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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

Lakemount Garden - Glanmire County Cork Ireland
Lakemount Garden.
Glanmire, Co. Cork
One of Ireland’s flagship gardens created by garden designer Brian Cross this like a very delicious box of chocolates, so full of different treats that it is hard to know which one to pick first. You could, for instance, be torn between th ...
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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

Cobh Farmers Market - County Cork - Fridays
Cobh Farmers Market

Sea Front, Cobh, County Cork

Fridays: 10am - 1pm

Contact: Tanya Burke. 021 481 4753
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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

Hayfield Manor - Wedding Venue Cork City Ireland
Hayfield Manor Hotel
Cork City, Co. Cork
Cork’s premier hotel is a luxurious latterday manor house set in two acres of mature trees and gardens near the university, in the south west of the city. Although relatively new, it has the feeling of a large period country house - albeit ...
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