Kilfenora Things to Do
One of the most famous of Irelands dolmens; Poulanbrone lies on the R480 north of the Caherconnell stone fort, in the centre of the Burren. There is a large carpark and a short walk afterwards. The dolmen has been dated as far back as 2500 BC. Known as a portal tomb where several side slabs hold the roof to differentiate from a wedge tomb that is...more
Standing right in the centre of the village is St Fachtna's cathedral, dedicated to the saint that built the first monastery on the site in the 6th c.The cathedral was built around the 1200's after a fire burnt the original down in 1100 and has been much renovated and changed with walls falling and additions being made. The "Lady Chapel", now...more
The Poulnabrone-Dolmen is the most famous of the various megalith tombs that you may find in the Burren. The Poulnabrone-Dolmen dates back to the year 2500 B.C. and still today the scientists do not know exactely, how it was technically possible to build such heavy structures by the primitive tools of that time.more
The once powerful and important cathedral of Kilfenora dates back to the 6th century and was most probably founded by Holy Fachtnan. In the year 1055 it was mentioned first in the history-books and the cathedral that you may still see today dates back to the 12th century. Untill the 17th century the cathedral of Kilfenora was the the largest church...more
The Doorty Cross,is one of the most unique celtic high-crosses in Ireland, showing a bishop and 2 other persons. The cross is 13 feet high and dates back to the 12th century.At the small cemetery around the old cathedral-ruins there were once 7 high-crossesYou may enter the cemetery freely and without restrictions during the day !more
Main Street, The Burren, Ireland
Good for: Families
We first stopped here whilst searching for a B+B and got a nice warm welcome from Gerard the owner. After a chat and a pint, he advised us for Ballybreen House and then got another local to show us how to get into the Abbey to view the High Crosses of Kilfenora. When told that there was trad music on that night, we promised to be back. And a terrific night it was. Gerard himself cooked and served a delicious lamb stew, whilst tending to the peat fire right in front of us. The music that started around 21.30 was all that you could expect, really, really good.
The pub is known as Kitty's Corner because Gerard Linnane is the son of Kitty Linnane, longtime piano-player with the Kilfenora Ceili band and previous owner. Souvenirs and photos adorn the walls. We had a right fine evening here. First time as well I saw anyone pull a pint of Guinness and leave a shamrock on the froth, probably not exceptional but a nice touch.
Favorite Dish: We both had the lamb stew, built into a smallish mountain over the mash, much trouble to finish to needed another pint to wash it down.
Cost was just under 24€ for the two of us, drinks not included.
Kilfenora Off The Beaten Path
The first part of the castle built by Turlogh O'Brien was just the defensive keep shown here on the right, with its narrow slits for firing arrows and dates back to 1480. Turlogh's son, Murrough surrendered the tower to Henry VIII in 1548, thus saving the castle from destruction. The keep was exteded 100 years later with the addition of the 5...more
Standing on the R476 road, actually closer to Corofin than Kilfenora is the Kilnaboy church. It seems as though the west wall, carrying a Lorraine cross in raised stonework, is the only part still standing from the 13th c, the rest being 16th. This cross could even be eastern European in origin. And even then a lot of repairs have been done in...more
Just down the road from the exit to the church is the old ruined house called "Synge's Lodge". Edward Synge was the main landowner here in the 1850's and was a descendant from a famous chorist that Henry VIII heard and told him " Henceforth, thy name will be Synge, "sing ?") Although it is impossible to read today, on the coat of arms over the...more
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