Irish Jack’s Pub is named in honor of John “Jack” Charles, who was an instrumental member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians in Akron. Jack’s enthusiasm and love of his Irish heritage inspired others to celebrate every day as the day of the Irish.
Jack was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a die-hard Steelers fan and would never let any of “yintz” forget it. Jack was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. Very proud of his Irish heritage, Jack was a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He is an Irish icon, not only in the Akron area but the entire State of Ohio, having been a Past State President of the A.O.H. Jack was founder of the Irish Festival in Cuyahoga Falls that is held annually the second week of June. He is also one of the founders of the Akron Feis and the Akron St. Patrick’s Day Parade. In 2013 he was the honored Grand Marshal of that parade. Although a proud member of the Mark Heffernan Division in Akron, Jack organized the St. Brendan A.O.H. Division in Cuyahoga Falls. Because of his outstanding and distinguished service to the Hibernians, Jack was bestowed the most coveted citation as a National Life Member.
In addition to loving God and his family, Jack also loved his country. He was a proud Army veteran of World War II serving as an M.P. in Ethiopia.
It is our honor to name the pub side of St. Brendan Hall in Jack’s name and to continue the traditions he was so instrumental in starting.
So, next time you are in the pub, raise a toast to Jack up in heaven. We’re sure he’ll give a nod and a wink right back to you!