NYC Pub Owner’s Monumental 250 Mile Run

Tom McGrath speaking at the launch event at Harbor Lights.
Photo by James Higgins

Tom McGrath, a world renowned long distance endurance runner, and owner of The Black Sheep Irish pub in New York City, will be running from his bar in Murray Hill to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland to raise funds and awareness for the proposed Monument to Commodore John Barry at The Barry Gate of the Naval Academy. The Commodore John Barry 250 Mile Run is being organized by The Ancient Order of Hibernians to raise awareness and funds to build a fitting memorial for the recognized father of the American Navy, Commodore John Barry.

The run will begin on Friday, July 20th at the Black Sheep and end on Saturday afternoon, July 28th at The Barry Gate at the U. S. Naval Academy.  Ultra-marathoner Tom McGrath will run 30 to 35 miles each day, with evening events en route in South Amboy NJ, Hamilton Square NJ, Philadelphia PA, Wilmington DE, Newark DE, Aberdeen MD, Baltimore MD and the Grand Finale at Annapolis MD.

Contributions can be made through Hibernian Charity – a 501-c3 organization, at the website:  All proceeds will be donated to building the Commodore Barry Gate at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD.

If you wish to meet Tom to wish him well and contribute in person, there are two opportunities in NYC before he heads south.  The first is on Thursday, July 19 at his pub, The Black Sheep.  The second will be a brunch on Friday at The Irish Haven in Brooklyn, sponsored by the Commodore John Barry Society of Brooklyn.

Thursday, July 19, 2012
Kickoff party for the Tom McGrath run
Support Tom McGrath’s epic 250 Mile Barry Run and the Barry Memorial Project.
sponsored by A.O.H.
$25 suggested donation includes:
live music by Billy Keenan
A sampling of the Black Sheep’s food
RSVP via facebook

The Black Sheep
583 Third Ave. (bet. 38th & 39th St.)
New York, NY
(212) 599-3476

Tom will begin his epic run from the Black Sheep on Friday morning, heading to Brooklyn for the next fundraiser:

Friday, July 20, 2012
Buffet luncheon fundraiser
Suggested donation of $20 includes:
Lunch and two drinks of soda or beer.
Cash bar.  50/50 raffle.
Special guest Tom McGrath will stop by for a quick bite on his way from Midtown Manhattan to New Jersey.
Co-hosted by the Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn, the Kings County Board of the A.O.H. and the Ladies of the A.O.H.
11am – 3pm
Irish Haven
5721 4th Ave. (58th St.)
Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY
(718) 439-9893

For further information and to make a donation, go to: or contact
Frank Corcoran at (718) 514-0958 or



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