Kilfenora is a historic village located near the sea on the west coast of Ireland in County Clare.
It is a gateway to the fabulous landscape of the Burren, with its limestone paving, distinctive hills and one of the most extensive cave systems in Europe. This complex and unique environment allows plants and flowers, not normally found together in the same country, to share the same rock crevice. The glorious Alpine Gentian, Bloody Cranesbill and Mountain Avens are just some of the floral gems which proliferate here.
Castles, iron age forts and ancient tombs are also among the treasures to be found in this unspoiled corner of Ireland.
Kilfenora is famous for its musical and dancing tradition, built up over centuries, and in particular the Kilfenora Céilí Band – founded over 100 years ago – and growing stronger then ever. You can see a video of them on this site.
Also, much of the perennially popular TV series ‘Father Ted’ was filmed in and around Kilfenora.
A warm welcome awaits you in Kilfenora, in its local pubs and shops and at the Burren Centre and Tearooms.
Come and visit our ancient cathedral, with its carvings and its Celtic crosses. In the ancient Cathedral, The Kilfenora Timeline traces the unique and colourful history of the village.
But for the true Kilfenora experience, make sure you stay overnight and experience the céilís and music sessions for which the village is celebrated, or come to our annual music festival in late April. You can get a sense of the atmosphere from this, and from the Clare Fleadh staged in Kilfenora 2009-11, by accessing the photo gallery pages on this site and by listening to some sound clips (on this site) of pub sessions recorded during Kilfenora’s festivals. You can also buy a great CD – see here for more information.