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Cloyne, Co. Cork

Cloyne (Irish: Cluain) is a small village to the south-east of the town of Midleton in eastern County Cork. The land around Cloyne is extremely rich and fertile, being mainly of limestone base. This makes it very suitable for agriculture, with many acres of wheat and barley harvested each year. The underlying limestone rock also gives rise to a spectacular network of caves under and to the south of the town. These caves are accessible from the grounds of Cloyne House on Rock Street. (Permission must be sought from the owner as these are private grounds).

Cloyne has associations with three remarkable though diverse personalities: Gerge Berkeley, the philosopher who was Bishop here from 1734 to 1753 before going onto found the famous Berkeley University in Bermuda - largely with money donated by Vanessa, the mysterious lady friend of Johathan Swift, Dean of St Patrick's in Dublin and author of Gulliver's Travels.

William Penn, founder of the State of Pennsylvania - the family home was at Shanagarry.

Christy Ring, probably the greatest hurler Ireland ever produced, was born here and is commemorated by a sculpture of him in the town.

Long before any of these, gentle St Coleman, a poet in Latin and Irish founded a monastery here, of which the 33m Round Tower still stands. In the medieval cathedral Berkeley is commemorated by a fine alabaster tomb.

Gardens

Ballyvolane House - Garden Fermoy County Cork Ireland
Ballyvolane House
Fermoy, Co. Cork
The Greene family’s gracious mansion is surrounded by its own farmland, magnificent wooded grounds, a recently restored trout lake and mature gardens, all carefully managed and well maintained. Garden lovers will find a stay here especi ...
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Golf

Monkstown Golf Club - Cork City Ireland
Monkstown Golf Club
Cork City, Co. Cork
Course Type: Parkland
Monkstown Golf Club was founded in 1908 and was extended from 9 to 18 holes in 1971. It is a challenging parkland course over 5,663 yards from the back tees and provides a test for all levels of golfer. Monkstown Golf Club enjoys a unique setting ...
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Self Catering

Selfcatering
Castlemartyr Resort - Lodges & Mews
Castlemartyr, Co. Cork
Castlemartyr Resort offers the perfect County County self catering holiday for golfers, families, and groups alike. Spanning a 220 acre Estate, adjacent to the ruins of an ancient castle, this all-new County Cork holiday resort features two lodgi ...
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What's On

Kinsale Farmers Market - County Cork - Tuesdays
Kinsale Farmers Market

Short Quay, (in front of Jim Edwards restaurant), Kinsale, County Cork

Tuesdays, 9am - 3pm (closed in January)

Contact: Miles Cattell, milesc ...
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Tourist Attractions

Desmond Castle - Kinsale County Cork Ireland
Desmond Castle
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Desmond Castle was built by the Earl of Desmond c. 1500 as a Customs House and was used for this purpose until 1641 when it was converted into a naval prison, following the construction of a new Customs House. The prisoners kept in the Castle wer ...
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Wedding Venues

Wedding
Toddies Restaurant
Kinsale, Co. Cork
TODDIES HAS MOVED TO THE NEARBY BULMAN PUB - NEW NARRATIVE TO FOLLOW Pearse and Mary O’Sullivan’s buzzy downtown restaurant is above the Kinsale micro-brewery, who pump their Kinsale lager, wheat beer and stout directly up to Toddi ...
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