Since it’s October opening, Waxhaw pub Mary O’Neill’s has been THE hot spot for diners! Co-Owners Lee McShane and Ciaran Farrelly have been blown away by the community support and as they’ve always aspired, are now in a position to give back to it via their Souper Bowl 2018.
The pun is real folks, as O’Neill’s has been collecting canned soups, among all other non-perishable goods, since January 20th and continuing until the Super Bowl. Thus far, over 30 gallons of food has been donated to support families in need from Waxhaw Elementary.
McShane voiced that he and Farrelly recognized the void in donations after the new year. “After Christmas, what happens to those kids when the holidays are over?” The need is still there, but the interest and/or priority to help simply doesn’t remain at the forefront. Fortunately, O’Neill’s is happy to do something about it!
They’ve made it as easy as can be to drop off goods in a clearly-labeled bin placed just inside the restaurant’s front door. And McShane contends that a little goes a long way. “[Donations] don’t have to be cases of goods. If you’ve got something, anything, to get rid of, just drop it in.”
Though O’Neill’s has been consistently packed throughout the NFL season, McShane is a little unsure as to the crowds they are expecting for the Super Bowl, as he anticipates many will be hosting their own private viewing parties. Nevertheless, they’ll be more than prepared with food and drink specials throughout the evening, along with some undisclosed giveaways to make for a fun and memorable night out.
Since O’Neill’s inception, both McShane and Farrelly have always desired to be community-minded. They’ve had a lot of people, coming and asking for all kinds of help, and are thrilled to be in a position to give back to a community that has given them so much.