Co. Cavan native Connie O’Reilly has been honoured with the Patrick J. Donaghy Award at the annual Annie Moore Awards in New York.
The Annie Moore Awards are presented to individuals who have made significant contributions to the Irish and Irish American community. Each year, three people are honoured.
O’Reilly is known for representing and supporting the Irish diaspora at home and abroad, employing many immigrants and being responsible for their first start in America. He is MD of O'Reilly's Pubs New York and Crover House Hotel.
Hospitality Sector History
O’Reilly’s emigrated to the US at the age of 18 and in 1973, aged 22, he opened his first bar, O’Reilly’s on 31st Street and Broadway, New York. He then went on to open five more establishments: O’Reilly’s on 35th & 5th, Niles NYC, Brendan’s Bar and Grill, Greybar and Restaurant along with Finn McCool’s in Port Washington.
Additionally, O'Reilly purchased Crover House of Co. Cavan in 1992, which he now considers to be jewel in the crown of his portfolio. Crover House Hotel is now about to begin the second stage of an expansion process that will involve an extension featuring more bedrooms.
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