The pub has a storied past mainly due to Mr. Maher's policy to only serve men. Despite several protests in the 1990’s, he refused to break his golden rule "that no woman was to be served at his counter".
The pub was bequeathed to Mr. Maher’s wife, Mary, who ran it in Tom's honour, continuing his rule to serve men only. Her nephews Bernard and Martin Kelly then inherited the pub and the ban on serving women was lifted.
Today, Thomas Maher has been taken over by Sarah Jane Hanton and Claire Lalvani. The new owners will run this “Waterford institution” as it is, with some small changes, the inclusion of music and doubling of the opening hours. They then intend to sensitively modernise the business and building in the near future.