Once upon a time, two lads with a shared love of good cheer, fine drinks, tasty food, & Irish music met up & formed a partnership to open a new Irish Pub in the lovely city of Freiburg, Germany. Thusly, on St. Patrick's Day in 2017, Seán Rooney & Jacob Wiest created McNamara's Irish Pub...
Seán Rooney hails from Achill Island in county Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. A culinary artist, Irish culture expert, whisky pro, & cicerone of sorts, Rooney's focus on providing Freiburgers a high-quality Irish experience is embodied at McNamara's. Rooney has worked extensively in restaurants, pubs, & hotels, & also for the National Food Board of Ireland.
The name of our Pub comes from Rooney's mother, Mary Catherine McNamara. McNamara skilfully cooked various types of Irish food for her children. Along with Seán, his sisters Maeve & Áine Rooney also gained a talent a for great Irish cooking & have lent a hand in the kitchen team of Freiburg's newest Irish Pub.
Seán's father, John Dwyer Rooney, is a musician/singer who became famous performing Irish ballads under the moniker "The Liffey Man," named after the river that runs through Dublin City. John Rooney is also an actor, sports coach/referee, & computer instructor. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree: Seán also developed skills with machinery, an interest in football, rugby & other sports, and somewhat of a theatrical personality (even for an Irishman).
Seán Rooney is pleased to share his passion, his culture, & his love of pub life with Freiburg.
Jacob Wiest is from the USA & has both Irish & German heritage. He fell in love with Irish pub culture during a semester abroad at Trinity College Dublin, where he explored pubs frequented by some of his favourite literary figures like W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, Oscar Wilde, & James Joyce. There he also established a lifelong love of Irish history & Celtic mythology. As a musician/actor in Portland, Oregon, Jacob formed a rock n' roll band called Garden Goat that combined elements of Irish folk music & science fiction/fantasy themes, becoming the world's first "Sci-Firish" rock act.
On the Irish side, Jacob's grandfather George Fitzroy emigrated to the US from the Emerald Isle in 1922 from Wicklow-by-the-sea, where he was an avid gardener & craftsman. Jacob remembers well his Irish humour & has adopted his habit of "speaking to the fairies."
Traceable back to Austria in the 1300s, the German side of Jacob's family were once scribes for the Holy Roman Empire. One of his ancestors attended the University of Freiburg in 1487. They emigrated to the US from Rhineland-Pflaz in the 1750s. A distant branch still lives there today as winemakers in the village of Dierbach.
Jacob is very happy to keep his promise to the fairies to share the love of Irish culture with others, & finds no more appropriate place to do so than in the Black Forest region.
Rooney & Wiest are delighted to share with you the passion, joy, craft, & humour of Irish culture in this International city that they have come to love.
You can easily find us. We are situated within 10m walk of the number 5 tram stop "Rennweg", on the corner of Rennweg and Waldkircher Strasse.
Waldkircher Strasse 1, 79106 Freiburg, Germany