Beautiful Ballybunion, where the Atlantic waves embrace the North Kerry coastline. On the finest days last week with cloudless skies, one couldn’t help imagining it could be the French Riviera with boats appearing on the horizon from Clare.
Teach de Broc is a family run boutique guesthouse, winner of the boutique golf hotel of the year 2020 and guesthouse of the year at Connect Kerry awards 2020.
It has been a ‘’Bumper Year’’ for the town, according to Dermot of Teach de Broc. People the length and breadth of the country are singing the praises of Ballybunion businesses and its community.
Shops, restaurants, amenities, hotels and pubs have opened respectfully and are mindfully working in accordance with all Covid-19 regulations. Fáilte Irelands’ new campaign ‘Ireland make a break for it’, specifically supports Irish business.
At Teach de Broc the stay and play packages have gone down a real treat. With up to 90% of international players making waiting lists up to two years long, Irish enthusiasts can now avail of wonderful deals on not one but two of Ballybunion’s world class courses.
The restaurants, cafés and bars in Ballybunion are passionate about serving wholesome quality foods. From casual dining to fine dining, fresh local produce prepared to a high standard is key. Sundaes Ice-cream shop is part of making happy holiday memories, not just for the little kids but for the big ones too.
Ballybunion is steeped in local folklore. Tom McCarthy, also known as moll Tom, the Uilleann Piper was born in Doon Ballybunion in 1799. He had the gift of listening to the sounds of the sea and nature around him and translating these into the beautiful tunes he composed. He played for many years at the base of the old castle in Castle Green. He died in 1904 at the age of 105.
It is reputed that when Tom’s wishes of having his precious pipes buried with him was ignored, that night they played of their own accord.
The beautiful cliff path walk fringing the sheer drop to the ocean is the picture of serenity. It is difficult to imagine a folklore history based on druid worship and human sacrifice.
To relaxing thoughts once more, Kamana Candles are luxurious and hand made in Ballybunion. The unique concept to these stunning candles are that they are individually inspired by a music hit.
You are for instance when burning ‘’under the boardwalk’’ enjoying… a mesmerising floral marine scent enhanced by touches of cyclamen and water lily. Sparkling salt crusted driftwood is warmed by amber, patchouli and musk. Over 40 hours of burning time can be enjoyed. ‘’Walking on Sunshine’’ inspires through Thai lime, resting zestily on heart notes of fresh pineapple, melon, grapefruit and mango. There is a song to suit all moods. ‘’Rebel, Rebel’’, Oh, What a Night’’, ‘’Mr. Blue Sky’’ and ‘’Harvest Moon’’ to name a few.
Ciara Walsh and her dad are the creators of this family business. It was started in 2019 and born from a love of arts and crafts. All Kamana Candles are eco-friendly, cruelty free and vegan friendly, made with plant based wax and lead free cotton wicks. Supporting local and supporting Irish these lovely candles are available online- www.KamanaCandle.com or at select stores.. Ciara can be contacted on 087 146 9429.
Ballybunion news is a weekly digital magazine published on Thursdays. Celebrating its 10th birthday next March it is read by an estimated 15,000 people worldwide via Facebook, email, and Twitter. At the helm and diligently keeping the population of Ballybunion and beyond informed of all news and events is Ger Walsh.
Ger is proud of how Ballybunion has “pulled together and created a safe environment.” Saturday 15th August, is the traditional pattern day in Ballybunion was celebrated on a down sized scale but yet nostalgic and poignant. A display of cross roads dancing enthralled people walking by Castle Green until a dramatic episode of thunder and lightning almost called a halt to proceedings. Live music was provided by Ger on the occasion and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Gers latest album features the Lockdown song that created a lot of positive media attention. Ger can be contacted on
087-6061822 for music bookings.
How perfect the two blue flag beaches are for water sports, including surfing or swimming. It is a great testimony to the remarkable community and businesses of Ballybunion that there is such a great sense of civic duty to maintain safe environment rules all the while keeping Ballybunion open for business. Credit to the local council for ensuring that adequate amenities such as toilets were open during the recent fine weather.
Wilde Ballybunion is situated overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Where better to escape to for wide open breath-taking views and space in the current climate. Beaches are only a short walk away. Jennifer explains that the hotel’s bedrooms and restaurant comply with stringent procedures to ensure safety while comfort is never compromised when staying at Wilde Ballybunion. Special offers are available on accommodation and menus are very reasonably priced.
Every community has its unsung heroes. Ballybunion sea and cliff rescue was founded in 1986 and is manned by 35 volunteers. They continue to maintain the highest of rescue standards in the North Kerry and West Limerick catchment area.
By design of the French engineer, Charles Lartigue, a monorail system built in 1888 connected Listowel to Ballybunion. For this relatively small North Kerry town that wasn’t the only first. Marconi’s
maiden telephonic broadcast was made from Ballybunion in March 1919, being received on the other side of the Atlantic.
So from a town of pioneering firsts where community and businesses work and grow together, these words are from the archives of dúchas.ie.
Still your beauty would be last untold, for natures grandeur with lavish squander, has decked your brow with gems of gold.