About Monks     At the Heart of the Harbour

“If you ever go across the sea to Ireland,
then maybe at the closing of your day
you will sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh
and see the sun go down on Galway Bay.”
From the song ‘Galway Bay’ by Arthur Colahan

Monks (Formerly O’Lochlains) was established in 1980 by Michael and Bernadette Monk. It was a local bar and food store for the people of North Clare for many generations. It was a drop off point for people taking the boat to Galway, Aran Islands and further afield and was renowned for its seafood chowder, fish cakes and other seafood delights. Monks was refurbished to a high standard in 2016 and the aim was to marry old and new to create an authentic, comfortable , relaxed place to hangout , eat and drink with family and friends.

The stunning vistas of Galway Bay giving way to the wide open Atlantic – next-stop, New York. This is the little haven of Irish west coast beauty that is Ballyvaughan – proud home of Monks Seafood Bar and Restaurant. Here you’ll find us perfectly placed and expertly equipped to offer you the very best of Irish seafood fare in traditional, rustic and picturesque surroundings.

Local         at its best

Traditional, rustic and local. Fresh, flavourful and full of goodness.  This is what Monks Ballyvaughan food is all about – because we bring you ‘local’ at its best.


Ballyvaughan is a village in North Clare on the west coast of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic way.
It is full of historical richness, and archaeological sites, known for its limestone landscapes overlooking Galway bay,is an ideal place to visit for any traveller.
Walking, cycling, rock climbing, surfing, kayaking and angling are but some of the fabulous activities to immerse in.
There’s the farmers market, craft fare, traditional music , to heighten the senses.
Places to eat and drink, all within walking distance within the village.
Be it a lone break or romantic duo, family time or relaxing with friends, it’s all here in Ballyvaughan.

Take the coast road from Ballyvaughan to Lisdoonvarna and Doolin and take in the breathtaking views of the roughed landscape, see Galway bay the three historic aran islands.