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Ballingeary

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Ballingeary
IFrom Coolea the road bobs and weaves its way to Ré na nDoirí (Renanaree) and Cill na Martra (Kilnamartyra) nesting amidst rugged mountain scenery and where tree-clad hills dip down towards tranquil valleys and gentle fishfull lakes and rivers in this almost hidden Ireland of West Cork. A few miles south of Renanaree and Kilnamartyra, through undulating forest hills and back towards the banks of Cork’s own River Lee, the Gaeltacht village of Béal Átha an Ghaorthaidh (Ballingeary) beckons. Ballingeary’s Irish language college, Coláiste na Mumhan is one of the oldest and best-known in Ireland. The village is a perfect base for exploring the rugged beauty of the Doire na Sagart (Derrynasagart) mountains and the haunting peace and solace of nearby Gugán Barra (Gougane Barra) lake and forest park. Here, too, there is a "Clapper" bridge, an age-old crossing of huge flat stones spanning the River Lee.

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