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When you turn the corner from Haggard St onto High St in Trim, the name of a man will strike you. James Griffin. Embellished above the door of the James Griffin Pub.
For generations, James Griffin himself and our Public House on High St has quenched the thirst of many a dry mouth. Not only was a hand steadied with a fine malt in the James Griffin Pub but a pint of milk, a loaf of bread or a lb of sugar which may have been forgotten were traded in the days long before the era of the 24 hour store.
The doors of the James Griffin first opened in 1904 and remain open on a daily basis today. Beyond the exterior and in a bar that has proudly kept its traditional features is an untold history that many locals are not fully aware of.
James Griffin was elected to Dail Eireann, to serve as a member of the Irish Government in 1957 unseating Jimmy Tully in the process. His time in politics was sadly very short lived as he died at the 57 on March the 3rd, 1959 while addressing a a meeting in Navan. However, despite his shortened political career, James Griffin’s contribution to the town of Trim, even before entering public life was immense.
James was elected to Trim Urban District Council in 1942, but prior to this he had spearheaded the industrial drive in Trim and was responsible for the the arrival of the Torc factory in 1937. It was a much needed provider of employment in the town. Would he rest at that? Not a chance. the opening of Torc was soon followed by the opening of Trim Fabrics (Trimproof) and Spicers Ltd. Trim was beginning to establish itself as a major centre of employment and opportunity. James was a Director of all these companies.
To say that James Griffin was a man of vision is probably an understatement, but his interests were not confined to business. He was a hurler of note and a member of the first Meath team to bring an All-Ireland title to the county when they won the Junior hurling crown in 1927 and he did much to foster juvenile hurling and football in Trim.
James Griffin is not just a name above the door of the bar we are proud to keep open today. He is a man who was at the heart of our community when Ireland needed strong characters to battle its way through very tough times.