The history of O'Carroll's Cove can be traced back to 1950, when Frank Monaghan, a local businessman, established a mushroom cultivating and packing business in the same location where O'Carroll's Cove Beach Bar & Restaurant is now situated. Frank Monaghan subsequently built himslef a retirement home next door and a bar & dining room was established in approx. 1951.
The Cove, circa 1980 - the original mushroom greenhouse can be seen to the left.
In 1952, Paddy Casey bought the premises and opened it up to the public. It became known as Casey's Cove from 1952 up until 1984. In 1935, Paddy Casey and his brother Steve joined the British Amateur Wrestling Team. Steve Casey became a world heavyweight wrestler who won world titles from 1936-1947.
In 1972, a Dutch man and his wife bought Casey's Cove, and managed the business until 1982.
In 1983, the Casey family organised a family reunion.
Casey Family reunion, Casey's Cove Bar, 1983. L-R "Young Patrick" (Grandson), Paddy Casey, Jim Casey, Jack Casey and Steve Casey
Local businessman Jerry O'Sullivan managed Casey's Cove from 1982 to 1984, when Catherine & Tom O'Carroll acquired the business. O'Carroll's Cove was born!
O'Carroll's Cove, 1980's
In 2011, a complete refurbishment of the premises was undertaken, completed in only 11 weeks. In 2014, the building work for Maisie Ryan's bar (next door) was completed.
O'Carroll's Cove, April 2014