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Bantry Town

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Bantry is a busy, bustling market-town situated on the coast of County Cork. It is at the head of the beautiful Bantry Bay, in the south west of Ireland. Bantry is at the heart of West Cork, and is one of the most naturally beautiful and unspoiled areas of Ireland with many beautiful bays and beaches, and spectacular hills.

It overlooks Bantry Bay in the heart of West Cork. The town is situated approximately 60 miles west of Cork city. It is located on the N71 national secondary road.

The town has a population of between 3000 and 4000 people. There are about 12,000 people in the surrounding catchment area. It is a large market town that provides commercial, retail and tourism/leisure facilities for locals and visitors.

Bantry offers a wide range of outdoor activities. Some of these activities include sailing, water sports, horse riding, cycling, angling, swimming, walking and golf. There is also the GAA club and rugby. Bantry has a peace park where you can have picnics or just sunbathe. The town also has a children’s playground.

Bantry is a busy community with plenty going on all year round. The town has plenty of shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels, swimming pools and a cinema.

Bantry may be a small town but the community works together and tidies the town. We have lovely flowers that bloom in spring and are admired in the summer by lots of tourists.

In recent years Bantry has undergone major change. Wolfe Tone Square is a pleasant plaza area that is a focal point of the town. It has trees, flowers, seating, a fountain, an anchor and statues of St. Brendan the Navigator and Wolfe Tone.

As with many areas on Ireland's south-west coast, Bantry claims to have an ancient connection to the sixth century saint, Brendan the Navigator. In Irish folklore Saint Brendan was the first person to discover America.

If you want a little reminder of Bantry you can come to the square on a Friday and see the hustle and bustle of fair day and buy a little souvenir. A lot of the stalls are local but some stall holders travel from Kerry and many other places.

You can buy plants, animals, clothes, nick-knacks and even try new food.

If you like boats visit the pier and see the boats bobbing up and down on the bay. You can also take a trip to Whiddy Island for the day.

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