Ivan Beschoff


Ivan Beshoff, also known as Ivan Beshov (1882/84 – 25 October 1987), led a life as colourful and eventful as the times he lived in. Born near Odessa, Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire, Beshoff’s journey took him from the decks of the battleship Potemkin to the streets of Dublin, where he became an enduring figure in the community.
Beshoff’s early years were marked by a spirit of rebellion and a quest for justice. After fleeing his home to join the Russian Navy, he found himself in the midst of the historic mutiny on the Potemkin in 1905. The uprising, sparked by mistreatment and poor conditions, catapulted Beshoff into the annals of history as one of the last surviving participants of the mutiny.
Following the Potemkin uprising, Beshoff embarked on a journey that would shape the rest of his life. Fleeing to Britain, he crossed paths with Vladimir Lenin and James Larkin, two influential figures who kindled his interest in Ireland. Settling in Dublin in 1913, Beshoff found work as an agent for Russian Oil Products, marking the beginning of his long association with the city.
Despite facing challenges, including arrests on suspicion of espionage, Beshoff persevered and eventually established himself as a respected member of the Dublin community. After the collapse of Russian Oil Products in 1940, he ventured into the world of entrepreneurship, opening a fish and chip shop on North Strand Road. Over the years, the business flourished and became a beloved fixture in Dublin, passing down through generations of the Beshoff family.
Beshoff’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to expand his business, and he later moved his shop to Usher’s Quay and then to Sundrive Road in Crumlin(where the Fish Bar is now), further embedding himself in the fabric of Dublin life.
Beyond his business ventures, Beshoff remained deeply connected to his roots and his faith. A devout follower of the Russian Orthodox Church, he maintained ties to his homeland despite the distance. His visits to the Soviet Union in 1927, 1937, and 1962 served as a testament to his enduring bond with Russia.
In his later years, Beshoff became a symbol of resilience and longevity. Fondly known as “John” to his friends, he continued to work in the fish and chip shop well into his advanced age, embodying the spirit of hard work and determination.
Beshoff’s remarkable life came to an end on October 25, 1987, leaving behind a legacy that endures to this day. As the last surviving participant of the Potemkin mutiny, he bore witness to history and left an indelible mark on both Russia and Ireland. His story serves as a testament to the power of perseverance, resilience, and the enduring human spirit.

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Connection with area: Ukrainian businessman who set up Fish and Chip shop on Sundrive Road.