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    A town as payment

    The modern town of Kenmare was laid out by the English surveyor, Sir William Petty in 1670. He had been given the area by Oliver Cromwell as part of his payment for the job of mapping Ireland.

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    Attractive old-style shops

    There is great shopping in Killarney, and the shops are particularly lovely looking as there is a ban on the usual tacky plastic shop signs, so they are decorated with old fashioned hand-painted signs and colourful window boxes.

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    The traditional Irish music capital of the world

    Doolin is widely regarded as the world's epicenter of traditional Irish music. There are three pubs in the village (McGann’s,O’Connors and McDermott’s) that have nightly live music all year round from both local and visiting performers.

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    Attractions

    Derreen Gardens

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    Over 60 acres of garden full of rare and exotic plants and mature woodlands, as well as native wildlife including Sika deer, Irish hares, red squirrels and otters. There are also incredible views to be had of Kilmakilloge Harbour and the Caha Mountains. There are a variety of walks around the garden, each taking half an hour to an hour.

    Molly Gallivan's Cottage and Traditional Farm

    This privately owned 200-year-old cottage and farm are in Releigh, a village about 10 mins drive from Kenmare. The farm and cottage were once owned and worked by the widow Molly Gallivan, who supported her seven children through not just farming but running a Sibheen, or old Irish speakeasy. They are now a living museum to her life as well other aspects of the area's history. There is a cafe and gift shop onsite.

    Katy Ryan

    A 10 minute ferry ride to the island. Explore the lighthouse and see the views from the summit. A must if visiting in Bally Cotton or touring Ireland.

    Laura Thomas

    The North Clare Sea Kayaking Tour Company

    An amazing journey in the caves on the Irish coastline in kayaks. Great guides and good equipment I would definitely recommend this!

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    Doolin Cliff Walk

    Great tour and brilliant views! The guide is particularly excellent with some humorous stories. Only 5 Euros and worth it!

    Laura Thomas

    Places To Eat

    The Strawberry Field

    Hidden away in a beautiful rural location about 15 minutes drive out of Kenmare, the Strawberry Field is a delightful cafe specializing in delectable pancakes - with a wide variety of both savoury and sweet toppings. Plenty of vegetarian options, and gluten-free alternatives are available on request.

    A cosy, comfortable restaurant in a cute little historic building. The food is sublime - deceptively simple yet bursting with flavour and often with an inspired, unexpected twist.

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    Award-winning restaurant with an emphasis on freshly prepared seasonal, local, organic, and wild food, including the restaurant's own hand-reared pork. A good range of dishes, although nothing too adventerous and an equally good range of wines and local craft beers to match.

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    StoneCutters is located in a historic stone cottage on the coast just out of Doolin and is a true family restaurant in the best sense of the term. There is a special children's menu as well as toys and even an outdoor play area. The 'grown-ups' menu is a perfect balance of traditional Irish comfort food and slightly more adventurous choices, so that there is something fo everyone. Outdoor seating for sunny days and excellent value for money.

    Jenny Brown

    Great traditional pub grub, great traditional music sessions nightly in the summer and perfectly poured pints of Guinness. All in one of Doolin's notable historic buildings.

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    Traveller Tips

    A great central base for Western Ireland

    Main attractions and destinations of Western Ireland including Galway, Connemara, the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and the lakes of Killarney are all within an easy day trip of Bunratty, making it a perfect base for visiting the area.

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