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

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

Muckross House & Gardens & Traditional Farm - Killarney County Kerry Ireland
Muckross House & Gardens & Traditional Farm
Killarney, Co. Kerry
Muckross House is a magnificent Victorian mansion located in the Killarney National Park and is one of Ireland's leading stately homes, it is a focal point within the Park and is the ideal base from which to explore its terrain. Muckross ...

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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