Where It All Started

In the late fifth century, almost fourteen hundred years ago, Brendan the Navigator was born near what is today known as Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. Brendan was a descendant of a warlike king. His Celtic ancestry did not prevail and he pursued his calling to become a monk. He had adventure in his blood and when the desire to explore could no longer be suppressed, Brendan set off across the Atlantic with his pet raven on his shoulder and supposedly discovered America before Columbus.

Today, Brendan has been elevated to sainthood and his heritage remains alive in the twentieth century through St. Brendan's Crossing – an exclusive Irish import store. St. Brendan's Crossing was established in 1979 by Elaine Manning as a very integral part of the Freight House Shops in the Station Square complex, Pittsburgh, PA. The success and acclaim of this collection of specialty stores can be attributed to the individuality and high caliber of each of the selected shops. St. Brendan's is no exception; building its noted reputation on handling only the finest Irish clothing—excellence in both material and craftsmanship combined in distinctive Irish designs.

Elaine and her daughter Eileen continue to visit Ireland bringing unique and authentic Irish fashions and gifts to Pittsburgh. Elaine's daughter Eileen took the store over in 2011, and in October of 2014 she made the voyage across the Monongahela to relocate the store within the Fifth Avenue Shops. December 23, 2016 we closed our brick and mortar shop to go completely online. We are looking for locations to engage in pop-up shops-keep in touch through our Face Book page and website.

We hope you enjoy our website.


Eileen Manning