“The Goose’s Acre” was a small triangular green park at the junction of the northern approach roads to the Main Street of Midleton, County Cork. Landscaped with a variety of flowerbeds, shrubs and trees, the “acre” formed an attractive amenity feature that was much admired by visitors to the town. Here also was located the town’s horse-trough and weighbridge, both necessities in times past. For over a century it was a landmark of which the townspeople were very proud. It was an important focal location for local ceremonies. In the centre of the plot stood a flagpole where on special occasions the National Flag was flown. Once a year, from 1920 to 1978 this special little area became hallowed ground, it being the location for the Benediction Service during the annual Corpus Christi Possession.
It is believed the name “The Goose’s Acre” derived from the fact that in former times a local resident, Kate Barr, grazed her gaggle of geese there daily. And when farmers brought their goods to market, this is the area in which the geese were kept. Now all that remains of “The Goose’s Acre” is the portion on which is sited the monument of the War of Independence and the recently erected ogham stone commemorating the United Irishman John Walsh, “The Blacksmith of Ballyannon”.
The late Ray Lawton was wont to recite this vers’ when lamenting the removal of “The Goose’s Acre” in 1978, to make way for the roundabout.
They Shot the Felon
Who Stole the Goose
From Out the Acre,
But Let the Greater
Who Stole the Acre
From the Goose
The Goose’s Acre Irish Pub stood on Main Street, Midleton, County Cork, immediately in front of “The Goose’s Acre.” The pub has been handed down from father to son through the years. In 2005, the pub was forced to close to make way for new development.
While back in Ireland visiting relations, Brian Young and Colm O’Neill proposed purchasing the contents of the pub, to include both bars, from the previous owner who was distraught over the pending loss of the pub’s history and heritage. Although it meant shipping the pub across the Atlantic Ocean, the previous owner was ecstatic that The Goose’s Acre Irish Pub would continue its traditions of bygone times.
Brian Young and Colm O’Neill made the decision to bring this authentic pub to The Woodlands to share the romance and history of years past. We welcome you to pull up a chair and enjoy the experience of The Woodlands Only Authentic European Pub.