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Donovan’s Irish Pub to Host Block Party in Woodside Saturday

The owners of Donovan’s Irish Pub are hosting a block party Saturday (Photo: Donovan’s Facebook page)

Aug. 24, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

The owners of Donovan’s Irish Pub in Woodside are hosting a block party to celebrate the bar’s 55th anniversary and to thank the community for supporting them during the pandemic.

The event will take place Saturday outside the pub on 58th Street—between Roosevelt and 41st Avenue. The block will be closed off to traffic, with the celebration scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m.

The block party will feature live music acts and Irish dancing. There will also be activities for children including face painting.

The block party will be taking place on 58th Street between 41st Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue (GMAPs)

“We want to celebrate 55 years of Donovan’s and say thank you to the neighborhood for the tremendous support,” said Dan Connor, who owns Donovan’s with his brother-in-law Jimmy Jacobson.

The bar, located at 57-24 Roosevelt Ave., has been a neighborhood staple for decades but its owners were struggling to stay afloat earlier this year in the midst of the pandemic. Customers then came to their aid and raised nearly $90,000 via a GoFundMe campaign.

“We never would have survived without it [donations], it helped us get over the second lockdown,” Connor said.

Connor said the money went toward covering payroll and went toward expenses such as rent, supplies and utility bills. The bar is now operating at pre-pandemic levels, Connor said, and is back on its feet, in large part, due to the fundraiser.

The Flynn’s band (L) will perform at around 3 p.m. while singer and musician Katelyn Richards (R) will take to the stage at 7 p.m. (Photos provided by Dan Connor)

The bar was established on March 17, 1966 by Joe Donovan who operated it for 46 years before putting it up for sale in the summer of 2012. Many residents were concerned that the Irish watering hole would close for good when no buyer initially came forward.

Connor and Jacobson, both life-long Woodside residents, then decided to buy the bar in late 2012.

“We didn’t buy the bar to become wealthy, we just wanted to preserve it because it means so much to the community,” Connor said.

The bar, which is situated directly across from St. Sebastian’s church on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and 58th Street, is a popular destination for families celebrating religious functions– such as first communions– as well as for private parties. The bar also has many regulars and is known for hosting live music.

The block party will take place along 58th Street (Photo provided by Dan Connor)

The bar will be setting up 40 chairs on 58th Street for attendees. The chairs will essentially be an expansion of the bar’s outdoor dining area – situated along the sidewalk on 58th Street – that already seats around 30 people.

Donovan’s will also erect a 12-foot wide by 10-foot long stage in the center of 58th Street facing Roosevelt Avenue, with Irish music by The Flynn’s band starting at 3 p.m. There will be Irish dancing at 6 p.m. while singer and musician Katelyn Richards will take to the stage from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

At 10 p.m., the party will continue inside the bar until the late hours, Connor said.

“It’s going to be a beautiful day to celebrate this community which is pretty much one of a kind,” he said.

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Connie Seversin

Sounds like fun! Wish I could be there. Greetings to all..Congratulations to Dan and Jimmy. Keep up the good work.

Mary and Joe Hellmann

Such a wonderful family restaurant.
The owners and staff are just the best.
So lucky to be able to have them in woodside! Enjoy!

Melody Stern

I go to Donovan’s with my brother to eat lunch together. Neither one of us ever orders an alcoholic beverage. We appreciate their many selections of dishes on their menu. Besides us, there are also other families enjoying their meals together in the beautiful back room.


Great. Another street closed to traffic this time to celebrate a bar which may lead to public intoxication. Sends the wrong message to children since activities will be set up for them. My sister is an alcoholic and very excited about this block party. I worry because she is not vaccinated. Please wear a mask.


See ya Debbie Downer. There’s always ONE who sucks the good out of anything and everything. Congratulations to all at Donovan’s for making it through the pandemic. See you soon.


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