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    For too many years in the 1990s and early 2000s, the LFCNY pivoted around New York from bar to bar in search of a home. Some we had to share, but no games if there was rugby or Irish football; others, the bar staff didn’t want the sound up and we did have a bar or two where the staff weren’t bothered to turn up for the early kick offs. Which left too many fans outside a locked bar at 7.30 on too many cold Manhattan mornings.

    But all that changed in 2004 when the club approached the owner of the established 11th Street Bar. Brendan O’Reilly. A Dubliner by way of The Ear Inn on Spring Street, Brendan saw the potential for the club and the bar by offering 11th Street as our home. And what a host he was.

    Nothing was too much. New TVs? Yep! Leave our T-shirts downstairs? Sure! Open before 8AM (a no-no for NYC bars)? Not a problem. In those early years Brendan and his crew did pretty much everything we asked of them, made us as comfortable as they could, put the LFCNY on the map. We had our own bar, we had a base, we had a home. A real home.

    Brendan did not want 11th Street to become a generic sports bar, it had a few more, many more, strings to its bow. The committee asked for some memorabilia to be put up, Brendan arranged for the framing and mounting. Without overshadowing. But that was the thing about Brendan - he knew what our history meant to us and he knew how much we appreciated the efforts.

    Brendan O’Reilly died last night in Raleigh NC. Family commitments saw him move there some years ago, selling his beloved 11th Street to the present owners, Johnny Griffin and Roger Herr, two Ear Inn graduates. During the sale, there were a few other buyers in he offing. Brendan made it very clear that the bar came with the LFCNY, going so far as to introduce all prospective buyers to the club.

    Without Brendan O’Reilly the LFCNY would not be what it is today, as successful as it is today, with the identity it has in New York, Liverpool and around the world.

    Brendan, there are many, many people who are going to howl at your passing, your wonderful wife, Linda, your children Kyle and Ian, your family, your friends. But you’ll always have a special place in the hearts and memories of the LFCNY and all Liverpool fans from all over the world who stepped over the threshold of 11th Street. We will never look upon your like again and you will never walk alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samarkand View Post
    For too many years in the 1990s and early 2000s, the LFCNY pivoted around New York from bar to bar in search of a home. Some we had to share, but no games if there was rugby or Irish football; others, the bar staff didn’t want the sound up and we did have a bar or two where the staff weren’t bothered to turn up for the early kick offs. Which left too many fans outside a locked bar at 7.30 on too many cold Manhattan mornings.

    But all that changed in 2004 when the club approached the owner of the established 11th Street Bar. Brendan O’Reilly. A Dubliner by way of The Ear Inn on Spring Street, Brendan saw the potential for the club and the bar by offering 11th Street as our home. And what a host he was.

    Nothing was too much. New TVs? Yep! Leave our T-shirts downstairs? Sure! Open before 8AM (a no-no for NYC bars)? Not a problem. In those early years Brendan and his crew did pretty much everything we asked of them, made us as comfortable as they could, put the LFCNY on the map. We had our own bar, we had a base, we had a home. A real home.

    Brendan did not want 11th Street to become a generic sports bar, it had a few more, many more, strings to its bow. The committee asked for some memorabilia to be put up, Brendan arranged for the framing and mounting. Without overshadowing. But that was the thing about Brendan - he knew what our history meant to us and he knew how much we appreciated the efforts.

    Brendan O’Reilly died last night in Raleigh NC. Family commitments saw him move there some years ago, selling his beloved 11th Street to the present owners, Johnny Griffin and Roger Herr, two Ear Inn graduates. During the sale, there were a few other buyers in he offing. Brendan made it very clear that the bar came with the LFCNY, going so far as to introduce all prospective buyers to the club.

    Without Brendan O’Reilly the LFCNY would not be what it is today, as successful as it is today, with the identity it has in New York, Liverpool and around the world.

    Brendan, there are many, many people who are going to howl at your passing, your wonderful wife, Linda, your children Kyle and Ian, your family, your friends. But you’ll always have a special place in the hearts and memories of the LFCNY and all Liverpool fans from all over the world who stepped over the threshold of 11th Street. We will never look upon your like again and you will never walk alone.
    Thanks for sharing the history, I was sure that I first visited the 11th Street in 2003, but could have been 2004. Had no idea of the previous issues.

    I love and hate the place in equal measure, completely inadequate toilet facilities and narrow bar make it awkward and uncomfortable. Exactly how it was at in grounds in the good old days! Always made to feel welcome even if my visits are punctuated by 2 or 3 year gaps.

    God bless you Brendan & RIP.

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    It might well have been 2003. Probably was. I knew the 11th Street crew well. Went in there, got hammered and asked Brendan if he knew of a bar for the LFCNY. Woke up the next morning, hungover to all bef*ck, couldn’t remember where Brendan had suggested. Went back to 11th Street, man on a mission. Same story, same hangover, same memory loss. 3rd effort, success! I remembered and here we are.

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    RIP to a real gentleman.
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