Since 2003, Brenda Kelly and Eddie Reid (Brenda & Eddie) have
been working toward the goal of making The Banner an authentic
Irish pub where folks meet to drink, eat and enjoy each others
company while listening to great live music. Located in the
historic Hotel Thomas in Rockland, MA, The Banner has come to
be known as just that.
Brenda, hails directly from Kildare in Ireland - horse
country. Brenda's brother-in-law is a trainer of champion
horses. In fact, he trained the 2006 Irish and English
National Champions as well as the 2005 Irish
National Champion. Eddie grew up in Boston's Irish
neighborhood of Dorchester. He is the common mix of Irish and
Italian. The Italian in him provides him with his flare for
cooking. Eddie is the chef at The Banner. He started his
culinary career in the Marine Corps. His past experience is
quite evident in the portion sizes at the banner - he has
never been able to get over cooking for the masses!
The Irish Pub. Just the mention of it seems to conjure up good
times, good food and of course, good drink.
Pub —- short for public house —- was a place in
Ireland that did not require a membership to enter, unlike a
private house. The wealthy upper class were the only
ones able to afford membership to private houses. While the
rich had memberships to other establishments,
pubs were frequented by the working classes.
history of the
Irish pub is steeped in culture and lore.
Irish pub was a roughly crafted place with
natural wood furniture and stone walls. In addition to ale, an
Irish pub usually sold food and hardware items. The Irish pub
was a warm, welcoming place where people socialized, sang,
relaxed, told stories, and exchanged gossip and rumors.
In the 19th century the
Irish pub was deemed illegal under British rule.
This only fueled the independent spirit of the
Irish and pubs
became places where rebels gathered to discuss their
disgust of the Crown and in some cases to coordinate