Holohan’s Shop

Holohan’s Shop and Bar in Abbey was established by Martin Holohan in the 1850s. In 1966, John Holohan took over the business and managed it until he retired in 2007.  Then his daughter Niamh – the 5th generation – took over and now runs the business with her husband Colin.

You can learn more about the history and heritage of Holohan’s on our Abbey and District Heritage website:

A 100-Year Old Story – Abbey and District Heritage (

Shop Licenses and Receipts – Abbey and District Heritage (

Licences – Permission to Trade – Abbey and District Heritage (

You can learn more about shop business back in the day in this interview which features John Holohan in discussion on Stories from the Landscape – with Frank Glynn from Heritage Office Galway CoCo on Vimeo.

In recent years, rural shops have been in decline. John explains in this video: