Eamonn & Mary's Story
Husband and wife team, Eamonn and Mary Gleeson have always had an entrepreneurial mind and vision. After giving up the day jobs as teachers to run a B&B and coffee shop in Roscommon town, they established Gleeson’s Townhouse, Restaurant and Artisan Food & Wine Shop in 1991.
Over the last 22 years, Eamonn and Mary Gleeson have lovingly restored and made huge changes to their nineteenth century home, now a renowned family business overlooking the bustling Market Square in the centre of picturesque Roscommon Town.
They set about establishing the first stand-alone coffee shop in the town and on the 23rd of July 1991 Gleeson’ s opened its doors. With just five guest bedrooms and a coffee shop, Eamonn and Mary moved in with their three young children, Eamonn, Fergal and Cait.
The story had begun. Superbly located and with an immediate emphasis on home cooking, Gleeson’s was a success from the start and expansion was inevitable. 1997 marked a major new phase, with the restaurant and a further 14 rooms being added on.
By 1998 Gleeson’s Townhouse had 25 bedrooms, a restaurant and a function room. Now it truly is a wonderful one-stop shop, providing breakfasts, lunches and an a la carte menu up to 9.30 pm at night. The function room can cater for weddings, parties, meetings, etc. In 2006 the Gleeson’s opened an artisan, food & wine shop beside their original premises.
Over the years Gleeson’s has certainly fed the masses – but is much more than a quality restaurant. It has become a social focal point for the community, a meeting place and a slightly hidden tourist gem. Tourists who come upon Gleeson’s by design or chance are invariably treated to a unique Irish welcome, with hosts Eamonn & Mary going out of their way to introduce the visitors to Roscommon’s charms.
“What I love about our life here is the fact that you don’t know what you will meet when you open the door” says Mary of a premises which is equally at home hosting art exhibitions, music sessions, Lions Club meetings, launches or a casual chat between two farmers on mart day.