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Gougane Barra, Co. Cork

Gougane Barra (Guagán Barra in Irish) is a settlement in County Cork.

The name Gougane Barra comes from Saint Finbarr, who is said to have built a monastery on an island in the lake nearby during the 6th century. Guagán Barra = Barra's retreat enclosed by mountains. The present ruins date from around 1700 when a priest called Denis O'Mahony retreated to the island. During the times of the Penal Laws, Gougane Barra's remoteness meant that it became a popular place for the celebration of the Roman Catholic Mass.

Afforestation of the area around the settlement began in 1938 and Gougane Barra is now home to a 1.42 square kilometre Forest Park which is home to a number of mammal and bird species. 

Gardens

Cois Cuain Gardens - Bantry County Cork Ireland
Cois Cuain Gardens
Bantry, Co. Cork
Gardening in West Cork is definitely different. The Walshes may have had to use a pick axe rather than a spade to plant in their seaside garden but growing conditions, thanks to the greenhouse climate of the Gulf Stream, are incredible. Tender pl ...
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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

Selfcatering
Swallows Roost Holiday Cottage
Durrus, Co. Cork
This is a modern one bedroom cottage in the grounds of Failte Ireland approved Carbery Cottage Guest Lodge. Access to 2 acres of gardens, runs & kennels available for free exercise of dogs. Dogs permitted in the apartment. Guide price Fr ...
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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

Ross Castle - Killarney County Kerry Ireland
Ross Castle
Killarney, Co. Kerry
Ross Castle is located on the edge of Lough Leane, in Killarney National Park and is considered a typical example of the stronghold of an Irish Chieftain during the Middle Ages. Ross Castle was built in the late 15th century by local ruling c ...
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Wedding Venues

Hotel Dunloe Castle - Wedding Venue - Killarney County Kerry Ireland
The Dunloe (formerly Hotel Dunloe Castle)
Killarney, Co. Kerry
The Dunloe is named after its own ruined castle and is one of three hotels in common ownership in the area - the others are the aptly-named Europe Hotel & Resort at Fossa, and ultra romantic Ard na Sidhe Country House, overlooking Caragh Lake ...
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