Tom Crean Base Camp

About Us

About Us

We are a family run restaurant, opened by Matt (R.I.P.) and Aileen in 1992. Our son Cian has now joined the team.

We are passionate about providing you with the best quality food in a unique relaxed environment, surrounded by memorabilia of my grandfather Tom Crean, famous Irish Antarctic Explorer. This is the only restaurant in the world that a granddaughter of an Irish Antarctic Explorer cooks your dinner.

Our dedicated team work to create a relaxed but attentive ambiance.

In 2017 we opened the Ice Bar, a Irish Craft Ales and Wine Bar, stocking locally brewed beers, including gluten free and cider with Frizzante and wines on tap.  Why not pop in for a drink in a relaxing surrounding and if feeling peckish avail of our Bar Menu.

A Brief History

Tom Crean Fish & Wine (formerly d’Arcy’s Kenmare) is an Award Winning Restaurant & Townhouse in Kenmare, Co Kerry run by Tom Crean’s granddaughter Aileen Crean O’Brien and offers the perfect location and combination of food and accommodation.  Tom Crean Fish & Wine is at the top of Main Street opposite Kenmare Golf Club (practically the 19th), five minutes from the Pier, Reenagros Park, the Stone Circle and shops.  Awarded the ‘Silver’ grade by Green Tourism – we use local organic produce, we are dedicated to the protection of our seas, our maritime communities and all forms of marine life.

The first recording of 25 Main Street is in 1819 when it is listed in the town map as being leased to Samuel Kingston for the princely sum of 2s 6d a year! A visit to his shop to pawn items of clothing and bedding was the final stop-gap action of those about to enter the workhouse…

In order to service the new market town Munster Bank was persuaded to open a branch in the town in return for receiving premises rent free for 5 years. As an added incentive the accounts of Kenmare Union were transferred from the National Bank in Killarney to the new Kenmare Bank. It was soon “fitted out in superior style” at Lord Lansdowne’s expense. In 1870 the bank seemed to be doing well and farmers were encouraged to lodge/invest their money instead of leaving it at home in danger. In 1885 the bank collapsed during an agricultural crisis.

After the Bank, Dr. Horgan bought the building. It then passed to Masie Murphy, she had a boarding house there. A short spell as a school followed and there was a reunion of one of these classes recently held in the existing restaurant.


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