History



     


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 menu.

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 kitchen. 
 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 doors. 

In 2004, all new restaurant equipment was purchased for the kitchen and air conditioning was added to the dining room. 
 The renovations that Doug and Penny have made to Flanaganís has made it possible for Penny to add a dinner and childrenís
 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 feel.

In  2009, High tops tables and booths where built and installed, along with new Bar stools to complete the Dining Areas.

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 and future

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 Ireland. 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 795AD. 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 Great Famine 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 and the Famine Commemoration Centre in Skibbereen.

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.

Irish Pubs - A Brief History

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 always young.

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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