Doolin Pier

Doolin Pier

Doolin Pier News.

Operators of MV Tranquility ferry plead guilty to overloading.

172 passengers on a ship permitted to carry 95.

Judge Mary Larkin commented “I wouldn’t like to be on a boat myself if it was overloaded nor would I like to be on a boat that went down.”

This ship has been operated by the O’Brien family for many years.

Here is the story from the Irish Mirror. HERE

Full story due to appear soon. on the Visit Doolin Blog


The old pier had proved useful and served fishermen for years. Then, the ferries to the Aran Islands started in the 1970’s. As The Aran Islands grew in popularity as a tourist venue the number of ferry boats and the volume of passengers has grown every year. For the last decade or more the existing pier has proved to be unsuitable and even dangerous. The old pier is not accessible at low tide and this means that passengers were forced to use smaller curraghs to board the ferries. Learn about Doolin Pier here. Comprehensive history review under way. Get it here first.

Currently 2 ferry companies and a café conduct business at the pier.

New Doolin Pier.

Construction on a new pier commenced in 2014 and is  completed.

Read about the official opening of Click Here for Doolin Pier opening story.


Read the construction news from the contractors L&M Keatings HERE

Doolin Pier is approximately 2km from Doolin Village

Doolin Ferry operators plead guilty to overloading.