March 26, 2013

Cleasathon Inis Oírr

March 30th:  1.30 pm at An Pháirc, Inis Oírr

10 K Adventure Run
10K Road Run
5 K Road Run

Cleasathon 2013 will take place this Easter Weekend on Inis Oírr, Aran Islands.  Of all places to participate in a run we can't think of any more beautiful.  Registration closes on March 28th so be sure to get your runners on!

Contact:  E-mail:    Phone Cathleen:  099-75979
Ferry travel to Inisheer  Book Ferry

March 20, 2013

Celebrate O'Brien Week at Cliffs of Moher

O'Brien Line Doolinferry & Cliffs of Moher Visitor Centre are offering special savings to the O'Brien Clan & Guests. 

For One Week Only!
All O'Brien Clan Members save 50% off when booking online~ Discount code: OBrien
All O'Brien Guests (that's everyone!) save 25% off when booking online~ Discount code: Gathering
Book online this week and save. All persons with the surname O'Brien, just enter the discount code OBrien when booking online. Proof of name must be presented upon arrival. All other guests please enter discount code Gathering. Bookings may be used at anytime during the 2013 Season, offer ends March 28th. 
Welcome Aboard!

For other O'Brien offers visit Barrtrá Seafood Restaurant and West Coast Carpets & Flooring.

 For more information on the O'Brien Clan History you can visit

March 12, 2013

St.Patricks Day Parade 2013 - Doolin

Celebrate St.Patricks Day in Doolin


The annual St.Patricks Day Parade begins from Doolin Pier at about 2:00pm.  The parade winds its way through Fisherstreet past O'Connors Pub and the Crafts & Music Shops along the way.  It then heads up past Roadford and finishes at the Russell Community Centre.

How will you be celebrating your St.Patricks Day?
We would love to hear from you!

March 06, 2013

Doolin Pier Planning to go Ahead

Councilors back Doolin Pier Plan

Currach's used for Trans-Shipment at Doolin Pier

An exurb from the Irish Times-

CONTENTIOUS PLANS to construct a €6 million pier at Doolin yesterday received the unanimous approval of Clare’s councillors in spite of concerns expressed by surfers.  At the council’s March meeting yesterday, councillors gave the plan their endorsement after Cllr Richard Nagle (FF) said: “The new pier is imperative for the economic life of north Clare, and it should proceed without delay.”

The approval for the construction of a new pier in Doolin is welcomed and long awaited by O'Brien Line & Doolinferry. 

The daily operations of the ferries have been made quite complicated by issues of having an under-developed pier since the companies founding in 1970 by Bill O'Brien.  All ferry scheduling has been at the mercy of the tides requiring the company to adjust sailings daily.  Even though a productive schedule has been established by the company, passengers still need to check on a daily basis to be sure the times haven't been altered due to tide.  Having a fully functioning pier in all tides will be infinitely beneficial to the reliability and timeliness of the ferry operations to/from Doolin. 

In the months of June through August on the days when tide is too low for the ferries to dock at Doolin Pier alternative methods to board the ferries are required.  Trans-shipment is used to ferry passengers from the pier to the awaiting ferries, 12 persons at a time.  This process can be extremely time consuming when there are hundreds of passengers waiting to board in the summer high season leading to frustrations on all parts.  All sailings outside those three months are completely subject to tide as trans-shipment is not permitted at those times. 

The over-all appearance of the existing set-up on Doolin Pier leaves a lot to be desired by tourists, local residents, and ferry employees alike.  Simple facilities such as parking and restrooms which are normally taken for granted in most popular tourist areas are sub-par/non-existent at best at Doolin Pier.  Currently there are no toilets within a 10 minute walk or even a single waste bin to accommodate thousands of tourist in the summer months.  These types of images do not exactly conjure the memories that we have when we think of the Beautiful Aran Islands and The Stunning Cliffs of Moher.  And they are certainly not the memories we want visitors to go home with either.

In the end having a facility at Doolin Pier that can respect and foster the local communities around the Doolin Area will be a very welcomed development.