The Bleeding Horse is a historically significant public house located in
Upper Camden Street, Dublin, Ireland. It dates at least back to the 17th
century, and was located on St. Kevin's Port (now Camden St.) at the
junction of two important highways leading out of the city.
On one side was Charlotte St., leading to Ranelagh and Donnybrook; on
the other side was Old Camden St., which joined Richmond St. and led to
Rathmines and Cullenswood. Both of these old streets disappeared
during the renovations in the 1990s. The present building dates from
1871; the interior was renovated in 1992.
There are (at least) two explanations for the name. One is that when a
horse got the "staggers" it was bled by a farrier at the inn. Another is that
the name of the pub comes from an incident during the Battle of
Rathmines in 1649, when a wounded horse fled from the battle.
The Bleeding Horse has been mentioned in several classic novels, most
notably the Cock and Anchor (1845) by Sheridan Le Fanu and Ulysses by
James Joyce. Literary patrons included James Clarence Mangan and
Oliver St. John Gogarty.
For several years during the 1960s the name of the pub was changed to
"The Falcon", but the original name was replaced in the 1970s.