History of Doolin2Aran Ferries
Doolin2Aran Ferries started operating with just Cliffs of Moher cruises on board the Moher Princess.
In 2005, she was sold and we had the Jack B purpose-built to sail to Inis Oirr as well as the Cliffs of Moher. Then in 2009, we added another purpose-built ship, the Doolin Discovery to our fleet and expanded our ferry service to all three Aran Islands as well as the ever popular Cliffs of Moher cruise.
The company is owned and operated by four brothers, PJ, Eugene, Joe and Donie Garrihy.
According to Eugene – “There’s a great sense of support when you’re working with family, and a great sense of trust. The sea has a strange ability to hold you together down through the years. When you are in the sea, you look after each other, and I think that has brought itself on to the shore here as well and on to the business.”
PJ was a fisherman out of Doolin for over 30 years. He saw an untapped opportunity when he noticed that while everyone seemed intent on bringing tourists to the top of the Cliffs of Moher, no one was providing them with a view from the sea. And so a business was born.
He was once asked:
“You used to be fishing for fish, now you’re fishing for tourists, what would be the main difference?” “Well”, said PJ, “it’s not as smelly anyway!”