Munster’s upscale restaurant and guesthouse, Aherne’s Seafood Restaurant of Youghal, is a €2million catch
One of the country’s best-known seafood restaurants and fine lodging businesses, Aherne’s of Youghal, has gone up for sale, just before celebrating 100 years in family ownership.
The thriving business on North Main St in East Cork City, near the River Blackwater and the Cork-Waterford border, is coming to market after being run by three generations of the Fitzgibbon family.
The Ahernes passed the business on to their daughter Betty, who married a Dublin and Irish Army officer, Captain Gerry Fitzgibbon. The military connection continued when their son Johnny also enlisted, holding the same rank of captain for a time before retiring early from service, to serve the public more directly with his wife Katie, and his brother David and his wife Gaye.
They added the accommodation suites on an expanded site in the early 1990s, to a mansard roof designed by architect Dominic O’Flynn, with a country house interior design and made by builder Jim Davis. The property has a C2 BER, an adjacent site with parking, greenhouse and herb beds, and has the option of adding up to 10 more bedrooms, says auctioneer Dominic Daly.
Highly rated by a number of guidebooks and winning numerous awards over three decades, the luxury accommodation business of restaurants and townhouses with 14 large en-suite bedrooms and the owners’ apartment is part of Ireland’s elite Blue Book network of country houses, mansions and top restaurants. . The Blue Book’s voucher system is a key part of Ahernes’ high turnover, the family says.
The family say Youghal has continued to bounce back, with things like the Ironman giving the town added profile and energy, and the success of the Waterford Greenway on the Dungarvan county border has impacted their business. They predict that the East Cork Greenway, along the old Cork-Youghal railway line, will boost Youghal’s profile and businesses in tandem.
Other clients over the decades have included political leaders, entertainment figures from Ireland and abroad, sporting legends from the GAA, rugby and horse racing – but names are not knowingly disclosed by discreet hosts and “some had to be put to bed after a good night’s visit.”
DETAILS: Dominic Daly, 021-4277399