History – The Deasys
The Deasy family were brewers and sea merchants. They built up a reputation as smugglers, at which trade they were very successful. Deasy schooners regularly transported the patriot Daniel O’Connell and his family to France from nearby Galley Head.
A shipyard flourished at Deasy’s Quay in the early and mid-nineteenth century when several schooners were built. The schooner ‘Catherine‘, 87 tonnes, was built here in 1840.