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Collegiate Church of St Mary Youghal is a primeval church tucked away in the rustic environs of Youghal. It is associated with the Church of Ireland, and dates back to the year 1220. The church is constructed in the distinctive Hiberno-Romanesque architectural form, and has the shape of a cruciform. It has been deemed as a National Monument of Ireland. It is owned by the government and is managed by the Church of Ireland Representative Church Body.
A huge mansion along the River Blackwater, Strancally Castle was built by Raymond le Gros. It was used by Spanish people and later destroyed. In 1830, James and George Richard Pain redesigned the building. Spanning 5000 acres (2023.43 hectares), the castle is adjacent to the Desmond Castle.
This Carmelite monastery is situated in beautiful Castlemartyr. Long ago, the rich fertile soil in the area meant that the land here was among the most coveted of East Cork. It was granted its charter in 1675 as a "borough and town". Looming gates enclose the monastery; while within visitors are enchanted by woodlands, lakes, and luxuriant gardens, which provide an equally ideal setting for vigorous walks or some quiet contemplation and reflection.
Ballynamona Beach is a wonderful and safe swimmer's paradise, and an excellent place to bring children for a day out in the summer. It is made especially enchanting because it also boasts a bird sanctuary of international importance, so do try to pick up a guide if you can. This is also a popular place to go fishing. The clean sandy beach is a short distance from the lovely town of Shanagarry, home of the internationally renowned Stephen Pearce Pottery, Ballymaloe House, and Tim and Darina Allen's Cookery School and Gardens.
There is evidence of human activity in the town of Cloyne from 2000 BC, and through the centuries, the town has had a fascinating history. St Colman founded a monastery here above a serpentine network of caves which priests used as secret underground links during the penal days. Castle Mary itself lies on the outskirts of the village of Cloyne. It was the seat of the Longfield family since the 17th century. The Longfield's were one of the leading Anglo-Irish families in the province of Munster. On the castle grounds, the eager visitor can discover, among other things, the remains of a druid altar and an orchard.
Cloyne Cathedral is an ancient cathedral situated in the humble town of Cloyne, and is associated with the Church of Ireland. This unpretentious house of prayer dates back to 1250, and is situated in the province of Dublin. It is a part of the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, and is flanked by a small burial ground. This austere establishment is frequented by a number of people, even today.
The Ballysaggartmore Towers are follies found 2.5 kilometers (1.55 miles) from the Irish town of Lismore. They served as entrance lodges in the former 1000-acre demesne owned by Anglo Irish landlord Arthur Keily-Ussher. Built before 1834, they lead upto the residence of the family at Ballysaggartmore House, with one of them serving as a bridge over a small valley. Folklore of the locals indicate that the towers were predecessors of an elaborate mansion that Keily-Ussher ultimately did not build because of lack of funds. While the plain house was destroyed during the Civil War, one of the lodges was a private residence until the 1970s. The unroofed lodges can now be approched by a walking trail that has a picnic and parking area.
The imposing large square tower is the central feature of this well-maintained site. Overlooking the river Bride and surrounding valley, its mature trees and grounds make it a boon for lovers of gardens. Built in the sixteenth century by the Fitzgerald family, it was later destroyed by fire. The outer shell made up of towering walls (80ft) is all that remains. During summer months, the castle often becomes a venue for concerts and barbecues for locals and visitors.
Situated in the expansive Cork Harbor, Fota Island is a hub of wildlife. Cheetahs, lemurs, capybaras and tapirs are cared-for in a wildlife park here. There is a luxury resort as well where one can spend the night. Enjoy golf in the 18-hole golf-course and also visit the beautiful Fota House and Gardens- a richly decorated historic mansion.
Fota Arboretum houses an excellent collection of various plants, trees and shrubs. The project began in the early 19th century and now includes many rare specimens from as far as Japan, China, South America, the Himalayas and North America. The Arboretum also boasts walled gardens with important collections; it holds records of dates of planting, country of origin and rates of growth from the early 19th century onwards. While you're in the vicinity, don't miss the opportunity to check out the wonderful Fota Wildlife Park. Hours change seasonally, so make sure to call ahead.
Fota Wildlife Park is home to more than 90 species of animals from five different continents. Visitors have a rare opportunity to witness conservation in action; already the park has achieved international success in breeding cheetahs. Enjoy a leisurely stroll past curious kangaroos and frolicking monkeys. There's a playground for kids and a coffee shop for relaxing. The entrance fee goes toward conservation programs.
Though it was not built until more than a thousand years after his death, this cathedral is named after St Colman, bard poet to the King of Munster, who founded this diocese in 560 A.D. Designed in Neo-Gothic style by the architects Pugin and Ashlin, the Cathedral remains an awesome testament to 1860s architecture. Unsurprisingly, with a 2468-pipe organ and 47 bells making it the largest carillon in Ireland, the cathedral is often used as a venue for concerts and recitals.