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

Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens - Old Victorian Garden
Ballymaloe Cookery School Gardens
Shanagarry, Co. Cork
The gardens at Ballymaloe are delicious - traditional with an original twist, just like Darina Allen’s recipes. The first garden was made in the 1980s and, inspired by a the great French garden at Villandry, is laid out with a parterre of f ...

Golf

The 4th Hole
Old Head of Kinsale Golf Club
Kinsale, Co. Cork
Course Type: Links
Since its official opening on June 1st 1997, the Old Head Golf Links has become one of the most talked-of courses in world golf.  It is built on a 220-acre diamond of land, jutting out over two miles into the Atlantic Ocean. The promontory i ...

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 ...

What's On

Blackpool Farmers Market - Co Cork - Fridays
Every Friday 10am to 2.30pm

Location:

The Blackpool Shopping Centre, Blackpool, Cork

Contact:

Denis Murphy 086 243 7818

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 ...

Wedding Venues

Flemings Restaurant - Cork Wedding Venue
Flemings Restaurant
Cork City, Co. Cork
Michael and Eileen Fleming’s impressive Georgian house is set on five acres of garden and patio areas on a hillside overlooking the river and city. There is a choice of churches nearby, wedding blessings are possible here and there are plen ...
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