Tigh an tSaorsaigh
Tigh an tSaorsaigh is located in the heart of the picturesque village of Ballyferriter in the Gaeltacht, County Kerry. It is a traditional Irish pub that has been standing since circa 1870, so it is about as authentic an Irish pub as you can get!
At the beginning it was a Sibín, nestled into beautiful landscapes beside the sea and the lovely Béal Bán beach, and was owned by Mr. Kennedy. Willy Longthen bought it from Mr. Kennedy, and got a licence from the State. However, Willy was a school teacher and could not put his name on the licence, so he put his brother's name, John Long, on the pub.
Willy often exported salted mackerel to the U.S.A from Béal Bán beach, which is just a stone throw away from the pub. Following this, Willie's daughter, Neil married a man by the name of Gerald Sears. They then ran the pub until they unfortunately passed away. While they were running the pub, the local's never called it John Long’s, they called it "Tigh an t-Saorsaigh", which is what the pub is known as today. The B&B behind the bar was only built ten years ago and has gorgeous views from the bedrooms overlooking Béal Bán and Smerwick harbour.
The pub is easy to find, located on the right hand side of the road next to the museum in the centre of the village. We cater for buses and large groups also. Off season special packages for golfers and walkers too. Do not hesitate in getting in contact with us with any queries on 066-9156344.