Shaun Clancy grew up in the hospitality industry. His family ran the Derragarra Inn, bar/restaurant that won over 30 national awards in Butlersbridge, Co. Cavan. His dad, John, worked at New York’s legendary Toots Shor’s, which attracted celebrities, politicians, law officials, mobsters and average folks. “Toots Shor’s was a place where everyone felt at home. That’s the atmosphere we strive to build here,” Shaun says. Although Ireland has little baseball heritage on its own soil, Shaun came to learn and love the game while working as a bartender in the early 1990s. He found that baseball was a topic he could discuss with New Yorkers, as well as visitors from across the U.S. When he had to opportunity to run his own establishment in 2003, Shaun decided to open an “Irish Bar with a Baseball Attitude.” It’s a place where customers get old fashioned Irish along with satellite transmissions of all MLB games, and the best memorabilia collection in New York City. Shaun named his pub Foley's in honor of Red Foley, the legendary sports writer and long-
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