Do you need to be Irish to run an Irish pub?
Yes and no. While ideally running an Irish pub is best done by the Irish for authenticity, it is not necessary. But honestly you should pretend to be Irish. There is a high immigrant population in modern Ireland, so realistically anyone can say that they have Irish heritage. Let it just be part of your pub.
Like millions of Americans, I am from a proud Irish heritage. My family came over to the United States in the nineteenth century. After a couple of generations of struggle, my great-grandparents were able to pull themselves up and become successful entrepreneurs