PODCAST: The attraction of Irish pubs in Quebec

PODCAST: The attraction of Irish pubs in Quebec

This is a recording of an article on a popular Irish pub in Quebec, Canada.

The article, written by Héloïse Leclerc, is narrated here by Rosanna Haroutounian.
It first appeared in the March 2014 issue of Life in Québec Magazine.

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By Heloise Leclerc

While he was still employed by the Guinness Company at the beginning of the 90’s, Pub Galway’s owner Yves Ledoux admits he was swept off his feet by the Celtic Tiger, the Irish wave that washed over the World. “These were the times of Lord of the Dance and U2. Guinness enthusiastically promoted the concept of “Irish pubs” and I was very much attracted by it.”

When he travelled to Ireland in 1996, Yves Ledoux came face to face with the local culture, which made an impact on him because of its hospitality and flamboyant joie de vivre. The next year, he acquired Café Java Java on Cartier and started celebrating St-Patrick’s day every year, like many other bars in town.

All the efforts deployed to create an immersive concept, matching Ireland’s reputation for hospitality and conviviality, seem to have borne fruit. Yves Ledoux tells us “A couple of weeks ago, a lady who was from Galway but currently living in Chicago, journeyed to Québec. She instinctively looked for an Irish pub to celebrate the holidays and paid us a visit. When she walked in, she started tearing up. She said she felt at home. It came from the bottom of her heart.”

In the spirit of tradition, green beer will flow until late Monday night. “Cheers!” or “Slainte Mhaith!” to all, as the Irish like to say.

Read the original article in full Pub Galway – an Irish oasis in Quebec


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About Author

Rosanna Haroutounian

Rosanna Haroutounian was raised in Mississauga, Ontario, and studied journalism and political science at Carleton University. She currently works as an English assistant at a college in Quebec City. She enjoys reading, baking, being outdoors, and travelling the world when time and finances allow.

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