Christy and Libby Hughes, Owners
The fifth of eight children, Christy was born and reared in Co. Longford, Ireland. He attended Catering College in Athenry, Co. Galway, where he gained knowledge of all aspects of the restaurant industry. After a number of years in fine-dining restaurants in his native Ireland, Christy emigrated to the Washington, D.C. area in March of 1974, sponsored by his sister, Margaret, and by November of that year was the General Manager of The Dubliner Irish Pub on Capitol Hill. Christy met his wife, Libby Byrne – a native of Washington, DC – at the Dubliner and together they went on to own and operate Ireland’s Four Provinces in Cleveland Park. A few years later they opened Ireland’s Four Provinces in Falls Church, VA. When the property formerly known as the Inn at Glen Echo came on the market they knew they had an opportunity to create something special, and with that The Irish Inn was born.
Frank Cassidy, Manager
Born in the border town of Clones In county Monaghan, son of a pub owner. Spent my weekends bottling Guinness, Harp and Smithwicks. You might say that I was born in the business. After secondary school came Shannon Hotel College. Much later a Masters in hospitality management. Lived and worked in Switzerland, various cities in the U.K. and the U.S. and now almost 9 years at the Irish Inn.