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.

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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.


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


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!



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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Wee Scotch Eggs
-Soft-boiled quail eggs crusted in Irish sausage, rolled in breadcrumbs and fried. Served with dipping sauces

Guinness and Kerrygold Aged Cheddar Dip with House-Cut Chips
-Thick-cut fried potato chips served with our signature Guinness cheddar dip

Irish Smothered Chips
-Thick-cut fried potato chips scattered with chipped corned beef, house-made sauerkraut, and Irish brown sauce

Irish Bleu Chips
-Thick-cut fried potato chips smothered in aged Kerrygold cheddar sauce, topped with Irish bacon crumbles, and Bleu cheese

Yorkshire Pudding
-Stuffed with your choice of crab, scallop, or lobster in an Irish whiskey cream sauce

Goat Cheese Curds
-Goat cheese rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried.


Irish Lamb Stew
-Traditional Irish stew with slow roasted lamb, carrots, onions, celery, and potatoes

Scallop Bisque
-Rich, creamy bisque with perfectly seared sea scallops

Soup of the Day
-Ask your server about our fresh soup of the day


Wedge Salad
-Crisp wedge of iceberg lettuce with heirloom tomatoes, shredded Kerrygold Dubliner cheddar, Irish bacon crumbles, and hot bacon vinegrette

Caprese Salad
-Slices of fresh mozzarella, heirloom tomato, and fresh basil drizzled in fresh-pressed olive oil

Build Your Own Salad
-Build your own salad starting with a mix of Romaine and Iceburg lettuce, your choice of toppings below

-shredded mozzarella
-shredded cheddar
-Bleu cheese crumbles
-goat cheese crumbles

-chopped egg
-bacon bits
-cubed ham
-grilled chicken
-seared tuna

Veggies and Nuts:
-shredded carrot
-heirloom tomato
-dried cranberries


Traditional Reuben
House made sliced corned beef, topped with Swiss cheese and sauerkraut served on marbled rye

Chicken Pancetta Sanger:
Grilled Chicken breast, Kerrygold aged cheddar, served with lettuce, tomato, and herb aioli, served on a rosemary Focaccia Ciabatta bread

Conway’s Burger
-House-ground beef burger, cooked to order with your choice of the following options –
-Swiss Cheese
-Kerrygold Cheddar
-Bleu Cheese
-Pepper Jack Cheese
-Sliced Gouda
-Irish Bacon
-Heirloom Tomatoes



Bangers and Mash
-House-made Irish sausages, garlic mashed potatoes, and Irish brown sauce

Fish and Chips
Beer-battered Sea Bass fillet served with house-cut chips

Fisherman’s Pie
-Sauteed lobster, scallops, and lump crab in a creamy dill goat cheese sauce baked in a puff pastry pie

Shepherd’s Pie
-Fresh ground lamb with peas, carrots, and Irish brown sauce, topped with shredded Kerrygold Dubliner cheddar and baked in a mashed potato pie

Dublin Lawyer with Rice
Sauteed lobster tail and lump crab in an Irish whiskey cream sauce, served over aromatic rice

 Corned Beef and Cabbage
House-made corned beef sliced and served over a bed of tender-cooked cabbage

Dublin Coddle with Pearl Barley
House-made Irish sausages, baked with pearl barley, carrots, and potato slices, topped with goat cheese crumbles

 Kid’s Grub:

 We offer children’s portions of the following menu items:
-Bangers and Mash
-Fish and Chips
-Macaroni and Cheese
-Shepherd’s Pie
-Fisherman’s Pie
-Kerrygold Cheeseburger

 Side Items:
-Thick House-cut Fried Potato Chips
-Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Irish Boxty
-Our take on a traditional fried potato pancake

Kerrygold Macaroni and Cheese
-Using our signature Kerrygold Guinness Cheddar Dip

Vegetable Medley
-selection may vary depending upon seasonal availability

House Sauerkraut
Simple Cabbage
Aromatic Rice


-Traditional Irish sweet raisin bread served with fresh whipped cream

Guinness Chocolate Cake
-Irish Oat Apple Crumble

Bananas Jameson
-Fresh bananas and toasted pecans sauteed in butter with brown sugar, flambeed with Jameson Irish Whiskey and finished with a splash of Bailey’s Irish Cream served with fresh whipped cream