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 ...

Golf

Killeen Course - 1st Hole
Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
Killarney, Co. Kerry
Course Type: Parkland
Killarney holds a unique place in Irish golf and Killarney Golf and Fishing Club has been described as a golfer’s paradise’. With three courses set in some of the most stunning countryside - some would say it is the most picturesque g ...

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

BlairsCove House and Restaurant - Durrus County Cork Ireland - Wedding Venue
Blairscove House & Restaurant
Durrus, Co. Cork
What a wonderful venue for a wedding: Philippe and Sabine de Mey’s beautiful property enjoys a stunning waterside location at the head of Dunmanus Bay, in West Cork. Everything revolves around the courtyard, which has been beautifully r ...
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