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Gougane Barra

Macroom, West 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. The present ruins date from around 1700 when Fr. Denis O’ Mahony retreated to the Isalnd. During the times o …

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Millstreet Country Park

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Bike Hire, Cycling Routes, Gardens, Museums/Heritage Centres, Outdoors, Parks, WalkingMillstreet, North Cork

A surprise is the ultimate treat for lovers of the outdoors as from the slopes of Knocknakilla you can see the higher slopes of Musheramore Mountain as they plummet to 183m below the valley. This is Millstreet Country Park, a microcosm of all that is p …

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Mallow Castle

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Built Heritage, Heritage SitesMallow, North Cork

Built by Sir Thomas Norreys in the late 16th century, Mallow Castle is a ruins fortification, even though it resisted the besiegement by Mountgarrett in 1642, but was later captured by Lord Castlehaven and the Confederates in 1645, only to be abandoned …

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Kanturk Castle

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Built Heritage, Heritage SitesKanturk, North Cork

Now an unfinished castle, the construction of Kanturk Castle in Duhallow began in 1601 by Dermot MacOwen MacDonagh. The English Council ordered a halt to the progression of the building, after neighbours complained of its size. Some accounts note that …

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Doneraile National Park

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Built Heritage, Gardens, ParksDoneraile, North Cork

The fine entrance gates at the porticoed gated lodge on the Turnpike Road, north of Doneraile town, Co. Cork, mark the formal entrance to a great landscaped estate – 160 hectares of parklands with mature groves of deciduous trees and a number of deer h …

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Cork Race Course

Equestrian, OutdoorsMallow, North Cork

Cork Racecourse is located in the heart of Munster and steeped in the traditions of racing in Ireland. The first Steeplechase ever was run locally between Buttevant and Doneraile over 250 years ago. Chasing from steeple to steeple or point-to-point beg …

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Blarney Castle

Arts/Culture/Heritage, Built Heritage, Museums/Heritage CentresBlarney, North Cork

No trip to Cork is complete without visiting Blarney, where people the world over have stopped at this internationally known tourist centre to kiss the Blarney Stone, which traditionally imparts the ‘gift of eloquence’ on all who kiss it.  The famous S …

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