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A rural, family-run pub since 1870.

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Biddy’s O’Barnes


This famous traditional Irish pub is nestled at the foothills of the Blue Stack Mountains, on the Banks of the Lowerymore River, nine miles from Ballybofey and six miles from Donegal Town. Biddy’s was originally an Inn, dating back to the 18th century, a time when the Coach was the main form of transport, here was a stopping point, where horses were rested, and travellers relaxed before the next stage of their long and tiring journey through the Gap. Biddy’s O’Barnes, to this day remains a stopping point for today’s traveller. People from all over the world now pass through these doors. Pub grub served daily. However you spend your time with us, we hope you enjoy your visit.

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[wvc_process_container help=””][wvc_process_item type=”none” title=”~ 1870″ text=”Denis (b. 1826) & Bridget aka Biddy (Tower or Travers) Callaghan established an Inn at the foothills of the Blue Stack Mountains.” background_image=”5780″][wvc_process_item i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-envelope-open-o” title=”1901″ text=”1901 Census described Biddy’s as “A public house with 5 rooms, slated rood, with 3 persons in family“”][wvc_process_item i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-bars” title=”1903″ text=”Biddy’s O’Barnes became one of the first licensed premises in the country, and possibly the first in Donegal.”][wvc_process_item type=”none” title=”1909″ text=”Pub was passed to son, John (b. 1857) & wife Rose (McMenamin) Callaghan” background_image=”5915″][wvc_process_item type=”none” title=”~1910″ text=”Briefly called “John Callaghan’s“ as it was a legal requirement to display the proprietor’s name over the front door of the premises after legislation passed in 1872.” background_image=”5913″][/wvc_process_container]
[wvc_process_container help=””][wvc_process_item i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-bars” title=”1913″ text=”Bridget (Travers) Callaghan passed away”][wvc_process_item type=”none” title=”1913″ text=”John officially dedicates the pub to his mother by naming it “Biddy’s of Barnes“” background_image=”5914″][wvc_process_item i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-bars” title=”1914″ text=”Denis Callaghan passed away

Family legend has it that the day Dinny’s wife died he ordered his own grave dug at the same time.”][wvc_process_item i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-bars” title=”1931″ text=”John Callaghan passes away, wife Rose continues to run the pub.”][wvc_process_item type=”none” title=”1938″ text=”Rose (McMenamin) Callaghan dies and pub passes to daughter, Rose Callaghan.

“Near closing, Rosie would call “time” and then make everyone say the rosary. Following the prayers, she would start serving drinks again.“” background_image=”5916″][/wvc_process_container]

[wvc_process_container help=””][wvc_process_item i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-bars” title=”1960’s” text=”Rose adds Shell petrol pumps to the front of the pub”][wvc_process_item type=”none” title=”1977″ text=”Rose Callaghan passes away and Biddy’s is run by brother Joe Callaghan and wife Kitty. ” background_image=”5917″][wvc_process_item type=”none” title=”1977″ text=”Rose Callaghan passes away and Biddy’s is run by nephew, Terrance Callaghan.” background_image=”5917″][wvc_process_item type=”none” title=”1979/1980″ text=”Extension by Terrance Callaghan added on the current lounge and relocated the bar service to it’s current location. It also added the current kitchen, bathroom & storage facilities as well as a lounge in the upstairs.” background_image=”5720″][wvc_process_item type=”none” title=”1980″ text=”Petrol Pumps Close” background_image=”5918″][wvc_process_item i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-handshake-o” title=”1990″ text=”Biddy’s is purchased by Terrence’s friends, John & Carmel Slevin.”][/wvc_process_container]
[wvc_process_container help=””][wvc_process_item type=”none” title=”1990″ text=”Carmel Slevin passes away and the pub continues to be run by John Slevin and family.” background_image=”5912″][wvc_process_item i_icon_fontawesome=”fa fa-road” title=”2001″ text=”The Clar-Barnesmore road realignment was complete, now the N15 runs behind Biddy’s instead of outside the front door!”][wvc_process_item type=”none” title=”2014″ text=”John Slevin passes away and pub passes to son Aaron Slevin.” background_image=”5788″][wvc_process_item type=”none” title=”2017″ text=”Biddy’s O’Barnes wins “Best Pint of Guinness in Donegal“ via the Donegal Democrat.” background_image=”2788″][/wvc_process_container]

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