Our story starts with John Magilligan, a hard-working builder from Dungiven, Ireland. John’s commitment to his work established him as one of the best-known tradesmen in the county and earned him the nickname, “Honest John”.
In the wake of the Great Famine in Ireland, John’s family made the dangerous cross-Atlantic voyage. John went on to marry and have 4 children, 3 of which were sons.
Despite desperate times, the family flourished thanks to John’s solid work ethic and all of his sons went on to become doctors.
Dr. Francis Magilligan, one of John's sons, married the beautiful Anna (we salute her with a drink named in her honour) and the ambitious young couple settled happily in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where they raised their 8 children.
Two full generations later, their great, great-granddaughter, Maureen Magilligan, married Fred Cade who, along with his brother Len and his wife Elizabeth, own the thriving Niagara location where Doc Magilligan’s Pub now sits.
As the story is told our good Doctor was always the life of the party and was as comfortable enjoying a round as he was making them.
It’s fitting, then, that this pub was built completely in Ireland and serves to celebrate the very spirit of the man himself through an inexhaustible outpouring of good cheer, great company, and fantastic food and drink.