Family-based business operating to Clare Island and Inishturk Island for generations

The O’Grady Family have been operating a service to Clare Island since 1880.

The “Pirate Queen” named after the infamous 16th century Grace O’Malley(Granuaile), who lived on Clare Island during the course of her life as a “chief commander and director of thieves and murderers at sea”.

The “Clew Bay Queen” licensed to carry 96 passengers takes 20 minutes to make the crossing and is the largest ferry on the Clare Island service. The “Sea Sprinter” is licensed to carry 35 passengers and takes 10 minutes to make the crossing.

The journey gives enough time to view and photograph a most spectacular coastline which includes Achill Island, the Nephin Mountains, Clew Bay, Croagh Patrick, Killary Harbour, Renvyle and Inishbofin.

Special trips to and from Inishturk and Achill Island can be arranged for groups.

  • Operating the Clare Island Ferry service since 1880
  • Fully certified by Failte Ireland and the Department of the Marine
  • Roonagh Quay (west of Louisburgh) to Clare Island takes just 10 minutes
  • Operating year-round
  • Beautiful scenery

Operated Daily Year Round

Regular daily services year round.

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Useful Information

Check out the range of facilities, services and other useful information.

PARKING: There is a large car park at Roonagh Point

GROUPS: Special trips to and from Inishturk and Achill Island can be arranged for groups. For group activities on the island please visit the website


  • Nominated top 10 Activities along the Wild Atlantic Way
  • Nominated top 5 Best Places to Go Wild in Ireland.
Getting There

Roonagh Quay is located on the R335, 8km west of Louisburgh

Map Location: 53.761460, -9.903720
Contact Clare Island Ferry – O’Grady’s

Roonagh Point, Louisburgh, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

Eircode: F28 W8P3
T: +353 (0)98 23737
T: +353 (0)86 851 5003
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