Cead Mile Failte
"One Hundred Thousand Welcomes"
Paul and Kathy Galvin opened Galvin’s Public House on October 29, 2000 recreating the feel of a traditional Irish Pub. They come from families steeped in Irish tradition and bar proprietorship. Paul hails from a family of bar owners in County Tipperary and while Kathy grew up on Chicago’s north side, her family maintains their home in County Donegal. The bar’s black and yellow exterior colors were copied from the Galvin’s Pub owned by Paul’s uncle Aiden Galvin in County Clare. Adding to the familial tradition of the Irish pub, the fireplace was built by Kathy’s uncle who is a master stone mason. The smaller stones set into the fireplace are from Kathy’s parent’s home in Ireland.
Galvin’s public house is decorated with treasures that represent Irish culture—arts, sports, religion, family, politics and history. The County Kerry countryside was searched high and low for each item in the bar. Look closely around the pub to find famous writers, hurling sticks, the traditional kitchen dresser and the tools of an Irish coffin maker. Irish coins have been placed in the dyed green concrete apron that surrounds the bar.
Children are encouraged to find the Irish and American pennies circa 2000. Any child locating the American penny wins a bag of Irish potato chips!
Don’t forget to check out our private party room that can accommodate up to 40 people, and be sure to ask for our catering menu.
We hope you enjoy your visit with us and try some of our favorite specials which we serve daily.