Put me down in highly un-surprised column.
[But Sean’s Bar in Athlone isn’t just the oldest pub in Ireland. According to the lads at the Guinness Book of World Records, it’s the oldest pub in Europe. Excavations beneath the current pub have revealed wattle and daub walls, bits of crockery (mugs and the like) and self-minted coins the bar would use for trade with clients dating back to 900 A.D.]
Pictorial essay: http://www.irishcentral.com/travel/Irelands-oldest-pubs-117233438.html