Late June on Nantucket Island has been abnormally cold and rainy, this year. We've been braving the damp weather, anyway, and going for long treks to the shore, where the ocean, dark and brooding, tries its best to swallow sections of land in greedy bites. Even the seagulls, normally fearless, veer away from the waves in this mood.
On a recent afternoon, after one such chilly expedition, we were well primed for a stick-to-your-ribs dinner to warm us from the inside out. This is just the kind of meal that Kitty Murtagh, which calls itself Nantucket's only Irish pub, is locally famous for serving all year round. Even in the warmest days of summer, nights on Nantucket can be cool enough to inspire appreciation for a hearty bowl of Irish beef stew.