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The Irish Heather  210 Carrall Street, Vancouver | Gastown 604.688.9779

Earlier today, 3 former managers of Benny’s Bagels got together to recall stories and say goodbye to an institution. Mike Thompson, Seán Heather, Steve Brisson. It was my first job when I arrived from Ireland almost 28 years ago... the 4 great years that I spent there were instrumental in helping me assimilate into Vancouver society......smooth out those rough Irish edges 😇 The friendships that I made all those years ago have endured. Hard to believe that Benny’s is gone! A part will live on forever in my heart...

Singing our hearts out at the Irish Heather Staff party....day after St.Patricks Day ...exhaustion etched on our faces!!!!

HAPPY SAINT PATRICK'S DAY This is our 22nd celebration of Ireland’s patron saint, since opening The Irish Heather on March 14, 1997. Over the years we’ve had some crazy, out of control St. Patrick’s Days, packed to the rafters with locals and whomever famous happened to be in town. From U2 to Sean Penn and everybody in-between, being one of the only truly Irish places in town, means high demand….A distinct lack of green beer helps too!!March 17th in Ireland is not the same as the event that it has become worldwide. It can best be likened to North America’s Thanksgiving, with the day being given over to church going and large family dinners. It wasn’t until the early 70’s that pubs in Ireland were allowed to open on St. Patrick’s Day.Abroad, our minds naturally wander to Ireland and to our friends/family that we cannot be with. In an effort to stave off homesickness, we gravitate towards Irish bars..a home away from home for most of us. In my youth, I fended off loneliness on many a Saint Patrick’s Day in cities like Budapest, Cairo, Amsterdam, London and New York.I hope that The Heather delivers that same comfort to you.

This is what yesterday’s driving in the snow was all about - after a 2 week cure, these brisket beauties come steaming out of the oven after 5 hours...

Braving the elements to make corned beef at our space in Cultus Lake

6:30am - calm before the storm!!! The Heather kids about to break loose....

When your best pals from home send you a holiday care package, and it arrives just in time....holy mother load!!!

Breakfast, lunch and dinner on a recent Seattle trip...always a delight.

Saoirse Heather, at 7 years, she’s the 2nd youngest of the 5 Heather kids. Sassy, mouthy, opinionated and loving...she’s a 3 outfit a day kinda gal!!!

This happened last night, in Dublin! Big shout out to all our supporters and my team for making it happen - humbled to share awards with my idols @deadrabbitnyc

Quick visit to Vegas - hanging at the oldest saloon in Nevada

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