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Ballymakeera and Ballyvourney

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The Gael Saoire Ballymakeera and Ballyvourney
"Where Mountainy Men Hath Sown..."
On the main road to Killarney the twin Gaeltacht villages of Baile Mhic Íre (Ballymackeera) and Baile Bhuirne (Ballyvourney) are set amidst very beautiful hill and forest countryside, on the banks of the Sullane River and at the foot of the Derrynasaggart Mountains. Here are tranquil, undiscovered mountain trails and walkways, at the gateway to this central West Cork Gaeltacht with its own distinctive province of Mumha (Munster) Gaelic dialect.
From Ballyvourney the road through the Gaeltacht meanders along lush-green rolling hills and valleys. The village of Cúil Aodha (Coolea) is a well-spring of all that is best in Irish music and the Irish language. Seán Ó Riada, one of the greatest Irish music composers of the twentieth century lived here. Among Ó Riada`s great works are "Mise Éire" (I am Ireland) and "An Tine Bheo" (The Living Fire).

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