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New Pub Brings True Traditions of Ireland to Oak Lawn

Clancy's is authentically Irish, and its owner would know.

Davy Fitzgerald, Shane O'Donnell and KevinO with Liam McCarthy Cup at Clancy's, Sunday, Nov. 17. | Photo Credit: Erin Clancy
Davy Fitzgerald, Shane O'Donnell and KevinO with Liam McCarthy Cup at Clancy's, Sunday, Nov. 17. | Photo Credit: Erin Clancy
By Erin Gallagher,
Patch Contributor 

When County Clare won the all-Ireland Hurling Championship, the Liam McCarthy Cup made its way to Oak Lawn. That's as important to the Irish community as the Lord Stanley Cup. The lucky pub? Oak Lawn's newly opened Clancy's. 

This was an especially proud moment for owner Kevin O'Kennedy, whose dad came over from Doonbeg in Clare. His mother Gertie is from Mayo. O'Kennedy, who is originally from Detroit, is no stranger to the Irish pub business. He owns two in Hawaii named Mulligan's. When he fell in love with his sweetheart, Katie Clancy, who is a South Side girl, he named the next after her.

"It's a real friendly atmosphere with a family-friendly, clean environment," O'Kennedy said. 

Located at 4624 W. 103rd St., the pub features Guinness, Harp and Smithwick's on tap, and prepares fresh homemade food. "Come for the pizza, stay for the pint," is the pub's slogan.

And don't forget the music. Guests can hear traditional Irish music four nights a week. Musician John Williams, founder of the band Solas, with five all-Ireland titles to his credit, hosts a traditional session Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., and Fridays at 8 p.m.

O'Kennedy, along with Richie Z, co-host an acoustic Irish open mic on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.

"It's not uncommon for us to have four generations of musicians here playing on any given night," O'Kennedy said.

Open on Sept. 1, Clancy's Irish Pizza Pub gives credit to the Village of Oak Lawn. O'Kennedy said he has received tremendous support and assistance in getting permits and licenses quickly and easily.

"The welcome that I got from the mayor, to the city manager, Larry Deetjen, on down has been tremendous," O'Kennedy said. "To give a small business support like that means a whole lot. I am just extremely grateful."

Clancy's works with local parishes to offer gift certificates for school fundraisers. O'Kennedy says that's one reason the business gets rousing support from its community.

Clancy's Irish Pizza Pub is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Clancy's offers a full Irish breakfast on weekends and delivery.

For more information, click to www.eatatclancys.com or call 708-422-1110.
Kevin O'Kennedy December 05, 2013 at 12:46 PM
Thanks Erin for the article. Hope to have you in again soon. All the best KevinO
Switters December 05, 2013 at 09:51 PM
I will be stopping in to try the pizza very soon!
Kevin O'Kennedy December 06, 2013 at 11:56 AM
Hello Joe. Could you please give me a call at Clancy's. If you had a less than satisfactory experience I would at least like the courtesy of the opportunity to make amends. Night after night I have good neighborhood people tell me how much they enjoy the food, the music and the atmosphere. Thank you Kevin
OakLawnGuy December 06, 2013 at 12:43 PM
How's the "traditional" fare - bangers and mash, shepherd's pie, that sort of thing?
Kevin O'Kennedy December 06, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Hello OakLawnGuy. Thanks for asking. We make our Shepherds Pie, Corned Beef and Cabbage, Bangers and Mash, Pot Roast dinner, Veggie Tomato pie and Irish Bacon and Cabbage all in a casserole dish, veggies and meat below and homemade mashed potatoes piped on top then baked in the oven. It come out piping hot. Everything is home cooked. Please come in and give it a try. All the best. Kevin
john artis December 06, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Wouldn't worry what " Joe " says He is an anonymous blogger anyways
Bob December 07, 2013 at 10:51 AM
Anonymous bloggers make better points than some people who use their real names most of the time.
Michelle Kreydich December 07, 2013 at 04:15 PM
We love this restaurant and love that they donate gift certificates to the schools in the area for fund raisers. We have always had good food here.
Glen Kato December 07, 2013 at 04:43 PM
I love the thin crust pizza.
Joe Kocur December 07, 2013 at 10:44 PM
Always remember drunks will eat anything and say its good.
mike difagio December 07, 2013 at 11:10 PM
I took the wife there last week.....big mistake..the food is not good and the service was worse...there was only a few people in there and the workers were all running around like they had 100 customers in the place. they had an older man bartending with the personality of a peanut..sorry but wasn't impressed at all! a lot of other restaurants in oaklawn to spend my money at !
Switters December 07, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Many people are quick to write a review if they feel they have had poor service...less likely to write a review if their service is excellent. Seeing as Clancy's is very close to my home, I will not judge the restaurant off a couple disgruntled internet reviews. rather, I will wait until I have had the opportunity to try them out, which I look forward to doing. I love thin crust pizza, extra sauce, well done. I also enjoy Guinness, I just hope they pour them as well as Blackthorn or An Seanachi. See ya soon!
andy skoundrianos December 08, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Switters makes a lot of sense you don't like it don't go there
littleone December 08, 2013 at 12:36 AM
Yes service is slow and seating is tight!. Food was ok Don't think we will be going back.
Switters December 08, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Thank you cindy, for taking a moment before bedtime to log in and say absolutely nothing useful nor intelligent. I'm looking forward to the pizza, maybe tomorrow.
Kevin O'Kennedy December 09, 2013 at 09:20 AM
Hello "Cindy". The encounter you described was with a person named Sandi, a local restaurant owner, not "Cindy". We delivered a pizza late as the driver couldn't find the address in the network of trailer homes, We called, apologized, and with better instructions found the address. I subsequently received her comment that the pizza had residual burned corn meal on the crust (used to prevent the pizza from sticking to our deck ovens). I apologized when she called at 7:30 on a busy Saturday night and asked that she call back when I could have more time to speak with her. As a restaurant owner, I' was sure she would have understood. The next time she ordered, I delivered the pizza personally to Sandy, not "Cindy", and likewise drove around the trailer park aimlessly trying to find it. I waited while she inspected the pizza and she was very happy. After seeing these posts, I went in to Sandi's restaurant yesterday and spoke with her. Sandi said quote "your pizza is absolutely amazing" and said it wasn't her blogging about it. So I guess we have an "Imposter Poster" here. I gave her a gift certificate regardless although she said it wasn't necessary as she loves the restaurant and will be back anyway. I strive to make every customer happy and hope to be given the opportunity to make amends if the food or service is lacking in any way. littleone, yes, seating can be tight and sometimes I have to put 4 people on a table meant for two. I'm sorry if the service was slow when you visited, please come back and introduce yourself and I will personally ensure your satisfaction. Mike, as for my "Peanut personality" bartender, he's actually a lovely fellow and fills in for me on typically slower times. I'd like to be given the opportunity to give you a better experience. Hey Switters, I'll stack my pint of Guinness against anyones', hopefully I can join you for a pint soon. As for our impostor poster "Cindy", I'm guessing we won't be hearing from her again. hmmmm??? Happy Holidays everyone. Kevin 708-422-1110.
Ro December 22, 2013 at 03:03 PM
We had a great time. Loved the music and the pizza. Wonderful having this spot in our area. Support our neiborhood business owners
Roy Keane December 27, 2013 at 07:26 PM
@ Kevin Kudos for being accessible, approachable, and steadfast in defending your new business. Must be annoying to be criticized after the time, trouble, and risk involved in bringing a new dining and entertainment option to the community but you seem rather poised to the challenge. Congrats and I wish you well. Looking forward to stopping in.

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