<a href="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2014\/08\/Photo3.jpg"><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-6286" alt="Photo3" src="https:\/\/mountainmedianews.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/13\/2014\/08\/Photo3-300x189.jpg" width="300" height="189" \/><\/a>\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThe Irish Pub is \u201c...nothing less than a slice of New Orleans planted in the middle of a West Virginia city.\u201d\r\n\r\nThat\u2019s how John De Shazier, senior writer for the Saints website, described the unexpected serendipity of finding fellow Saints fans in Lewisburg.\r\n\r\nIrish Pub owners Patrick O\u2019Flaherty and Andrea Izzo lived in New Orleans for 20 years during a time when Patrick and his brother operated O\u2019Flaherty\u2019s Irish Channel Pub on Toulouse Street in the French Quarter up until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck the city. Katrina didn\u2019t force O\u2019Flaherty\u2019s to close, instead the timing which brought Patrick and Andrea to Lewisburg was purely coincidental. But it proved to be the perfect time for them to open a pub in Lewisburg eight years ago.\r\n\r\n\u201cPeople would tell me, \u2018You should open up a pub here,\u2019\u201d Patrick said. \u201cThat\u2019s how it happened.\u201d\r\n\r\nWith that idea proposed, O\u2019Flaherty and Izzo planted the seed, nurtured it and have watched it become what it is today.\r\n\r\n\u201cThe Irish Pub is as authentically New Orleans as it gets in these parts, as well it should be,\u201d De Shazier writes. He goes on, stating, \u201cThe Irish Pub [is] an establishment so heavily New Orleans-themed that you half expect a second line or Mardi Gras parade around the block to erupt at any moment.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cWe just wanted to bring some of that with us,\u201d Andrea said in an interview with De Shazier. \u201cIt\u2019s really an Irish pub, with as much New Orleans as we can fit in,\u201d like the famous Louisiana treats and seasonings which line a shelf behind the bar and the red beans and rice featured on the menu. The framed posters that \u201cscream New Orleans\u201d (Fats Domino, Jazzfest) and in the back room with the dart boards, framed front pages from <i>The Times-Picayune <\/i>newspaper heralding the Saints\u2019 Super Bowl victory.\r\n\r\n\u201cAnd in the restroom, there even is a mirror that was given to the establishment by Finn McCool\u2019s,\u201d says De Shazier.\r\n\r\n\u201cLewisburg, interestingly, has a fair amount of people who are familiar with New Orleans, who have lived there.\u201d Andrea said. \u201cWe do a little Mardi Gras celebration every year and it\u2019s packed and everybody dresses up in costumes.\u201d Lewisburg is a lot more like New Orleans than one would think, she added. \u201cPeople are really friendly and everybody is kind of laid back. The feel of Lewisburg is very much like New Orleans.\u201d\r\n\r\nAnd, yes, a little bit of New Orleans fits nicely inside the city limits of Lewisburg. Especially now that the Saints have come to town.\r\n\r\n\u201cI like the Saints,\u201d O\u2019Flaherty said. \u201cWe\u2019d go see games every year. The Saints kept New Orleans together after the hurricane was over. Thank God that they stayed in New Orleans.\r\n\r\n\u201cIt\u2019s sort of like a dream,\u201d Andrea said. \u201cI never would\u2019ve guessed in a million years that the Saints would end up here.\u201d\r\n\r\n\u201cAuthenticity can plop down, make itself comfortable and thrive in the unlikeliest of places, at the unlikeliest of times,\u201d De Shazier writes. Follow John De Shazier at NewOrleansSaints.com and on FaceBook for more about the New Orleans Saints\u2019 stay in West Virginia while training at The Greenbrier.