"May you have food and raiment, A soft pillow for your head, May you be forty years in heaven Before the devil knows you're dead."
Ciaran Gallagher (Pronounced "Kirin")started tending bar when he was 15, and he didn't break any laws. That's because the owner of Gallagher's Pub and Grill in Long Beach was working for his father's retaurant in Derry, Northern Ireland. "In Ireland, when you're 15 or 16, you're able to bartend." Gallagher's grandmother was in the restaurant business, and his father owned Irish restaurants in Tenerife and Ibiza as well as Derry, so he's the third generation serving traditional Irish food all over the world.
His family moved to Walnut Creek, CA when he was 21 to escape from "The troubles" in Northern Ireland, and soon he was working at California restaurants of every kind, from El Torito to an English bar called the Fox and Firkin in Newport Beach (a firkin is a small keg of beer) to Nicole's Italian restaurant in Huntington Beach. The only kind of place he never worked in America was an Irish bar. That changed when Ciaran and his brother, Eugene, opened the original Gallagher's in downtown Huntington Beach, CA over 17 years ago. Eventually they opened a second place called Killarny's a few blocks away on Main Street in Huntington Beach.
In 2006 Ciaran sold his Orange County locations and opened up Gallagher's Pub and Grill Long Beach. Gallagher's Pub and Grill has remained in this location since it's doors first opened in 2006. Serving what some call "Gourmet Irish" quizine along side great live Irish music, trivia night and the very popular karaoke night. Stop in and you will be blessed to have been here. Al Rudis Press Telegram (2006)