Dundalk man Gerry Kieran entertained hundreds of people that came to his Irish pub in South Carolina for St Patrick’s Day festivities.
A native of the Carrick Road, Gerry moved to the US nineteen years ago and was celebrating receiving his American citizenship
“Ceol agus Craic” was had by all at Gerry’s traditional pub in Charleston, South Carolina.
In a newsletter he publishes to the pubs social club, The Seanachai, he recalled “I drove to anywhere my car would take me.
“It was hard to find a pub in Charleston like the one back home. I didn’t have a business plan. I just wanted a cosy pub.”
The barman also runs a stall at the local farmers market.
Although Irish pubs are a favourite amongst American citizens, Gerry’s pub is not your modern day pub.
“There was no television in the pub,” said Gerry, “We have chess clubs and book clubs who meet here in the pub and have a few pints.
“It’s a really sociable place,” Gerry added.
The Kieran family is well known in the local community, with Gerry’s family owning the Bungalow Shop close to the railway station.
The bubbly character credits his partner for encouraging him to apply for US citizenship.