CONWAY'S STORY

With a history over 30 years in the making, there’s quite a bit of back story to the foundation of Conway’s Family Pub. Here’s the skinny version:

Father Tommy Conway was born in Galway, Ireland. He came to Hattiesburg in 1986 and the following year, Darian Pierce became aware of the jovial transplant  residing in the magnolia state.

Darian and Father Tommy finally formally met at a friend’s house in 1999 while watching a NASCAR race. They felt a true kinship of souls which resulted in Father Tommy inviting Darian and his wife, Terri, on a trip to Ireland. As a young couple with children and sparse resources, they declined the offer but promised to make the Ireland trip “one day”.

Flash forward 17 years.

Darian, Terri, their cousins, Alton and Julie Pierce, along with several others, finally shared that trip to Ireland with Father Tommy. The group enjoyed a country of high spirited, happy and family oriented people. People who were a lot like Father Tommy.

 

 

Throughout their visit, the Pierces observed over and again the ambience of quiet family joy. That quiet family atmostphere is lacking in the American version of the Irish pub today. A true Irish pub is not a noisy calamity. It is a joyful family environment where conversation, laughter and real human conversation and friendship is fostered.

Bringing back that sense of warm, family environment is the goal of Conway’s Pub. We are committed to an atmosphere of not just employees and customers but of family, where bread is broken and there are no strangers. A place to meet friends you haven’t met, and family you didn’t know until a visit to this authentic Irish Pub.

Conway’s Family Pub. Come pass a good time.

Oh, and if you want the long version of our history, click here: (http://conwayspub.com/conways-long-story/)

 

HISTORY OF FATHER TOMMY

For the last 30 years, Father Tommy Conway has been a part of lives of the people of South Mississippi. His generous good nature has helped guide many through the ups and downs, the twists and turns we all must travel. Father Tommy first came to Hattiesburg in 1986 and there found a kindred spirit and place to call home. Though he would move to the Gulf Coast and Columbia, it was Hattiesburg that he returned to again and again. Galway, Ireland is Father Tommy’s true home. There he was born and raised with his family totaling 13 siblings – 10 boys and 3 girls. His family has grown and now includes 33 nieces and nephews and 17 “greats” with one more on the way.

Father Tommy has been an ardent fan of all things USM. He served as chaplain for the Southern Miss football team during Jeff Bower’s tenure of five seasons. Father Tommy has served at Sacred Heart, St. Thomas Aquinas and was named inaugural priest of St. Fabian Catholic Church by Bishop Roger Morin of the Biloxi Diocese in 2013. Exuding a spirit of gracious good-humor, the amiable Father Tommy has been a stalwart example of a true compassionate friend to all. This spirit has gained the respect of many from all walks of faith, near and far. For who he is and what he exemplifies, is with the greatest gratitude that Conway’s Family Pub is named in honor of Father Tommy Conway.

ELEMENTS OF CONWAY’S FAMILY PUB

Pub History

Pub comes from the term “Public House” which sprang up in the UK during the Roman Occupation nearly 2000 years ago. For ages many rural pubs provided opportunities for folks to meet and exchange news, while others existed for the general purpose of serving travelers. Referred to as their “local” by regulars, pubs are typically chosen for their proximity to home or work, the availability of a particular beer, good food, a social atmosphere, and the presence of friends and family. So come one, come all. Conway’s is your new “local”!

blurb - Sheepfold

Sheepfold

Historically, a sheepfold is a simple open-air structure comprised of stacked field rocks for the purpose of protecting livestock from wolves, thieves and robbers. The sheepfold would typically include an opening or door for the sheep to come in and out. The Shepherd would lie against the opening to guard his sheep during the night, counting them in the morning as they passed under his rod. We’re are using the Sheepfold term to describe the outdoor seating area of the pub which is walled in with stone collected during the construction phase.

3 Barrels

A barrel in beer terms is equal to 31 gallons, 3 barrels would then equal 93 gallons. Brewpubs with less than 100 gallon capacity are allowed to keg their beer instead of using serving tanks. By scale most home brewers make 5-10 gallons per batch and most micro breweries are 15-60 barrels. 3 barrels positions Conway’s Family Pub to supply the local community with 3-4 unique beers brewed for local palates.

The Snug

Historically in Irish pubs, Snugs were typically a small, very private room with access to the bar, used by patrons who preferred not to be seen in a Pub. Ladies would often enjoy a drink in a time when it was frowned upon. Even the parish priest might stop in for his evening “nip”. The same snugs were used to arrange everything from marriages to horse racing. At Conway’s, our Snug will be where you will find live Irish music and entertainment. From fiddles, flutes and bagpipes to Van Morrison and The Chieftains, it’s sure to bring a “jig” to your step here at Conway’s!

THE BREWHOUSE BLOG

Home brewing by Sam Sorrells-Head Brewer

Before starting the hobby of Home brewing one should understand the three main methods of making beer at home or professionally. 1. The first method is Extract brewing. In a nutshell, Extract brewing consists of mixing a premade syrup of malt, which is referred to as...

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CONWAY’S FAMILY PUB SAINT PATRICK’S DAY MENU

Appetizers Wee Scotch Eggs Soft-boiled quail eggs crusted in Irish sausage, rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. Served with dipping sauces  Yorkshire Pudding Stuffed with your choice of crab, scallop, or lobster in an Irish whiskey cream sauce  Fried Goat Cheese Curds...

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Sam Sorrells – Craft Brewmaster at Conways Family Pub

Sam has never had a chance to work with Darian, but has known he and his family for years. When Darian asked his thoughts on bringing a genuine Irish Pub to Hattiesburg, he was very exicited, enthusiastic and immediately knew he wanted to be involved-on...

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About the Developer

Darian A. Pierce has been a resident of Hattiesburg for 47 years. He is President of Pierce Realty, Inc., which has property managed several million square feet of tenants, tenant acquisition/retention, tenant representation, acquisition/development of...

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CONWAY’S FAMILY PUB
5173 West 4th Street, Hattiesburg, MS
601-909-0505

*Indicates item served in less than 15 minutes, Monday-Friday lunch.

Appetizers

*Wee Scotch Eggs
Half order $7.50 Full order $10.00
Hard Boiled Quail Eggs wrapped with Sausage, breaded with Panko, served with Dill Cream and Smoked Roma Tomato Sauce

*Fried Goat Cheese $10.00
Goat Cheese Curds Breaded with Panko, served with Dill Cream or Smoked Roma Tomato Sauce

*Bleu Chips $9.40
Crispy Potato Chips topped with Cheese Sauce, Bacon, Diced Tomato, Green Onion and Bleu Cheese Crumbles
Substitute Fries for $1.25

*Smothered Chips $8.25
Crispy Potato Chips topped with Chipped Corned Beef Gravy, Sauerkraut and Aged Dubliner Irish Cheddar
Substitute Fries for $1.25

*Seared Tuna $11.25
Perfectly Seared Yellowfin Tuna with Mango Salsa

Salads

Dressings: Ranch, Thousand Island, Bleu Cheese, Balsamic Vinaigrette, French and Honey Mustard

*Chicken Salad on Romaine $10.00
Shredded Chicken Breast with Olive Oil Mayonnaise, Cheddar Cheese, Toasted Pecans and White Grapes on a Leaf of Romaine Lettuce with Sliced Roma Tomatoes, Dill Quail Egg, served with Irish Brown Oat Bread

*House Salad $7.50
Spring Mix and Romaine, Roma Tomatoes, Shredded Carrots and Cheddar Cheese
Add Chicken Breast $3.75
Add Shrimp $6.25
Add Chicken Salad $3.75

*Caprese Salad $8.15
Mozzarella and Roma Tomato Slices drizzled with Balsamic Vinaigrette topped with Fresh Basil

Entrees

All sides on entrees may be substituted for another side upon request.

Bangers and Mash $10.00
Traditional Irish Sausage served with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy, English Peas and Irish Brown Oat Bread

Fish and Chips $10.00
Sea Bass Battered and Fried served with Fries

Shepherd’s Pie $11.85
Braised Ground Beef, Stewed Sweet Peas, Carrots, Onion and Pepper with House Made
Mashed Potatoes and Cheddar Cheese, served with a side of Irish Brown Oat Bread

Corned Beef and Cabbage $11.25
Slow Roasted Corned Beef served with Sauteed Cabbage,
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy and Irish Brown Oat Bread

Shrimp Platter $16.25
Fried or Grilled Shrimp served with Coleslaw and Fries

Fisherman’s Pie $17.50
Puff Pastry Crust with Butterflied Royal Red Shrimp, Lump Crab Meat and Grilled
Sea Bass in a Goat Cheese Cream Sauce, served with Irish Brown Oat Bread

Dublin Lawyer $15.00
Butterflied Royal Red Shrimp and Lump Crab Meat with Sauteed Mushrooms in an Irish
Whiskey Cream Sauce served over a Bed of Aromatic Rice with a side of Irish Brown Oat Bread

Shrimp and Crab Bisque $10.00
Seafood Bisque with Butterflied Royal Red Shrimp and
Lump Crab Meat, served with Irish Brown Oat Bread

Sandwiches

All Sandwiches come with a choice of Chips or Fries, substitutions available upon request.

Reuben Sandwich $11.25
Hot Corned Beef on Rye Bread with Swiss Cheese, Sauerkraut and Thousand Island Dressing

Grilled Chicken Sandwich $10.00
Marinated and Grilled Chicken Breast on Herbed Focaccia Roll with Lettuce,Tomato, Onion and Pickle
Add Cheddar or Swiss Cheese $.50
Add Bacon $1.25

Conway Burger $11.25
Seasoned Beef Patty served on a Ciabatta Bun, with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickle, Bacon, and Cheddar or Swiss Cheese
Add Mushroom or Caramelized Onion $.50

*Chicken Salad Sandwich $10.00
Shredded Chicken Breast with Olive Oil Mayonnaise, Cheddar Cheese, Toasted Pecans and White Grapes
served on Herbed Focaccia Roll with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and Pickle
Add Bacon $1.25

Children’s Menu

Fish and Chips $6.25
Sea Bass Battered and Fried served with Fries

Grilled Cheese $6.25
White Bread with Cheddar Cheese Grilled served with Fries

Chicken Tenders and Fries $6.25
Chicken Breast Sliced, Breaded and Fried served with Fries

Sides

Side Salad $3.75
Cabbage $3.75
Sauerkraut $2.50
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy $3.75
Homemade Potato Chips $2.50
Guinness Cheese Dip $1.25
Mango Salsa $1.25
French Fries $3.75
Chicken Breast $3.75
Coleslaw $1.88
Fruit Cup $3.75
Boiled Quail Eggs $3.15
Aromatic Rice $2.50
English Peas $1.90
1 Banger $3.00
Corned Beef and Cabbage $5.00
Chicken Salad $3.75
6 Shrimp $6.25
12 Shrimp $12.50

 

Ask your server about our outstanding desserts.
They are the perfect ending to a wonderful beginning!!

Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have a certain medical conditions.