From Ireland to Tomkins Cove, NY
Born in the small town of Clara in the County Offaly, Danny Sheeran set off from Ireland in 1972 leaving his mother, father, three brothers, and two sisters, looking for opportunity in the United States. Arriving off the plane armed only with two suitcases and the money in his pocket Danny quickly settled into Bedford Park section of the Bronx. From the help of family and friends over the coming years he worked many jobs as a custodian, carpenter, elevator mechanic, and bartender. Working often long hard hours Danny often dreamed of owning a pub that represented a snapshot of the fun loving atmosphere of the pubs back home in Clara.
During his time in Bronx, Danny eventually met his “Galway Girl” Anne Ridge, a young woman from Connemara who also had dreams upon coming to the United States. In September of 1981 the two were married and set out for a life together. It was not long before they introduced two children into the world, their son Daniel and daughter Jennifer.
Now with a family to provide for Danny realized it was time to make his dream a reality. This dream was realized in March of 1984 when he took over The Wolftone and re-opened it as the Mountain Dew Tavern. Over the next eight years patrons at the corner of Bedford Park Boulevard and Jerome Avenue frequented this establishment for the live music, cold drinks, and the energy of a thriving, local Irish community.
In 1991 Danny and Anne welcomed their second daughter into the world, Ann. Now having a family of three, Danny realized he wanted to take the enthusiasm and energy of the Mountain Dew and move it a bit closer to home. So as he closed the doors of the Mountain Dew, he opened the first incarnation of Sheeran‘s Restaurant and Pub in December of 1992. For over the better part of the next decade, Sheeran’s served the community of Pearl River, NY as a family establishment where local residents could enjoy a hearty meal, cold drink, and an atmosphere reminiscent of the pubs back in Clara. Through those years family members were always prevalent within the staff and were major contributors to the success in Pearl River.
In 2005, Danny and Anne thought it was time to end their run and sold the business in Pearl River. However, it was not long until the spark was relit to open another establishment with the same Celtic atmosphere that they had worked to establish for over 20 years with the Mountain Dew and Sheeran’s. In April of 2007 Danny and Anne re-made the old Lynch’s into that vision and opened the second incarnation of Sheeran’s Restaurant and Pub in Tomkin’s Cove, NY. Today Sheeran’s brings the same energy with authentic Irish cuisine, live music, and cold pints.
Danny and Anne still welcome all their customers with open arms and smiles just as they did nearly 30 years ago in the Bronx. They would like to thank all their family, friends, and customers (old and new) for your continued support, patronage, and memories over the past three decades in making their business a success.
Whether you are looking for a hot dish of shepherd’s pie, a cold pint of Guinness, or just to see “what’s the craic?”, Danny and Anne welcome you to Sheeran’s Restaurant and Pub.
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