Isabel Foyle a hotelier from Connemara came to Dunmore East in 1965 to buy the Haven Hotel. On arrival in Dunmore she went to the Strand for a drink and heard it was for sale and thought its location was better and decided to buy it instead. She installed her son Billy in to run it, three years later Michael Foyle, another son who was a banker in Toronto came home to Dunmore East and Billy returned to Connemara.
At the time Dunmore East was a bustling fishing port and the boats were fishing Herrings, There was a huge amount of fish being landed and The Strand was granted a late license, which enabled the bar to trade till 4am.
This was of great benefit to the Inn. At the time the police were not overly concerned about drinking and driving and in turn any one looking for a late drink and great hospitality, seemed to find their way to The Strand Inn knowing that it would be open.