Monday, April 25, 2011

Anne Mullaney, RIP

Mullaney's Harp & Fiddle pub in the Strip District has been a center of Irish culture in Pittsburgh for almost 20 years. It plays host to a multiplicity of Irish bands, and is the headquarters for Ceili dancing in the region. We at the Priory have been proud to partner with the "Harp" for seven years in our Discover the Strip package.

The Harp's founder and owner, Anne Mullaney, passed away on Good Friday at the age of 54 from brain cancer. She was a an effective businesswoman and attorney, and she also knew how to have fun. She was extremely active in community affairs, including serving as the board president of Neighbors in the Strip, a business development organization which we at the Priory have been proud to work with for some time. She was also active in Pittsburgh's Irish community.

We were honored to host Anne and her now husband Maurice Cohill's rehearsal dinner in our Refectory in 2005. The families of both Anne & Judge Cohill gathered, about 45 of them, for a fabulous dinner prepared by Bob Sendall's All in Good Taste catering, with wines provided by Palate Partners (a Strip District business, of course). It a very fun event to host -- I believe I had as much fun as our guests.

Brian O'Neill, columnist for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, wrote a moving obituary. You can read it here.

Anne will be sorely missed by all who knew her. But she does leave behind a legacy of good works, as well as a pub that will continue to serve as a bastion of good fellowship, friendship and the celebration of Irishness.

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