Ballybunion, Co. Kerry

Ballybunion (Irish: Baile an Bhuinneánaigh) is a coastal village in County Kerry 8 km (5 miles) from the town of Listowel.  There is a castle ruins, near the town although all that remains is a single wall, are two golf courses in the area, including the famous Ballybunion Golf Club.

In the summer, Ballybunion attracts many families and young people to enjoy the sandy beach, warm Atlantic waters and the pubs along the high street. In summer 2006 the town hosted the first ever "World Fleadh." Traditional Irish music was played throughout the six day festival in mid-August, as well as music from non-Irish musicians who performed at the event, including the French group Gipsy Kings and the British group The Waterboys. Celebrities, including Jodie Marsh and Kathyrn Thomas, also attended World Fleadh.

Nearby cliffs offer excellent scenery. Sometimes dolphins may be seen in the waters. The beaches near Ballybunion also are a popular surfing site. Other traditions include the beachside Seaweed Baths, featuring sea water with kelp. In summertime cooked periwinkles are salted and served in small paper bags along with a pin to extract the small sea snails.

There are also impressive tidal caves that can be explored at low tide.

Other local activities include golfing, beaches, walking, fishing, cycling and touring.

Places of interest withing an easy drive of Ballybuinon include Dingle, Tarbert House, The Garden of Europe, Kerry County Museum, Ballyheigue Maritime Centre, Fenit Seaworld, Crag Cave, Blennerville Windmill.


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