Growing up, my memories of Shepherd's Pie were tied to a simple rendition – ground beef, canned corn, topped with mashed potatoes lovingly baked by my mom. It was bland at best, but it holds a nostalgic place in my heart. However, a transformative trip to the UK introduced me to the authentic essence of this dish, sparking a quest for that same depth of flavor.


Recently, I stumbled upon a culinary treasure right here in Poughkeepsie – Mahoney's. Established in 2004, Mahoney’s stands as a beacon of traditional Irish hospitality, boasting a menu brimming with hearty fare and genuine warmth.

The Magnificent Moira’s Shepherd's Pie

Enter Moira’s Shepherd's Pie (gluten-free). This delightful dish features lightly seasoned ground beef mingled with tender peas, carrots, and a hearty Irish stout gravy, all nestled beneath a velvety blanket of mashed potatoes. Each bite is a symphony of flavors that transports you to the hills of Ireland.

Laugh It Up Comedy Club @ Mahoney's
Laugh It Up Comedy Club @ Mahoney's

At Mahoney's, attention to detail and a dedication to quality shine through in every aspect of their dining experience. From the warm ambiance reminiscent of an authentic Irish pub to the vibrant entertainment lineup catering to diverse tastes, there's never a shortage of excitement. Live bands, DJs, and the Laugh It Up Comedy Club, along with regular events such as Acoustic Open Mic Mondays and Trivia Thursdays, ensure that boredom is simply not an option.

Visit Ireland in The Hudson Valley

So, whether you're a connoisseur of comfort food or a seeker of culinary adventures, a visit to Mahoney's is a must. Indulge in the tantalizing flavors of Moira’s Shepherd's Pie and let yourself be swept away on a gastronomic journey that celebrates tradition, innovation, and the joy of good food.

The Ultimate Guide to 32 Of the Best Upstate New York Irish Pubs

There is nothing quite like a visit to an Irish pub on St. Patrick's Day. Here are 32 of Upstate's "greenest" pubs!

There are all kinds of bars. Lounges, sports bars, dance club bars, etc. But there is something so warm and friendly, so old-timey, so "Cheers-like" about an Irish pub. Back in the day the denizens of these friendly places were usually blue collar working men and women who stopped at their neighborhood Irish bar to chat and visit after getting out of the local factory. On weekends the pub was crowded with happy people, our parents and grandparents, enjoying a sip, Bing Crosby on the jukebox, and a bowl of Irish stew.

Today, you are more than likely to find the demographics of an Irish pub a whole lot younger. And that is a good thing.

This gallery looks at 32 of the best Irish pubs in Upstate New York.

See you at one of them for St. Paddy's Day!

Gallery Credit: Chuck D'Imperio

Top Rated Irish Bars in Central New York

Not everyone will be able to head to the Big Apple for St. Patrick's Day - if they even want to. But for those who want to grab a pint and celebrate their Irish roots with friends, here's some of the most highly-rated Irish pubs in Central New York.

Gallery Credit: Megan