Maggies Tavern started in 1919 and was run by a poor farming family. Maggie was the eldest daughter and she dedicated herself to family life after she left school, helping her mother with the household duties and farming. In the 1940’s, Maggie purchased a shop where she worked for a number of years, until she went to take over a pub at Brogan’s Quay in the late 1940s.
Brogan’s Quay was situated along the River Foyle. The location at the time housed an entire community that was entrenched in fishing. Fishing at this time, was a lucrative way for the average person to make a living. This unlocked opportunities for people like Maggie’s family, and the surrounding community to not just provide for themselves and their families but also to seek out business opportunities and create more work for themselves and others. Maggie went on to build the present day Maggies Tavern on its site now in Carrickmore, StJohnston. Maggie passed away; however, her legacy remains through her family.
Alice Lynch Maggies niece runs the current day Maggies. Alice has continued the tradition of being a family friendly and family-run pub. Today, Maggies Tavern features a pub and restaurant, with live music, darts, talent competitions, charity events, pool, cards, pub quizzes and live football on the big screens on a regular basis. The TR BBQ Pig on the Spit an annual Charity Events has raised over €140 and “Around Donegal Cycle” raised €125k over7 years with Maggies being the heart of the fun event. They have also continued to support their local community by purchasing produce from local businesses to use in the bar and restaurant and also, through raising funds for local charity initiatives. Maggies Tavern also offers an online ordering service whereby you can purchase Sunday lunch and gift vouchers are for sale for those looking to treat a loved one.