The Celtic Cowboy up for more Irish pub awards

The Celtic Cowboy is up for more awards this year at the Irish Pubs Global Conference and Awards event in Galway, Ireland.

The pub at 116 1st Ave. S. is a finalist for four award categories for the Americas: pub of the year; best Irish community pub; best entertainment pub and best sports experience.

It won the best sports experiences award for North America last year.

Owners Wayne Thares and Peter Jennings and General Manager Angela DeLange are currently on their way to Galway for the event.

The pub was named for Robert Vaughn, a Welsh settler who built the building in 1890 and was nicknamed The Celtic Cowboy.

Vaughn saw a need in downtown Great Falls for the “most advanced livery stable in the West,” according to The Celtic Cowboy owners. It was the genesis of the Arvon Block, a play on his name, R. Vaughn.

The building housed a livery stable, freight transfer office, teamster boarding house and green-grocer. Now it houses the Irish pub and Hotel Arvon. The pub opened in 2013 and the Darkhorse Hall and Darkhorse Wine Snug opened in fall 2014. Hotel Arvon opened in 2015.

For the Irish Pubs Global awards, shortlisted nominees had to fill out entry forms and upload a video explaining why they should be selected as the winner.

The awards ceremony is Oct. 9.