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Chef Joe Sheridan

Joe Sheridan was born in 1909 in Castlederg, county Tyrone in Northern Ireland and was one of six sons. his family moved to Dublin after the death of his father, where he worked in a restaurant. In 1943, he applied for the job of Chef at the airport in Foynes.

img_irish2_2His application came in to Brendan O’Regan for the position of chef and it simply stated, “Dear Sir. I’m the man for the job. Yours sincerely, Joe Sheridan.

Brendan O’Regan later said that because of the impudence of his application, that he decided to interview him and gave him the job.

When Foynes closed in October 1945, Joe Sheridan along with the rest of the catering staff, moved across the Shannon estuary to the new airport at Rineanna (now Shannon International Airport), where he continued to make his famous Irish Coffee.

img_irish2_1A famous journalist called Stan Delaplane transited Rineanna in 1951 where he was served the by now traditional Irish Coffee welcoming drink.

When he went back to San Francisco, he told his friend Jack Koeppler, the owner of the Buena Vista, of this new drink. They tried making it themselves at the Buena Vista, but it didn’t work out quite right–they had a problem with the cream.

In 1952, Joe Sheridan having been offered the position at the Buena Vista, decided to emigrate.

Joe died in 1962 and is buried in Oakland cemetery, just outside San Francisco.