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

Ring of Kerry Golf Club - County Kerry Ireland
Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club
Kenmare, Co. Kerry
Course Type: Parkland
The Ring of Kerry Golf & Country Club is an 18 hole parkland course that measures 6,814 yards off the back tees. The course is one of the finest in Ireland and is scenically situated between the Macgillycuddy Reeks and Caha mountains overlook ...

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 ...

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

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 ...

Wedding Venues

Wedding
Bantry House & Garden
Bantry, Co. Cork
Bantry House is a stately home overlooking Bantry Bay in the south west of Ireland. All Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the beautifully restored en-suite rooms in the East and West wings of the House look out over the south facing garden and h ...
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