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

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

What's On

Macroom Farmers Market - County Cork - Tuesdays
Macroom Farmers Market

The Square, Macroom, County Cork

Tuesdays: 9am - 3pm

Contact: UCD Office, Macroom, Co Cork

Tourist Attractions

Killarney National Park - Killarney County Kerry Ireland
Killarney National Park
Killarney, Co. Kerry
Killarney National Park was the first national park established in Ireland, created when Muckross Estate was donated to the Irish state in 1932. It is made up of of 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) of beautiful lake and mountain scenery that is fam ...

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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