Daniel O’Connell’s Irish Restaurant & Bar
“a cornerstone of Hospitality & Culinary delights”
Born in Ireland, raised in Old Town, shipped 4527 miles & 400 years young and called after Ireland’s great patriot Daniel O’Connell “The Liberator”, sink into our comfortable surroundings in our truly unique atmosphere. View our mesmerizing array of Irish historical antiques. Stroll through four ancient Irish Bars with blazing fires. Enjoy warm friendly Irish staff & meet the lovely people of Old Town. On balconies, in snug corners, nooks &, and crannies, every corner has a story to tell. All this, while tasting the bold, exciting culinary delights that have emerged from modern Ireland.
– GREAT FOOD, FINE DRINKS, GOOD TIMES & OLD FRIENDS –
“We see King Street as a unique place in many, many ways. It has a unique historical past and a pace of life. Although part of the most important and dynamic metro areas in god’s green earth, this is where the north meets the south, the pace of life here is a breath of fresh air, a solace and a comfort to all. Its beautiful colonial streets and its beautiful courteous people create an atmosphere that makes King Street special; what it is today. We could not think of a better place to create an Antique Irish restaurant incorporating a modern fusion of Irish cuisine and all that’s best about Irish Culture. And when we called it after the great liberator himself Daniel O’Connell, well it was an ideal fit. We are proud to say that, at the end of King Street, O’Connell’s is now “part of the furniture”.
“From Ireland to here took four hundred years”
Our magnificent building with all its beautiful Irish antiques are jointly owned by Irish-born entrepreneurs John Brennan & Billy O’Sullivan. Both from the opposite side of the banks of the picturesque meandering River Suir that divides the historic counties of Waterford and Kilkenny. John being a native Mooncoin man from an area steeped in the Kilkenny tradition and Billy a Ballygunner man & Waterford Hurler from Ireland’s oldest historical city. Both great friends went their own separate ways when in the 80’s John went walkabout in the Aussie Outback welding and laying gas lines his game eventually returning to his home sod where he became a successful pub owner. While Billy went building and designing hundreds of Irish bars all-round the world, his first 30 in France without having a French note in his head. If someone told them back then they would end up owning an Irish restaurant in King Street Alexandria their first reaction would have been a bemused “Where? And what street?” However from the first time they stepped onto Old Town’s historic street they knew they had stumbled on something truly special and a home away from home.
As Billy says “O’Connell’s is without question one of the most unique antique Irish bars anywhere in the world. An ancient Irish setting run as a modern Irish bar. Just walk in our door, this is Dublin, this is Waterford, this is Kilkenny or Galway, this is Ireland right in the heart of King Street.
The building itself was built in the 1800’s by Col. Fitzgerald from Co. Wicklow. In the 1970’s a restaurant called Bullfeathers Bar opened at the back section of the building and the front a quaint hat shop called Hats in the Belfry. Until one day Billy and John walked by and had a vision. They purchased both sections in June 2004. “It was a challenging building from the start with its many twists and turns, but sometimes these obstacles guide you in a direction that allows you create a beautiful eclectic feel and with the vast array of antiques we had in storage, O’Connell’s became a labor of love and captivated everybody who worked on the project. Shipping everything from Waterford in November of that year, we emptied out the countless precious antiques that were held in storage for over twenty years for that one special project we believed would inevitably come our way. A major construction job ensued to bring the building up to code. While back in Waterford, Ireland, the antiques were painstakingly cleaned and restored with the first container eventually arriving in the first week in November 2004. 14 Master carpenters, 2 master stonemasons and 2 antique tillers, 2 specialist painters, then 3 months later O’Connell’s was born to the magnificent restaurant we appreciate today.