It is a family tradition that started in 1892 when an irish man, Erin Sweeney emigrated from Galway, Ireland to the United States and bought an Irish Pub in South Boston which he appropriately named Sweeney's Tavern.
His family and heirs continued this Irish tradition, eventually owning and operating seven Irish Pubs, in and around Boston until prohibition put a temporary end to the Pubs.
After prohibition the family reopened many of the Pubs until finally selling completely in the early 1970's and relocated to Florida.
The family restarted the restaurant operations in 1990 by buying The Breakers Oceanfront Restaurant in New Smyrna Beach, Fl. ( Visit The Breakers website ) However the Irish again raised its mettle and few years later the family bought several buildings on Beach Street, Daytona Beach and converted them into an Irish Pub and named it McK's Tavern, which the family operated until sold in late 2006.
The family, in 1996, purchased a building on W. Indiana Avenue, DeLand located in the heart of DeLand's Downtown Historic District, converted the building into an Irish Pub named it Dublin Station and opened for business in October 1997.
The majority of the Pubs clients are a collage of local business owners and local residents intent on enjoying the Pubs food and a good pint or two.
DeLand attacts a lot of tourists and this friendly restaurant is always a welcome place for visitors to enjoy good old Irish hospitality and meet friendly people.
Dublin Station can accomodate 180 people inside and outside. When sitting at the outdoor tables you can enjoy fresh air and feel the atmosphere of downtown life.
Both Dublin Station and the Breakers are still owned and operated by the family heirs of Erin Sweeney.