rourke;s
Sally O'Rourke originally from Leitrim, ran an old Irish bar in the early 1900's. She was an Irish lady with dark eyes whose husband was lost in the great war. Some suspected she was a descendant from a Spanish sailor whose vessel was washed ashore in the 16th century as the Spanish Armada sailed home. She was always sitting at the bar talking with locals while her two sons ran the bar and her only daughter waited the tables. The bar was always full of Irish men and women drinking Guinness happy to pick up one of the many instruments lying around and string together an old folk song.
Sally O'Rourke was a family women and a valued member of the community. Sally Rourke (owner the bar) was born in Dun Laoghaire in the 1960's. The family surname lost the 'O' a few generations ago. She has created this bar to pay homage to the great Sally O'Rourke whom she and now the bar was named after.
The Kingdom of West Breifne (Irish Breifne Ua Ruairc) or Breifne O'Rourke was an historic kingdom of Ireland that existed from 1256 to 1605, located in the area that is now County Leitrim. In the winter of 1588 when the Spanish Armada ran aground on Irish Shores it was under the control of chieftain Brian O'Rourke (who Sally O'Rourke was thought to have descended from). Brian O'Rourke was sympathetic to the Spaniards and sheltered them despite the English Lord Deputy of Ireland (Fitzwilliam) issuing a proclamation whereby harbouring castaways was punishable by death. Brian O'Rourke assisted at least eighty survivors of the Spanish Armada including Francisco de Cuellar to depart the country and also kept others on as soldiers. It comes of no surprise that many Irish today have brown eyes (as Sally O'Rourke did) possibly due to the integration of the Spanish into Ireland in the 16th Century thanks to Brian O'Rourke. It makes sense therefore to have some Spanish items on the menu.