We at The Lagoon have a lot of history to share, well actually nearly 110 years of history. We are planning on having a 110 year celebration this year and to tell you why this is a little bit of Lagoon, Termon history! We hope you enjoy and we hope if you have memories dating back as far as 1 year or 110 years (from family and friends over the generations who have stopped in at the Lagoon, photos or stories we would love you to share with us). Thank you to everyone for nearly 110 years! A great milestone for us all! And even better memories! Go Raith Maith Agat!
The Lagoon, Termon –
The McCafferty family of three generations from the Lagoon in Termon, Co. Donegal are busy planning their 110th year in business celebrations which is due to take place in 2016. This rural Donegal, community family run business was established in 1906 by the late John McCafferty and it was originally opened as a shop, hardware and drapery store. Because of it’s location on the main road to the west and from Letterkenny, their customers came from every direction of Donegal to shop.
In 1953 John’s wife Gracie McCafferty sought a liquor licence and opened a very small public house which was attached to the shop and drapery store. The public house still known locally as Gracie’s became one of the best known watering holes in the county over the years, all types of people travelling to Letterkenny from the west made it an essential part of their journey to call into the Lagoon to have a chat with well known Gracie and the locals.
In 1974 Gracie’s son Johnny opened a dance hall which quickly became one of the busiest venues in the country and people travelled from all over the county and country to enjoy the famous bands at the Lagoon. The dance hall became a roaring success and many’s the relationship and marriage came out of the dances at The Lagoon.
In 1988 the Lagoon moved expanded again when Johnny and Sheila McCafferty decided to do a complete renovation and extension and they opened their Restaurant.
The Lagoon celebrated its first wedding in 1988 of local couple Hughie and Nora Murray. Throughout the nineties the Lagoon became renowned for great weddings and to this day it is one of the best wedding venues in the county, The Lagoon prides itself on great food, great service and this intimate family run venue ensures that each couple are guaranteed attention to detail on their special day.
Over the years the lagoon has been renowned for good food, very few have left hungry or disappointed over the years. The addition of 8 very luxurious en-suite rooms in 2009, finished to a very high standard and the construction of Gracie’s Old Thatched traditional bar in 2010 has been a major success to the business.
In 2013 the development of a a large spacious car park makes it very easy and accessible for travellers, tourists & bus tours to stop when travelling on the n56 which is now a main route on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. If you are on a bus tour, or just out for a scenic drive driving to Glenvegh National Park, Mount Errigal, ionad Cois locha, Dunlewey, Gweedore, The Glebe Gallery, Colmcile Heritage Centre, Marble Hill Beach, Ards Forrest Park, Dunfanaghy, just to mention a few within close proximity of The Lagoon, you will surely pass the Lagoon Restaurant & Guesthouse, so why not stop in & sample a bit of the warm traditional hospitality, great food and even better craic that awaits you.
Anyone who has had a christening, birthday party, dinner dance, family gathering or a special occasion at the Lagoon has never left disappointed and will always get the warm, family run welcome that has been handed down through the generations for nearly 110 Years! The McCafferty family are looking forward to sharing 110 years of history with their loyal local customers, family & friends, whose custom has been always greatly appreciated & valued.
Here’s to the next 110 Years! And here is a photo of the well known lady herself, Gracie McCafferty!