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The Curlew would like to thank everyone who has called into us over what has been quite a hectic Summer season! It has been wonderful to see so many visit the spectacular Fanad peninsula. The end of the season has come again and with it a well deserved rest for all the staff of The Curlew! Don't worry though, we open again for 1 week at Halloween on Friday 28th October.

It's almost time...

It is almost time to open the doors of The Curlew Café and Crafts on the beautiful Fanad Peninsula for the 2015 season! We have lots to keep us busy over the next couple of weeks to prepare for an exciting season ahead. We will be ready for all the hungry Wild Atlantic Way tourists that will need a bite to eat on the Donegal part of the Wild Atlantic Way. See you all soon...

Review from The Irish Food Dude

We recently came across a lovely review of The Curlew Café on The Irish Food Dude's Blog. We would like to say thanks to him for the lovely review:

"Along a picturesque country road, overlooking Mulroy Bay stands The Curlew Cafe & Crafts. It is a beautiful old building with a purple door and flowers spilling onto the stone steps and is inviting no matter what the season. In summer it is lovely to sit in the back yard amongst the wild flowers and drink white wine in the sun. In Autumn and Winter the house has a feeling of sanctuary and cosiness, with the wild Atlantic rain battering the windows from outside while peat burns on the open fire in the main room.

The proprietors Nuala and Packie grow, catch and bake everything that is served in The Curlew. The number one dish for me is the Lobster Salad with Home Grown Leaves. The flavour and freshness is a sensation. Every morning Packie goes out in his small boat to catch the lobster and crab for the day, while Nuala bakes the brown bread to go with it. Their own garden and locally sourced organic produce do the rest.

The Curlew Club Sandwich is one of the best I've ever tried. Again, those organic herbs make all the difference. I love it on toasted white bread with a cup of tea. They also do a mean seafood chowder. Hanging around the house are local crafts including photographs, jewelery and art that make nice presents. Check this place out, you won't be disappointed."

Review on

We recently came across a lovely review of The Curlew Café on the Fanad page of We would like to say thanks to them for the mention which reads as follows:

"Visit the Curlew Cafe at Kerrykeel, a quaint little café and crafts store. Experience some of the typical delicacies of the Fanad area especially home cooking and baking. All baking is done using locally sourced organic products. Nuala, your host, will be sure to entertain you with her stories & chat!!"

Anne Biddie – This Love

The video for "This Love" by Anne Biddie was filmed on location in beautiful scenic Fanad! The video also features Packie out fishing in the water around Fanad Lighthouse on his boat "Clara".

Basking Sharks

Want to see some Basking Sharks off the coast of Fanad? Pop in to see us at The Curlew and we can arrange for you to get up close to these gentle giants on our boat (while we catch your lunch!)

Donegal International Rally
21/06/2013 – 23/06/2013

It's almost time for the Donegal International Rally! We are excited to see this year's event and we are open for the whole weekend to keep everyone fed! Check out the video above to see some highlights of the rally over the years! For more information check out the official website or visit their facebook page

Art Exhibition
6/05/2013 – 12/05/2013

The Curlew Café & Crafts is delighted to announce that we will play host to an art exhibition by local artist Orla Dill. Orla's paintings will be on display from Sunday 5th – 12th May, we are open daily from 10am to 5pm. The official opening of the exhibition is Sunday 5th May at 6pm. Light refreshments will be served and everyone is welcome!

Topaz Donegal International Rally
15/06/2012 – 17/06/2012

It's time for the Topaz Donegal International Rally! We are excited to see this year's event and we are open for the whole weekend to keep everyone fed! Take a ring side seat at the Curlew to watch the rally cars pass by over the weekend. For more information check out the official website

Kerrykeel Vintage Rally

Kerrykeel Vintage Rally will be held in the Churchgrounds on Saturday the 9th of June. There will be a full display of Stationary Engines, Cars, Tractors, Horse Memorabilia and much more. There will be something to entertain all the family throughout the day so come along and join in the fun. All proceeds in aid of church funds and local charities.

For more information contact Eric Borland on 074 91 59032 / 086 818 0154 or John Ward on 074 91 50324.

Launch of Fanad Tourist Map

The launch of the new Fanad Tourist Map was held in The Curlew Café and Crafts. It was a great success and we would like to thank everyone who came along to join us. Remember you can get a copy of the new map in every outlet on the Fanad Peninsula! If you wish to download a copy of the map you can click here – Front (Map) & Back (Sponsors)

"The Muddyboots" Garden Club Launch

The launch of "The Muddyboots" Garden Club was held in Fanavolty Hall with over 80 in attendance. Deborah Begley from Terra Nova Gardens, Co. Limerick was the guest speaker for the evening and had many helpful tips and ideas for the eager crowd. Food was provided by The Curlew Café & Crafts on the night.