[.poss Hidust. Hoolie - a hindu festival,
brought back by Irish soldiers].
In the mid-1980s while touring Europe, Craig MacDonald, owner and founder of Hooleys, made his first visit to Ireland. So taken was he by the Pub Culture of the Emerald Isle he decided there and then that he would one day import the warmth and charm of an old Irish Pub to his hometown in San Diego, California. With the help of two great friends (now partners), Craig realized his dream, and on Saint Patrick's Day of 1999, the doors to Hooleys Irish Pub & Grill first opened in Rancho San Diego.