DOWNTOWN’S LOCAL SINCE 1968
In 1950, at the age of 25, our father, Frank Moran, arrived in Ellis Island, filled with hope and a willingness to work hard. He was on one of the last boats to sail from Ireland – The SS Washington. Determined to be successful, he took whatever work he could find – cleaning boats, odd jobs, a stint as an elevator operator in the Mayflower Hotel, and bartending in a cabaret club in Sunnyside, Queens. In between, he was drafted into the military and stationed at Fort Dix. After receiving an honorable discharge, he successfully applied for US citizenship.
NEVER BE AFRAID TO TAKE CHANCES
After meeting and marrying Kathleen, the love of his life, he was more determined than ever to succeed. They had 6 children together, and in 1962, he finally realized his dream and opened the Killarney Rose on Cortland Street in Manhattan.
After several successful years, progress intervened, and he had to move to another location to make way for the building of the World Trade Center. In 1968 the Killarney Rose on Pearl Street opened its doors. Family owned to this day, his son John took over the reins in 2003.
Frank Moran came to America with very little money but with the willingness to work hard. The best advice Frank can offer any one who wants to succeed is, “Never be afraid to take chances and never be afraid to fail. That’s how you learn.” We follow our Dad’s advice everyday.