The Oarsman

Waterways IrelandThis new award introduces a topic very close to the Guide’s heart - we have published a little guide to hospitality along Ireland’s inland waterways for almost a decade, and it has had the support of Waterways Ireland since 2004.

Although it is aimed mainly at people who are enjoying this fantastic amenity by boat, many of the recommended restaurants and hostelries are also included in our main Ireland guide, and this award should help to introduce a lot of new visitors to a side of Ireland that is still unknown to many – what a wonderful surprise they have in store.

And a real treat awaits those who visit our inaugural winner, The Oarsman in Carrick-on-Shannon. Chosen, of course, as a benchmark to flag the very best hospitality to be found along the waterways, this outstanding pub has all the old-fashioned virtues – an atmospheric bar with open fires, warm hospitality from caring hands-on owners, brothers Conor and Ronan Maher and their well trained staff – and seriously good modern food showcasing local produce.

Simply the best.

The Oarsman - Carrick on Shannon County Leitrim Ireland
17 votes

The Oarsman

Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Denotes genuine Irish food culture, ie special Irish food products/companies/producers, and highlights the best places to shop for regional and artisan foods; the selection excludes obvious 'non-Irish' elements regardless of quality, eg ethnic restaurants and specialists in coffee, wine and other drinks, unless relevant to local production or history. Eat & Stay establishments are chosen for their commitment to showcasing local produce and Irish hospitality. Pub with good food and atmosphere Previous Georgina Campbell Guides Award Winner The "Best of the Best" - Only the very best establishments across various categories have been chosen for this accolade
This attractive and characterful pub in Carrick on Shannon is run by brothers Conor and Ronan Maher, sons of former Carrick-on-Shannon hoteliers, Rosaleen and the late Tom Maher (see entry for Hollywell), and it will be very clear to anyone who visits ...

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