Uncover the Heritage of the Ballyhouras




Uncover the Heritage of the Ballyhouras

The Ballyhoura region is rich in folklore and heritage, from age-old settlements to bewitching goddesses.

Lough Gur

North of the Ballyhouras you will find the Neolithic heritage site of Lough Gur. Legend tells of Gearóid Iarla who was banished to the bottom of Lough Gur lake by the Goddess Áine. Every 7 years he resurfaces and tries to break the curse.

At the far side of the lake explorers will find Black Castle, a Norman castle associated with the Earl of Desmond dating back to the mid-1500s. Make sure to see the Stone Circle in Grange, the largest of its kind in Ireland.


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The busting town of Buttevant boasts a vibrant, inviting community and has been of historical importance for centuries. Buttevant is the only Walled Town in North Cork and is linked to the de Barra, or Barry, clan. Norman de Barra defeated the Donegan clan circa 1206 AD, and the family settled in Buttevant hereafter.

The de Barras also built castles in the neighbouring towns of Templeconnell, Ballyclough, Liscarroll, to name a few, in order to cement their hold on the greater area. In 1230 AD William de Barra founded the Augustinian Abbey in Ballybeg (just outside of Buttevant on the Mallow side). Later in 1251 AD, a Francisan Abbey was built inside the town.