Bedecked with window boxes and hanging baskets, this picturesque thatched house in the village centre houses the Sheelin Lace Shop and Museum, the latter displaying probably the most comprehensive collection of Irish lace anywhere in Ireland or beyond.
It has been in the Cathcart family for three generations and, following a period as a tea shop, it is now run by George Cathcart as a craft brewery (The Sheelin Brewery) and café (The Sheelin Kitchen).
At The Sheelin Brewery George, who is a pharmaceutical chemist by profession, brings together the art and science of brewing and relishes employing age-old brewing methods to craft artisan Irish beer of the highest quality.
The flagship brew, Sheelin Blonde Ale, is 'a hand crafted Irish Blonde Ale with a pale colour, a smooth clean taste, and a crisp refreshing hop flavour'. It has gone down very well with experts, including Johnny Donnelly (at Blakes of the Hollow), and tours of the brewery are available by arrangement.
Alongside the brewery, George and his wife Victoria serve delicious homemade foods in The Sheelin Kitchen. The setting is really pretty and the food - 'traditional Irish favourites, with a cosmopolitan twist' - is lovely: nice salads, good home-made breads, scones, soup, and really good cakes. Great coffee too.
Homemade bread rolls filled with hot, slow cooked meats are a speciality and everything is made from scratch on the premises, using seasonal ingredients, local wherever possible.
It’s just the kind of place that visitors hope to find when out and about; with the Lace Museum in the same premises, it makes an interesting destination for an outing – and is very popular with the lucky locals too.