Denis (b. 1826) & Bridget aka Biddy (Tower or Travers) Callaghan established an Inn at the foothills of the Blue Stack Mountains.
1901 Census described Biddy's as "A public house with 5 rooms, slated rood, with 3 persons in family"
Biddy's O'Barnes became one of the first licensed premises in the country, and possibly the first in Donegal.
Pub was passed to son, John (b. 1857) & wife Rose (McMenamin) Callaghan
Briefly called "John Callaghan's" as it was a legal requirement to display the proprietor’s name over the front door of the premises after legislation passed in 1872.
Bridget (Travers) Callaghan passed away
John officially dedicates the pub to his mother by naming it "Biddy's of Barnes"
Denis Callaghan passed away Family legend has it that the day Dinny's wife died he ordered his own grave dug at the same time.
John Callaghan passes away, wife Rose continues to run the pub.
Rose (McMenamin) Callaghan dies and pub passes to daughter, Rose Callaghan. "Near closing, Rosie would call “time” and then make everyone say the rosary. Following the prayers, she would start serving drinks again."
Rose adds Shell petrol pumps to the front of the pub
Rose Callaghan passes away and Biddy's is run by brother Joe Callaghan and wife Kitty.
Rose Callaghan passes away and Biddy's is run by nephew, Terrance Callaghan.
Extension by Terrance Callaghan added on the current lounge and relocated the bar service to it's current location. It also added the current kitchen, bathroom & storage facilities as well as a lounge in the upstairs.
Petrol Pumps Close
Biddy's is purchased by Terrence's friends, John & Carmel Slevin.
Carmel Slevin passes away and the pub continues to be run by John Slevin and family.
The Clar-Barnesmore road realignment was complete, now the N15 runs behind Biddy's instead of outside the front door!
John Slevin passes away and pub passes to son Aaron Slevin.
Biddy's O'Barnes wins "Best Pint of Guinness in Donegal" via the Donegal Democrat.
Renovation of the front room and turf shed to a cozy dining area.
Appointment of Executive Chef Team Chris McMenamin & Colin McKee.