Reads-Cutlers -est-1670

Ireland’s oldest shop... a unique Irish family History!

Reads Cutlers on Parliament Street is the home of Ireland’s oldest shop and one of Europe’s oldest brands with a unique Irish family history.

Prepare yourself for a step back in time!

In 1690 the WILLIAM READ, tenant-farmer from Oughterard near Ardclough and Grand Parent of one Arthur Guinness, supplemented their income having bought a license to brew and sell ale to King James forces. WILLIAM READ would not have sold someone else’s ale but would have brewed it themselves, as many households did, as it was safer to drink than water. This is also the first written proof of any link to beer in the Guinness family.


The Read family  then acquired a cutlers in 1719 which had traded in Dublin since the 1670’s and continued to trade until 1999 being handed down to various family members during that time.

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