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
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 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.