McCracken’s Cafe Bar is dedicated to Mary Ann McCracken who was born in 1770, from a very remarkable family.
The McCrackens were one of a handful of very influential Presbyterian families who were keenly interested in promoting social reform and the cultural revival of Ireland’s ancient poetry, music and language.
Mary Ann is probably better known to many as the devoted sister of Henry Joy McCracken who, in 1791, helped establish the Society of United Irishmen. The United Irishmen were a group of radical social and political reformers who believed ‘that no reform is practicable, efficacious, or just, which shall not include Irishmen of every religious persuasion’.
She was a great influence on her brother and was with him when he was taken to execution for his part in the 1798 rebellion. Joy’s entry is named after Henry Joy and is said to mark the route of his final journey to execution at the Market House in nearby Corn market.
McCrackens Café Bar is part of Beechill Inns Ltd. It is one of four bar/restaurants owned by the company which include the Basement Bar & Grill (Joys Entry), Queen’s Café Bar (Queen’s Arcade) – both of which are located in Belfast city centre. It also incorporates the Beechill Inn which is located in South East Belfast in the Newtownbreda area.
The company was formed in 1999. Its focus is on serving good food, providing a friendly and efficient service and excellent customer care. Each outlet has its own distinctive vibe, menus and entertainments but, common to them all, is an ethos to provide the best in food, drink, service and entertainment in great surroundings and all for great value.