Family run since 1958, Patricia and Gerard Kennedy took over The Bridge Bar in 1988, adding The Moorings Restaurant in 1994 with six rooms above. The Moorings Restaurant quickly obtained a reputation for fine dining specializing in fresh seafood landed at the local pier.
In 1998 the Bridge Bar underwent a complete transformation to become the very special place we know today – offering a warm and comfortable dining experience by the large open fire and a place to have a relaxing pint by the bar, along with a dance floor to accommodate the more active!
The following year, eight new rooms were added to the Moorings with the emphasis on space, style and comfort. 2006 saw the refurbishment of the original accommodation area and the addition of a further 5 rooms above the new Gift Shop, ‘Cois Cuain’.
In 2015 & 2017, Star Wars, The Force Awakens & The Last Jedi, were filmed on Skellig Michael off Portmagee. There’s nothing more endearing than knowing that some of the Hollywood’s biggest movie stars like Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley and Director J.J Abrams have visited the sleepy village of Portmagee, and even sat in the Bridge Bar local pub where Mark Hamill poured a pint of Guinness behind the bar.
The Moorings was home to the pre-production team of the Star Wars VII movie and you can visit the room where all the magic took place and listen to the stories told by the staff. During the time of filming, the village was alive with media, journalists and Star Wars fans. Portmagee has since become a tourist hot spot for tourists and fans to visit the once “sleepy town of Portmagee” to listen to the stories