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Bantry, Co. Cork

Bantry (Irish: Beanntraí) is a busy market town and fishing port on the coast of County Cork, located on the N71 route at the head of Bantry Bay. The Beara peninsula is to the northwest, with Sheep's Head also nearby, on the peninsula south of Bantry Bay.

As with many areas on Ireland's south-west coast, Bantry claims an ancient connection to the sixth century saint, Breandán (Naomh Bréanainn) the Navigator. In Irish lore Saint Breandán was the first person to discover America.

Bantry House, home since 1739 to the White family, the former Earl of Bantry, is located south of the town. It is spectacularly situated and exuberantly furnished. It is one of Ireland's most attractive Great Houses, full of treasures collected by various generations of Earls of Bantry from all parts of the world. In the courtyard of Bantry House, The French Armada Exhibition Centre has been developed. This features the ill-fated French Armada invasion of December, 1796.

Rowing, sailing and golf are popular past times for visitors to the area.

Gardens

Illnacullen - Garinish Island - Glengarriff County Cork Ireland
Illnacullin
Glengarriff, Co. Cork
Most great gardens are the acolytes of grand houses, but Illnalcullin is the exception for the garden Peto and planted by Bryce in a garden made possible by dint of rock blasting, boatloads of top soil, a workforce of 100, plus shelter belts of c ...
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Golf

Ring of Kerry Golf Club - County Kerry Ireland
Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club
Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Course Type: Parkland
The Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club is an 18 hole parkland course that measures 6,814 yards off the back tees. The course is one of the finest in Ireland and is scenically situated between the Macgillycuddy Reeks and Caha mountains overlook ...
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Self Catering

Rolfs Cottages - Self Catering - Baltimore County Cork ireland
Rolfs Cottages
Baltimore, Co. Cork
Built around a courtyard and set in mature grounds and gardens, all of the Self-Catering Holiday Cottages have their own garden patio and a front terrace. From here, you can enjoy views of the distant hills (with a historic Spanish tower) to the ...
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What's On

Kenmare Farmers Market - County Kerry
Kenmare Farmers Market

An Cro, Bridge Street, Kenmare, County Kerry

Wednesdays - Sunday 10-6pm. (7 days during July and August)

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Tourist Attractions

Skibbereen Heritage Centre - Heritage Centre in Skibbereen - Skibbereen  County Cork Ireland
Skibbereen Heritage Centre
Skibbereen, Co. Cork
The Heritage Centre is located in the award winning, beautifully restored Old Gasworks Building, in Skibbereen and is home to the Great Famine Commemoration Exhibition that commemorates the tragic period in the 1840s that is known in Irish Histor ...
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Wedding Venues

The Rectory - Wedding Venue Glandore County Cork Ireland
The Rectory
Glandore, Co. Cork
In a prime location overlooking Glandore harbour in West Cork, this handsome 19th century residence makes a wonderful wedding venues. There is a choice of churches locally, including a delightful Church of Ireland next door, and wedding blessings ...
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