Historic Public House and Restaurant
Carron R.I.C. Station (Royal Irish Constabulary) was built for the British forces in the 180's to patrol the high Burren.
It was operated by the R.I.C. until April 3rd 1920 when it was attacked and burned by the Irish Volunteers, it lay in ruin until 1926 when it was rebuilt and used as a Garda Barracks until it was closed in 1955 in more peaceful times.
The Cassidy family have owned and operated a licensed Pub and Grocery business in Carron since 1830, (Unlicensed, since 1797). In 1956 it was moved from the original premises (now rebuilt as self-catering accommodation) when this station came for sale.
The day room (office) is now our public bar and all the woodwork and furnishings are made of wood from the old station. The door adjacent to the fireplace is the original lock up cell door.
The view from the back window overlooks the largest Turlough (disappearing lake) in Europe. In the winter it is a lake covering 200 acres, 5 meters deep, and in the summer it is the light brown coloured area of grass in the valley between the green fields and the grey limestone pavement. It flows into an underground cave on the southern end which takes it under the mountain to Kilnaboy where it emerges to join the river Fergus. It will fill or disappear in 3 days depending on the weather.
Because of the terrain and land ownership "Goats" have always played a large part in the lives of the people in this area. Kid meat (Mionain), goat’s milk and goat’s cheese were the traditional food, so we are proud to include some Burren Mionain dishes on our menu.
The beef we use is Shorthorn, reared on our own farm, any meat we cannot supply is produced (not just processed) on Irish Farms in the Republic of Ireland and from local butchers where possible. Our lettuces are grown by Celtic Salads in New Quay and vegetables are supplied by Green Acres in Ennis.
We hope you enjoy our home cooking, baking and Burren hospitality.