The origin of the Flaherty Clan can be found on the Western coast of Ireland in the county of Galway and the Aryan
Islands. Here the Flaherty Clan earned their livelihood fishing and farming. In Galway, the Flaherty's endured a
long history rich in folklore and tradition.
In New England the Flaherty Clan's history begins with Martin Flaherty, the patriarch. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, he was
the son of an immigrant who had fled Ireland to save his family from his the horrors of the "Great Famine of 1848". Martin,
a skilled athlete and pugilist with great speed and agility, embraced a career in prizefighting. In 1898 he succeeded in
defeating the world champion of the day. Martin retired from prizefighting in 1908 and purchased a large farm in Tewksbury,
Massachusetts where he and his wife, Anna, raised five sons. Here, Martin established the "Wameset Riding Academy" and a
seasonal training camp for young prizefighters.
The story of the Flaherty's on Aquidneck Island begins with Frank D. Flaherty, Martins third born son. Drawn to the ocean,
Frank traveled to the coast and eventually settled in Newport with his new bride, Ethel. Together, they raised five sons and
a daughter and imbued in them a love and appreciation for the sea. Frank become an accomplished angler and local fishing
legend. Today, The Flaherty Clan has spread across the country but all of them have maintained links with the sea either in
angling or sailing.
With over thirty-five years of Newport, RI fishing experience, Capt. Tim Flaherty has been plying local waters finding fishing hot spots. With son Jed and mate Chris, both Newport natives, fishing has been a way of life. Equipped with the finest gear, remarkable angling skills, they promise to make your fishing excursion, exciting, memorable and just plain fun. The Flaherty's phenomenal fishing success rate has averaged over 99 percent over the last three years.
The Flaherty's specialize in reef, wreck, and rip light-tackle Newport RI charter fishing. They offer full day(6hrs.) or half day(4hrs.) excursions catching bass, ledgemonsters (bluefish over 10 lbs. & 32"), fluke, tautog and shark. They will fillet and package your catch free of charge. Snacks, soft drinks and even suntan lotion are provided for your convenience. If you wish, a catered lunch from Newport's oldest deli, The Sandwich Board., can be provided for a modest fee.
Capt. Tim, who taught highs school and college courses, was an Adjunct Professor of History at R.I.C. He loves to share Newport's rich local maritime history and pirate lore while in route to the fishing grounds. The history of Narragansett Bay has always been a hobby with the Captain and he will be more than willing to share information about landmarks and lighthouses. Mate Chris, Jed and Capt. Tim are all native Newporters and will provide you with information about Newport's diverse attractions, restaurants and pubs.