SURF. EAT. RELAX – Making a Dream Come True

When we began our dream of setting up Driftwood in late 2013, we knew it was going to be hard work and that there would be many twists and turns to come. Little did we imagine it would take us to 2019 to get the project to a stage of just breaking ground. At last it feels like we are finally at the door to making Driftwood a reality.

It has been an exciting albeit long journey and even though frustrating at times, we know it will be absolutely worth it when Driftwood finally opens its doors overlooking St Finian’s Bay…A place where you can escape and truly relax in one of the most beautiful and wild destinations in the world.

We aim to make Driftwood a haven for anyone exploring the Wild Atlantic Way and create an authentic community hub where locals and visitors alike can meet, share stories and enjoy what St Finian’s Bay and the wider Iveragh peninsula have to offer.

Our current schedule is to build through 2019 and open our doors in early Spring 2020. We’ve been working hard to finalise our plans and are so grateful to everyone who has helped us on our journey so far and yet to come, as this dream couldn’t be made a reality without them. Through our updates and blogs we aim to take you inside Driftwood’s journey…

Obtaining planning permission for Driftwood was far from straightforward and thankfully the planners saw the merits in our design and location for the building. There are several people we need to thank for getting us this far, not least our fantastic logo designer – John Randall and our very talented website creator and developer Jacob Anderson. Including our architects Tadgh Casey and Mark Dignam at Meitheal Design Partners Architects in creating the design and especially family and friends who have continued to believe in us and supported us every step of the way to get us to the cusp of starting the build.

Although a while off yet, we thought it important to take stock at a critical point in our journey to recognise what we consider to be a major point for Driftwood and look forward to what is to come in 2019. Together with the build and starting to create our supplier portfolio, we will continue to post news and important information throughout the year. One major new feather in the Bay’s cap – will be the introduction of direct boat trips from the local pier (Caladh) in the Glen to the Skelligs. We believe this will be a major boost for the locality and bring people closer to the Skelligs.

What do we want Driftwood’s role to be for the future of St Finian’s Bay?

To create a space where you can immerse yourself in the real history of the Glen and marvel at the Skellig Rocks whilst you warm yourself by the roaring fire and fill your belly with true Irish delights. There are many characters in the Glen, sadly a lot are no longer with us and we hope to evoke memories of old and create many new ones for a generation or two to come.

In closing, we look forward to taking you on our journey and will always keep our door open for feedback, sharing ideas and creative experiences – we know that the people, from valued staff to local suppliers and customers will be what make Driftwood unique and we can’t wait to share this adventure with you.

Carl and Jenny.