Our story

Fitzgibbon/Aherne Family History

Our family have been running Ahernes since 1923. Originally set up as a traditional pub and shop selling everything from a pint of Guinness to a pound of Butter run by our grandparents Madge & Jimmy Aherne. The second-generation, their daughter Betty Aherne married a dashing army officer named Gerry Fitzgibbon and together they started Ahernes Seafood Restaurant specialising in the freshest of locally caught seafood from the bountiful fishing grounds off our coastline.

Their sons John & David Fitzgibbon built on the bedrooms in 1992. David is the Head Chef and ensures that the high food standards, started by his parents continue today. John & David run Ahernes with their wives Katie & Gaye who are always on hand to give personal advice to the weary traveller and ensure you recieve a warm Irish welcome.

Find us in Irelands Blue book, Karen Brown Guides, Fodors, Best Loved Hotels and other Leading guides.

Restaurant Awards

 2011 Seafood Restaurant of the Year – Georgina Campbell

 2007 Seafood Bar of the Year – Georgina Campbell

 2002/03 RAC Fine Dining Award 2 ribbons

 2002 AA Fine Food Award

 2001 AA Top Award for Quality

 1999 2 AA Rosette Awards

 1998 RAC Rosette Award for High Standard of Food

 1998 AA Premier Selected QQQQ  for Excellence

 1995/96/97 RAC Restaurant Award

 1995 AA Selected QQQQ Award

 1994 Egon Ronay’s Jameson Guide – “Seafood Dish of the Year”

 1989 Ballygowan & Bord Fáilte Award for Excellence

 1987 Ballygowan & Bord Fáilte Award for Excellence

 1985 National Bar Catering Competition – Regional Award Winners

 1984/85/86/87 RAC Rosette Award for High Standard of Cuisine

 1981/82 Bord Fáilte Certificate of Distinction towards becoming the best place to eat in Ireland

Accommodation Awards

 2010/11/12 Bim Seafood Circle Recommendation

 2009/10/11/12 Michigan  Recommendation

 2008/09/10/11/12 AA Highly Commended Award

 2005/06/07 AA Red Diamond Award

 2004/05/06 RAC Little Gem Award

 2003 AA Rosette

 2003 RAC Little Gem Award, Dining Award, Sparkling Diamond Award, Warm Welcome, 5 Diamond Rating

 2002 AA Premier Selected 5 Diamond Award – Top Award for Excellence

 2002 RAC Little Gem Award, Dining Award, Sparkling Diamond Award, Warm Welcome, 5 Diamond Rating

 2001 Designated a Best Loved Hotel – Little Gem Award

 2000 RAC Sparkling Diamond Award

 1997 AA Premier Selected 5 Diamond Award – Top Award for Excellence

 1997 The Good Hotel Guide – Cesar Award

 1995/96/97 RAC – Hospitality, Comfort & Restaurant Award

 1993/94/95 AA Selected QQQQ Awards