History and Heritage

Friels Historic Bar and Restaurant was established in 1837.

In its early days was used as a soup kitchen in the Great Famine of the 1840s.

It had various owners throughout the late 1800s, where its main use was a Hotel and an Inn with a Post Office. Many a weary traveller stopped off for refreshments and to sample the local hospitality (or perhaps to send a telegram home of the sights and stories from their visit to Swatragh!)

It also was used by ‘Dr Mooney’ who had his surgery here, where many a tonic was given and ailment cured.

The premises was bought at public auction by John Friel on 26th September 1903 the deeds are displayed in the Public Bar, with the original wooden bar and ceiling intact.