Welcome To Doonbeg

Doonbeg is a small village in West County Clare, located on the N67 between Kilrush and Kilkee.
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Information Doonbeg Ireland

Doonbeg, from the Irish for “Small Fort”, is located on the N67 between Kilrush and Kilkee. It is a small village in West County Clare. The Doonbeg river is spanned at the village’s centre by a seven arched stone bridge. Nearby are the remains of Doonbeg Castle. Doonbeg has been called the “Long Village” as its main street is one of the longest for a village of its size in Ireland. Night life can be found at any number of public houses, with traditional live music and dancing a regular activity. There is a jazz festival every June held in Doonbeg. The village also hosts the West Clare Drama Festival (first established in 1962). Surfing is a popular pastime on the nearby White Strand beach in Killard. In the village of Doonbeg itself, you will find picnic areas on the banks of the river. Fishing is also a pastime for people at this spot, and can be done along the coast of is also possible to fish in this area, but this is dangerous in inclement weather. Doonbeg has a local tourist office where details of other amenities are readily available. Between Kilrush and Kilkee, at the edge of a cliff, stands Carrigaholt Castle. Overlooking the Shannon Estuary, it is a well maintained fifteenth century tower house. The five storey building was built by the McMahons, the chiefs of the Corcabascin Peninsula. While it was occupied by Teige Caech “the Shortsighted” Mc Mahon, seven ships from the Spanish Armada set up anchor in the harbour nearby. A year after that (1589) it was captured by the Earl of Thormond who breached the terms of the castle’s surrender by executing the defenders. After further historical incident, the castle passed into the hands of the Burton family with whom it continued to reside until recently.

Attractions Doonbeg Ireland

Ailwee Cave - Ballyvaughan

Located near Ballyvaughan, with its stalactites and stalagmites, the Aillwee Cave beneath the Burren has become one of Irelands leading attractions. An essential part of a visit to the Burren, it affords the opportunity to travel through beautiful caverns, over bridged chasms and under weird formations.

Biddy Early Brewery - Inagh

Located at Inagh, just 10 mile from Ennis on the Lahinch Road. Ireland's first pub-brewery is named after a Clare woman by the name of Biddy Early, who was renowned for her magical powers in the 1800s. Since it's opening in 1995 the brewery has continued to produce a unique selection of hand crafted beers in memory of the great woman. These include Black Biddy, Red Biddy, Blonde Biddy and Real Biddy.

Bunratty Castle and Folk Park - Bunratty

One of Irelands top visitor attractions, Bunratty Castle is the most complete and authentic medieval castle in the country. Built in 1425, it was faithfully restored in 1954 and has furnishings and tapestries which capture the mood and style of the times. The Folk Park, set in 26 acres, recreates nineteenth century Ireland. The Park features include a recreated village street, eight farmhouses, a watermill, blacksmiths forge, Macs pub and restaurant and a display of nineteenth century agricultural machinery.

Cliffs of Moher - Lahinch

Located just north of Lahinch on the coast of West Clare, are the Cliffs of Moher. Natural ramparts against the might of the Atlantic, they rise in places to over 215m and stretch for almost 8km.

Corofin Heritage Museum - Corofin

This award winning Heritage Museum is housed in what was once Saint Catherine's Church, which was built in 1718 by a cousin of Queen Anne. Its main theme, 'Ireland West 1800 - 1860' portrays a traumatic period of Irish history under the headings of 'Lan d'Tenure', 'The Famine', 'Emigration', 'Education', 'Irish Language and Music' and others.