The Tap Tavern in Kinsale, County Cork, Ireland. Photo ©2013 by Mark Gillespie.The classic Irish pub is becoming an endangered species, thanks to a combination of progress and the economy. There are some pubs that still cling to tradition, and the Tap Tavern in Kinsale, County Cork, is a classic example. The Tap’s been owned by four generations of the same family since 1886, and Mary O’Neill has been in charge since she inherited the pub from her aunt in 1974. We’ll meet Mary and her son Brian on this week’s WhiskyCast In-Depth. In the news, the whisky industry loses two legends, another potential bidder may enter the contest for Whyte & Mackay, and Whisky Advocate announces its annual year-end awards.

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