Doolin Ferry Company Sold

The Doolin2Aran ferry company, which runs daily trips to the Aran Islands and scenic trips around the Cliffs of Moher from Doolin in north Co Clare, has said it is selling its ferry business to a rival company which also operates ferries from the Clare village.

Liscannor Ferry Company Limited, known as the Doolin2Aran ferries and owned by the Garrihy family, has agreed to sell its ferry service to the rival O'Brian ferry company, known as Baid Farantoireachta An Chosta, for an undisclosed sum.

As part of the deal, two 200-passenger ferries – the Star of Doolin and the Spirit of Doolin – along with the 70-seater Doolin Discovery vessel, offices and equipment will transfer to the new owners. The company employs 20 people at its Doolin base.

Doolin2Aran ferries has been owned and run by the Garrighy family, brothers Joe, PJ, Eugene and Donie, for over 20 years, and had a long family association fishing in the North Clare area prior to establishing the Cliffs of Moher cruises and the Aran islands ferry service in 1999.