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Stop in The Boathouse if you're in Oughterard for an evening of fun. If there's a sesiun on, it's even better. The pints always seem a bit better when there's a bit of a laugh and some local entertainment.
Dress Code: Casual
Written Jul 16, 2005
As we were walking to Aughnanure Castle, we passed a field with some horses. One of the horses was close to the fence and put its head over to be petted, so we obliged. Another horse saw this and came running over to us. Since he had run over to see us, I started to pet him too. That's when "Seamus, the killer horse" as we later dubbed him bit the back of my arm! Fortunately, I was wearing a long-sleeved shirt so the bite did not break the skin. It did leave a noticeable bruise for several days, though. After we toured the castle we passed these horses again and saw an Irish lady getting ready to pet "Seamus". We warned her about him, but she tried petting him anyway, and "Seamus" almost bit her, too. The lady laughed and scolded the horse saying, "You're a bold one, you are!" Seriously though, it's good to remember that even animals that we consider to be domestic can be dangerous.
Updated Mar 25, 2007
Lying about 8 kms from Oughterard to the west is the bridge used by John Wayne at the beginning of the fim "The Quiet Man" shot here in 1951. It is well signposted on the N59 and is just a short drive from there. On one side of the bridge is a sort of pulpit with a photo of John Wayne sitting on the bridge. On the other side is a post marked "Sli Dulra 2009" and "Gaillimhe". This is in reference to the Oughterard Heritage walk that passes here and is the half-way mark on the walk.
Written Dec 10, 2012