The original founder, creator, and pioneer of the ferries from Doolin to The Aran Islands is our very own Bill O’Brien. It’s a story of chance and good old Irish creativity! Bill was a young local farmer who often visited the fine establishments of Doolin (the pubs of course). One fine summer’s day he met two American ladies who were visiting the area. Being able to see the Aran Islands from Doolin Pier they asked Bill:
“Can you tell us what’s out there across the water?”
“I can do you one better, I’ll show you!”
Liam O’Brien with Shane Ross, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and Maureen Ledwith Sales Director of Holiday World Shows.
Liam is Bill O’Brien’s son and business partner in The Doolin Ferry Company. No resemblance there at all! Liam is our First Captain, General Manager, and all around go to guy so you can find him doing everything from sailing your ferry to giving you live commentary on our Cliffs of Moher Cruise.
So off they set out from Doolin Pier in a traditional currach for an adventure to Aran and history was made. Little did the two ladies know that was his maiden voyage in the year of 1970.
Over the many years since as Ireland changed so did the original ‘Doolin Ferries’. That original company no longer exists as it has grown and transformed into Doolin Ferry with Bill O’Brien! Bill is always seeking to improve and grow his business working within the local environment. Little by little with the help of his son Liam O’Brien and family he upgraded his fleet gradually to what it is today. To this day we have many a’ visitor return that has traveled with Bill in the early years. They have fond memories of the 70′s, 80′s, and 90’s when they traveled to the islands in a much different time.
Bridgette Brew and Niall Gibbons, Chief Executive of Tourism Ireland.
Bridgette Brew is the first class manager of our Sales Crew and she’s here to help with any trade or group reservations. Anything you need on your trip with Bill O’Brien’s Doolin Ferry, she’ll take care of it!