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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

The 11th Fairway
Bantry Bay Golf Club
Bantry, Co. Cork
Course Type: Clifftop-Parkland
Founded in 1975, Bantry Bay Golf Club in Co Cork has been described as "one of the most spectacular golf courses in the world" and visitors have long been enthralled by the charms of West Cork and this delightful course. The 6,690 ya ...
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Self Catering

Hillcrest House - Self Catering - Ahakista County Cork ireland - View
Hillcrest House
Ahakista, Co. Cork
Hospitality comes first at this working farm overlooking Dunmanus Bay, where Agnes Hegarty’s guests - including walkers, who revel in the 55 mile “Sheep’s Head Way” - are welcomed with a cup of tea and home-baked scones on ...
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What's On

Skibbereen Farmers Market - County Cork - Saturdays
Skibbereen Farmers Market

Old Market Square (opposite AIB Bank), Skibbereen, County Cork

Saturdays: 10am - 2pm

Contact: Adrian Brentnall adrian@ambquality.co.uk Te ...
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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

Wedding
Mary Anns Bar and Restaurant
Castletownshend, Co. Cork
Castletownshend is one of west Cork’s most picturesque villages and was home to Somerville and Ross, the two Victorian ladies who wrote Tales of an Irish R.M. - and it is also where you will find the lovely church of St Barrahane famous for ...
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