About the pub
For 10 years Claddagh was a fruit and veg shop owned by a Galway man from Athenry (“Eddie banana”). Gerry (Claddagh’s owner) took over in 2006 and redid the whole space, transforming it into an authentic Irish pub.
Gerry has an historic background in playing music and drinking in the pubs. He started playing in Galway back in the 80s, then traveled to Mallorca for 6 summers playing gigs for Dirty Nelly’s (a local Irish bar).
In 2001 Gerry got an opportunity to play in Tenerife for the first time, started playing in O’Reilly’s bar and Irish Times in Los Cristianos.
A real multi-instrumentalist, he plays all sorts of instruments – banjo, guitar, flute, mandolin, bodhran – and even the vocals!
He knows what a good pub needs so he started one himself. The authentic Irish feel, good music, good craic and a pint of Guinness that challenges the myth of “Guinness doesn’t travel”. And the ocean view from the terrace is the only thing you won’t find in most other Irish pubs…
Best Guiness Award
TripAdvisor winners for the “Best Irish Pub in Tenerife” for 4 years (certificate of excellence: 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2020)
The Claddagh ring
And crown it with my love”
The Claddagh symbol today, is regarded as a sign of Peace, Friendship and love. It is thought that the earliest maker of the Claddagh ring was a Galway goldsmith named Joyce who learned the craft of goldsmithing in a rather romantic way.
He was taken from his home as a youth by Algerian pirates, and spent many year in captivity in Tunis. There he acquired skill as an artificer in precious metals.
When William III came to the throne of England in 1689, he concluded an agreement whereby all his subjects who were held in captivity by the Moors were to be allowed to return to their homes. Joyce’s dusky master had become so attached to him that he attempted to keep the Galwayman by offering him his most beautiful daughter as his bride. This offer, however, Joyce refused, and returned to his homeland to follow his career.
Several examples of his ecclesiastical works are in existence. He flourished as a worker in gold and silver in Galway up to about 1730, and unless the Claddagh ring was a pure invention on his part, we must assume that the emblem we now associate with the Claddagh enjoys an antiquity of some three hundred years.
The hands donate friendship, The crown loyalty, The heart love