More than a name...

The Church Bar takes its name from the building's two uses during the Irish Defence Forces time on the Estate. Though its use has changed its central role in our community has not, remaining a home for the stories of the army times, tales from long before and those much more recent - all told a little differently depending on the teller but always worth letting time stand still to enjoy!

A Spirit of place

A personal membership card for a military club

Long before you take your seat at the bar (which itself served as the Officer's bar in Rockhill House) and notice the regimental armorials embossed on the mirrors behind our selection of local Irish gins and whiskeys you will pass numerous markers of our proud community history.

Along the avenue are tree's engraved by those who served over the 70 years the Armed Forces called Rockhill House and Estate home. 

The two carved stone dogs that greet you (and have a story of their own to tell) are in honour of all of the loyal companions over the years  - as many 5 at times. Today there is just one, our resident Irish Wolfhound, Liath.

Over the carpark hedge is the old helipad and two metal munition stores sitting on the remnants of trees the "boys" would shelter under with a sneaky cigarette when the "aul boy" wasn't looking.

As you get to know our regular locals over a pint of Guinness or a signature cocktail or mocktail next to our hearty wood burning stove, you might notice the blue-green tones in our shimmering wallpaper, a subtle nod to the Irish Armed Forces role in United Nations Peacekeeping missions since 1958 and the blue helmets worn with pride.

Behind the bar at The Church Restaurant, Bar and Café, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Ireland