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An iconic Boston Irish pub closes after 137 years. Residents fear for the city's soul


Added 11-17-19 11:04:03am EST - “The closing of 137-year-old Irish pub Doyle's Caf” - News.yahoo.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From News.yahoo.com: “An iconic Boston Irish pub closes after 137 years. Residents fear for the city's soul”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A young boy stopped by the old Irish pub in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood after his music lesson. His dad gave him the go-ahead to start playing. 

Patrons from the bar's three main rooms soon converged, and for 10 minutes, they listened, pints in hand, to a concert from the youngest person in the tavern.

"The crowd erupted," said Tom McAuliffe, one of the customers that night more than a decade ago. "And then everybody went back."

While the made-for-movies Boston tableau was not an everyday occurrence at Doyle's — a go-to spot for local politicians with hundreds of vintage photographs and other artifacts adorning the walls — it captured what made the place special. 

For nearly 140 years, spanning three centuries, Doyle's Cafe held down the corner at Washington and Williams streets — a true neighborhood bar. But longevity couldn't save the onetime rough joint turned community gathering place from the pressures of a red-hot real estate market and climbing operating costs.

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