“May you have a world of wishes at your command. God and his angels close at hand. Friends and family their love impart. And Irish blessings in you heart.”
Ted Hughes, Owner and Executive Chef
Ted’s passion for quality, farm-fresh ingredients began early in his life as he grew up living on a small farm in Upstate New York. After landing a job in a French restaurant in college, Ted switched his major from Chemistry to Food and Hotel Management. Paris, France was not far behind where he worked and educated himself in Classical French Cuisine. From there, he traveled many places including Napa Valley, California, Amman, Jordan and Puerto Rico, finally settling in Northern Virginia. Ted’s experiences working under many world-class chefs gave him a well-rounded education in the amazing diversity and history of what is now considered to be “Modern Cuisine.”
Barry Nolan, Owner and General Manager
Born and raised in Drogheda, County Louth, just north of Dublin, Barry has spent the last 20 years in the hospitality business. He has worked in several bars, hotels and fine-dining restaurants gaining experience in the kitchen and front of house. After graduating from GMIT Hotel Management School in Galway, he took an opportunity to help open the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore. Later, he joined Christy and Libby Hughes in opening The Irish Inn at Glen Echo in 2003 where he remains General Manager today. With his experience in all aspects of the restaurant and bar business, he looks forward to making Lahinch a quality neighborhood establishment for many years to come.
Frank Hughes, Owner and Manager
A long-time resident of the DC area since arriving in this country years ago, Frank, Christy’s brother, has had a long history in the operation or ownership of several local, well-known Irish establishments. His latest venture was the ownership of Ireland’s Four Fields, a neighborhood favorite in Cleveland Park, DC. His many years of restaurant ownership and his management expertise are the perfect ingredients for the operation of a successful restaurant.
Christy and Libby Hughes, Owners
The fifth of eight children, Christy was born and reared in Co. Longford, Ireland. He attended Catering College in Athenry, Co. Galway, where he gained knowledge of all aspects of the restaurant industry. After a number of years in fine-dining restaurants in his native Ireland, Christy emigrated to the Washington, D.C. area in March of 1974, sponsored by his sister, Margaret, and by November of that year was the General Manager of The Dubliner Irish Pub on Capitol Hill. Christy met his wife, Libby Byrne – a native of Washington, DC – at the Dubliner and together they went on to own and operate Ireland’s Four Provinces in Cleveland Park. A few years later they opened Ireland’s Four Provinces in Falls Church, VA. When the property formerly known as the Inn at Glen Echo came on the market they knew they had an opportunity to create something special, and with that The Irish Inn was born. Now, with more than 70 years combined restaurant experience, and in partnership with their General Manager, Executive Chef, and Christy’s brother, they are excited for their next venture, Lahinch Tavern and Grill.