Kilfenora and Cathedral
For information and pictures of Kilfenora and the cathedral, click here.
The Kilfenora area
In the immediate vicinity of Kilfenora are some interesting places to visit.
2km east of Kilfenora can be found the large earthworks of Tullaha fort, and also the stone fort of Ballykinvarga with its rare feature of protective chevaux de frieze (as found at Dun Aengus in the Aran Islands). You will need to check the Ordnance Survey map to find these.
Further along the road to Corofin by the turning to Ballyvaghan is Leamaneh Castle, once the ancestral home of the O’Brien barons and, in particular, the legendary Maire Rua.
Notable among many of the ancient church sites in the Burren area is Noughaval Church, on an ancient monastic sight founded by St Mogua, around 3km outside Kilfenora. It has interesting stone features, and a market stone by the entrance.
Lickeen Lake, a long and deep stretch of water, is 2 km south of Kilfenora which provides fresh water for the area. It is good for trout fishing (open season is 17 March to end September – call the Fishery Manager on 086 883 8166). It contains a crannog and is a haven for wild life – including otters and large flights of swans.
Based at Kilfenora you can visit many famous beauty spots, historic sites and interesting villages, including the beaches of Liscannor Bay and Fanore, the world-famous Cliffs of Moher and Lahinch golf-course, and the village of Doolin – the embarkation point in summer for the Aran Islands. Click here for more information and pictures.
Kilfenora is an ideal base for exploring the landscape, green roads, forts and tombs of the Burren – including Ireland’s most famous dolmen at Poulnabrone. Click here for more information and pictures.