Kenny's Bar, Lahinch has become a landmark in North Clare, frequented by both locals and visitors alike, for its relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. A fourth generation family business, Kenny's humble origins as a coachhouse in the 1830s, has seen it evolve into a well established restaurant/pub by day and a highly regarded music venue by night.
The Village Inn as it was once known, has been part of Lahinch life for over 120 years. It owes its roots to the vision of the retired sea captain, The Skipper Lynch for it was Lynch who, in 1880, first opened the door of what was to become one of West Clare's most renowned drinking emporiums. 40 years earlier Lynch, a notorious Fenian, fled with his entire family from the rugged West Coast of Clare for Argentina. He was wanted by the occupying British authorities here for crimes against the crown. Following a life at sea he decided to return home to his beloved green isle to retire. What a pivotal decision this turned out to be.
One hundred years ago, in 1904, the Kenny name first appeared over the door when L. The Gager Hasset who also had in mind retiring to his native shore, purchased The Village Inn from the Skipper Lynch and set up his nephew Paddy Kenny and his wife Rye Kenny to take over The Village Inn and to look after him in his final years.
Lynch sold it to The Gager Hasset, a renowned whiskey taster who learned his trade in Scotland, where he had lived and worked.
In 1920 he left the pub to his grandniece Rye who, along with her husband Paddy, stood behind the counter until 1955.
In the late 1950s Paddy & Rye's son Donal took the reins. It was Donal’s endeavour and innovation that turned the pub into what we have today. With the help of his family he developed an establishment that became loved by golfers & tourists alike who were instantly seduced by the charm & warmth of welcome bestowed upon them. Now run by Donal's son Kenneth and partner Rhonda.
Kenny's Bar has welcomed many national and international acts to the stage, such as Tim O'Brien & The Crossing, Arty McGlynn, Mick Hanly & Donal Lunny, Wallis Bird, Mick Flannery, The Strypes, Lisa Hannigan, The 4 of Us, Liam Ó Maonlaí and Rónán Ó Snodaigh, Declan O'Rourke, The Lost Brothers, Fionn Regan, Gemma Hayes, Luka Bloom, The 4 of Us, Hat Fitz & Cara Robinson, The Walls, Declan Sinnott, The Woods Brothers, Ben Caplan, Hermitage Green, Booka Brass Band to name but a few.
Check out our Events Page and Facebook for up-coming events and promotions continuing to bring original music to the rugged West!
In 2018 we were delighted to be nominated for the IMRO Small Venue of the Year Awards and we continue to endorse and encourage up and coming original acts on The White Horse Sessions Stage.
The surfing revolution has brought many a new face to Lahinch and surfers are the latest tribe of customers to Kenny's Bar. Kenny's hosts The Annual Lahinch Open Surf Competition which was first presented on Dough Mor Beach in 1969. Since then, Lahinch has truly become the surfing capital of the Irish West Coast and this combined with our long golfing tradition, makes Lahinch a must see destination on Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.