Bantry Travel Guide

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Bantry Highlights

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     Bantry is a thriving, busy seaside town in West Cork 

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     no cons 

  • In a nutshell
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     Ireland's Eden 

Bantry Things to Do

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    Bantry Library during Literary Festival 4 more images

    by songlines Updated May 14, 2007

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    Held in Bantry every year, this is a wonderful festival, the little town is absolutely bursting with literary activity, people, authors, poets and artists. This festival is usually held the last week of June but for 2007 the date is set for July from the 8th till the 13th.
    The activities usually include, Readings from authors, which are held in the local library at lunch time and some of the evenings. These readings are free and everyone is welcome to attend.
    There are a good variety of Seminars and Workshops for budding writers, or poets.
    Last year (2006) there was also the start of a Fringe Film Festival - films with an Irish literary context, in the local cinema, running as part of the Literary Festival.
    One of the highlights of the festival is the launch of the Fish Anthology (see)
    This years (2007)authors coming to give talks at the Library will be: Kevin Myers, Carlo Gebler, John Boyne (Boy in the striped Pyjamas!), Michael Collins, Claire Kilroy & Mia Gallagher, Rita Ann Higgins & Greg Delanty, John Lanchester, and last but not least Tim Severin. There will be poetry reading and music by Colm O Rianin & Pireeni Sundaralingam. As well as all these activities at the Library there will be more authors giving readings in other places in the town, among these will be Eoin McNamee, Harry Clifton, Jeanette Winterson, Kevin Barry, and others. The atmosphere in Bantry could not be better during this week. For more info on the activities see the website:

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    The Squire where the Market takes place 4 more images

    by songlines Written Jul 14, 2006

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    On a sunny day this can be a most enjoying activity, you just chill out, walk around, perhaps purchase something fun or you might find some real old Irish utensil, there is no knowing what you will find or pick up and that includes kitten, ducks or puppy dogs! You also get the flavour of the local people and the local characters, a friendly and fun atmosphere is all around. When you get tired you can go to a pub for a pint, even sit outside, or you can go for coffee and for food. Summer is the best time for this market as obviously it is nicer on a warm sunny day.
    The first Friday of the month gets the biggest Market but it is also held on every Friday.

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    by songlines Written Oct 15, 2005

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    This is a wonderful large house set in beautiful gardens overlooking the famous Bantry Bay, and it also has the Armada museum in on its lands.
    It also has a lovely coffee shop but that is sometimes closed to the public.

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    • Castles and Palaces
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Bantry Restaurants

  • by turas Updated Jul 5, 2008

    bar /restaurant , small , done up in that wood style that was all the rage back in ther eighties
    now a bit naff to be honest

    Was excellent in the past , but not so great now,Owner grumpy , staff not very friendly

    food : boooooring

    Favorite Dish: average fair, nothing spectacular , you wont go hungry ,but.............

    tip : go to o Connor's instead(the best)...also lots more restauraunts to choose from in the area

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  • by turas Written Jul 5, 2008

    Have eaten lunch here several times and each time it gets better.It's popularity is evident from the number of people waiting for a table, on any typical summer day.
    probably a good idea to ring ahead if you want to book a table as the restaurant can be very busy.
    Not sure about evening meals , but i,m sure the service/food is equally superb.

    luch is very reasonably priced, staff are lovely and seating/decor e.t.c is superb

    Favorite Dish: Cod and mushy peas yumm yumm !!

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    Friendly staff at Organico

    by songlines Written Oct 15, 2005

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    A great place to eat, lovely atmosphere, tasty cooking. In this place you can get a variety of fresh warm cooked lunches, also salads. You can get sanwiches made on spelt bread, also sweet foods.
    A light, airy place, surrounded by art exhibitions and the possiblilty of going on the internet.
    Lovely ambience.

    Favorite Dish: I have enjoyed several different dishes, I enjoy their quiche. Recently I had a lovely curry served in a wooden bolw, tasty too.

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Bantry Transportation

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    Did you put the handbrake on baby??!!

    by kentishgirl Updated Oct 31, 2004

    For me the best way to discover anywhere in Ireland is to drive yourself!

    If we are going anywhere outside of Dublin on our trips here I ALWAYS drive over, and bring my little Ford KA ! (otherwise known as the go-kart!!).

    It is much easier just to please yourself and take in loads of the scenic routes and stop where you fancy!

    You can hire cars here in almost any of the towns,cities and ports.

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