Fleadh ná gCuach
Fleadh na gCuach (The Cuckoo Fleadh) is a traditional music and arts Festival held on the May Bank Holiday weekend.
This successfully acclaimed Festival broadcasts a showcase of traditional music and musicians from all over the country.
See www.kinvara.com/cuckoo for more details
Cruinniu na mBád
Cruinniu na mBád (Gathering of the boats). This Festival first took place in Kinvara in August 1979 and since then takes place every year in August, reliving an old tradition of bringing the turf from Connemara to Kinvara. Boats can be seen competing in a host of races and events.
See www.kinvara.com/cruinniu for more details.
The Burren located only a short distance from the village of Kinvara is one of Irelands most beautiful and best loved landscapes. It is derived from ‘bhoireann’ which means “a stony place”. It is renowned for its distinctive landscape and habitat of rich and unique variety of flora and fauna.
See www.burrenbeo.com for more details.
Dunguaire castle is a 16th century castle that stands out prominently on the seashore. Named after the 7th century King of Connaught, Guaire whose Palace had occupied the same site. The Castle was built by the O’Hynes and later passed into the hands of the O’Shaughnessy and then the Martyn clans. Today the Castle is open to the public for visitors to explore and it also offers insight to the way life was lived in the 1500‘s by hosting Medieval Banquets with traditional Irish music and story telling
Dunguaire Medieveal Banquet is held from Mid April – Mid October at 5.30pm & 8.45pm. (Reservations are necessary for the Banquet). From May to September from 9.30am – 5pm Dunguaire Castle is open daily for vistors.
See www.shannonheritage.com for more details.
Cliffs of Moher
Stretched out on the west cost of Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are one of Irelands top visitor attractions. The cliffs are 214m high at the highest point and range for 8 kilometres over the Atlantic Ocean. The cliffs offer spectacular views of the Aran Islands, Galway Bay as well as the Twelve Pins.
The cliffs of Moher now offer a new visitor experience centre. The building has been created in the depths of the cliff and offers an award winning eco-friendly centre containing the state of the art interpretive centre formed as the Atlantic Edge.
See www.cliffsofmoher.ie for more details
Discovered by Jack McCann, a local farmer, in 1944, the 1000 feet long cave is one of the oldest of the Burren Caves having formed millions of years ago. Guided tours, lasting 30 minutes, allow you to observe beautiful caverns, bridged chasms, underground waterfalls, weird mineral formations and the hibernation chambers of brown bears which have been extinct in Ireland for centuries.
Please see www.aillweecave.ie for more details