In 1952, Jim and Georgia Flanagan bought Wilsonís Restaurant
and opened Flanaganís Bar. Georgia,
continuing on after Jim passed away, ran Flanaganís
until 1984. Their menu consisted of Deli Sandwiches.
In 1984, Dave and Catherine Brown purchased and ran
Flanaganís Bar until they sold it in 1986.
In 1986, Skip Speziali purchased Flanaganís Bar from the
Brownís and ran it until 1997.
Skip added Wings, Pizza and Burgers to Flanaganís
In 1997, Doug King and Penny Edenfield purchased Flanaganís,
which is known today as
Flanaganís Pub and Grill. That year, Doug and
his crew started with the first of several
renovations. They began by remodeling the front
exterior of the building, removing the
original porch and rebuilding the entrance. That
same year they demolished the antiquated small
They added a new kitchen on the side of the building.
During this time Flanaganís started adding hot sandwiches
and appetizers to the menu.
In January 2002, Doug, a lot of locals and customers began
the major renovations of the
bar and dining area. The dining room was
refinished with local cedar ceiling beams and columns.
New interior pine boards were added. All of this
work allowed the old bar and pool table,
which was in the front portion of the building, to be
moved to the back. This improvement
allowed Penny to create more room for Family
Dining. A deck was also added to the rear of
the building for customers to enjoy entertaining out
In 2004, all new restaurant equipment was purchased for the
kitchen and air conditioning was added to the dining
The renovations that Doug and Penny have made to
Flanaganís has made it possible for Penny to add a dinner
menu while still keeping their famous hamburgers,
wings and pizzaís.
In 2007, totally renovated Ladies Room.
In 2008, Finished and additional new Kitchen equipment was
purchased and installed to complete the Kitchen.
Installed booths and tables(which Doug built), new
chairs in the Dining Room, which gave it a cozy, family
In 2009, High tops tables and booths where built and
installed, along with new Bar stools to complete the Dining
In 2010, the men finally got their new restroom. In
October, Penny decided that she know
longer liked the front exterior of the building. Doug
changed it again. It now has the Adirondack
feel both inside and out that they were looking for.
The Island History
With the history of Ireland dating back as far as 6000BC, the
past has truly paved the way for the islandís buoyant present
Did you know?
Ireland is thought to have been inhabited from around
6000BC by people of a mid-Stone Age culture. And
about 4,000 years later, tribes from Southern Europe arrived and
established a high Neolithic culture. The best-known Neolithic
sites in Ireland are the megalithic passage tombs of Newgrange
and Knowth in County Meath. Both were built around 3200BC,
making them older than Stonehenge in England, and the Pyramids
of Giza in Egypt.
Irelandís famous patron saint didnít actually come from
Saint Patrick was taken prisoner from his
family home in Britain by Irish raiders and was brought to
Ireland to work as a shepherd. After Patrick escaped back to
Britain, he had a vision from God telling him to return to
Ireland as a missionary. Now credited with introducing
Christianity to Ireland, relics of St Patrickís time here can be
seen all over Ireland. One of the best known is Croagh Patrick
in County Mayo,
where Patrick fasted for 40 days in 441AD. Today, pilgrims climb
the mountain every year on the last Sunday in July. Saint
Patrickís remains are believed to be buried in the grounds of
Downpatrick Cathedral, County Down.
The Vikings first launched their attack on Ireland in
And in 837AD, 60 Viking Dragon warships
appeared at the mouth of the River Liffey. Five years later,
Dublin was taken under force, but the Vikings were attacked by
the local Irish and fled. They returned 17 years later under
Olaf the White and made a permanent settlement at Dyflinn (later
to be Dublin). The Kingís Palace stood on the present Dublin
Castle site and part of the townís defenses can still be seen at
the Undercroft in Dublin Castle.
The latter half of the 19th century was a period of
tragedy in Irish history.
Ireland was struck by the
caused by a potato blight that struck crops over a four-year
period from 1845-49. Over a million of the population died from
starvation, with many more falling prey to diseases such as
typhus. Over two million people emigrated to countries including
the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, and
from 1848-1950 over six million Irish fled the land. Now the
Irish diaspora is thought to contain over 80 million people
scattered all over the globe. To learn more about the famine
visit The Famine Museum
in Strokestown Estate, The Cobh Heritage Centre
Famine Commemoration Centre
- A Brief History
Modern Ireland now enjoys more immigration than
emigration. Thanks in large part to the boom of
the Celtic Tiger economy in the 1990s, the Ireland of the 21st
century is a vibrant, culturally rich and ethnically diverse
country with an entirely youthful and optimistic outlook Ė
over half the population is under 30, after all!
There are an estimated 80 million people who claim
Irish ancestry. Imagine tracing your ancestry and
discovering your family history! The Irish Genealogical
Project can help you find the answers to the questions you
have about your Irish roots. Take yourself on a journey of
discovery that may inspire you to visit the land of your
ancestors. The Irish Government now provides official
recognition of your Irish ancestry, through the Certificate of Irish Heritage.
The pub occupies a very special place in the culture and
history of Ireland. The Irish are famed for creating the
greatest pubs on the planet. In Irish pubs pint glasses are
always half full, the crack is always ninety, and the night is
Over centuries the Irish have perfected the best nights out and
the best celebrations where nights turn into weekends as the
beer flows. So it's no surprise that Irish pubs have sprung up
around the world. In ancient cities and on sunny holiday islands
there is always an Irish pub.
Pub is short for Public Houses where places that people could
enter which did not require private membership, thus while the
more affluent in society frequented Private Houses which did
require membership, the Irish Pub offered the working classes a
place of their own.
In more recent times the Irish Pub developed into a resemblance
of what we have today. Although banned in the early 19th Century
by British legislation, pubs naturally began to flourish as a
form of opposition. Not only did the local pub offer ale it also
provided essentials such as food and hardware items.
The Irish pub has always been considered as a place to find a
warm welcome, a place to listen to irish music, a central point
for the local community to gather and exchange stories and
indeed gossip. Throughout its history the Irish pub has faced
many challenges on all levels, increasingly in the present
climate, with the demise of the Celtic Tiger and the smoking
ban, but with around 13,000 pubs throughout the island of
Ireland and thousands more springing up throughout the world in
an attempt to recapture its authenticity, it may be able to
withstand the threat, and again flourish.
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