Family History

The original O'Bryan clan sailed from Cork in 1891 bound for New York. Fleeing the famine, they braved North Atlantic storms, Castle Garden bureaucrats, corduroy roads, the Erie Canal and the uncertainties of Indiana farming to bring you this authentic Irish pub.

That first Irish-American O'Bryan family had two surviving children, but the fifth generation of that family, that of Sylvester and Julia, had 14. And what a brood they turned out to be: lawyers, military men, real sisters (as in nuns), mechanics, coaches, businessmen, scientists, farmers, builders, and true community volunteers. In the words of sister Judy, "Mom and Dad taught us to laugh, love, share, pray, and live."

Jerry O'Bryan, the principal owner of Nine Irish Brothers, is the youngest of nine boys (Berton, Jim, Michael, Norman, Bobby, Tim, John, and Willie) and five girls (Julie, Colleen, Patricia, Muriel, and Karen). Jerry pays tribute to his brothers with the pub's name and honors his sisters with an inscription above the bar: & Five Irish Sisters.

Family is the core concept of a traditional Irish pub, and O'Bryan's Nine Irish Brothers is no exception: Family members helped to build the establishment (Jerry's brother Tim was the general contractor, Jerry's brother Norman did the majority of the stonework and donated the planks for the walnut room, Jerry's nephew Sean did much of the outside landscaping and preparation, and Jerry, Matt & Alex were there, every day, with a hammer or a shovel, digging in), and helped to prepare for operations (Jerry's brother Bert served as legal counsel and Jerry's nephew Matt Giles consulted on operations).  

The family tradition runs strong even today: Jerry and Jan are very much a part of the day-to-day activities in the pub, their daughter Maggie and her husband Matt oversee operations, and their younger daughter Mollie helps out at the West Lafayette location. It won't be long before you, too, feel like part of the O'Bryan family.