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35. A Co. Clare Burren car drive from Kilfenora to the coast near Ballyvaughan - part 1 Lemenagh Castle, Carron Church, Poulawack Cairn

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Kilfenora and St. Fachtnan's Cathedral - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

Leaving Kilfenora and St. Fachtnan's Cathedral, drive R476 eastwards to Lemenagh Castle.

 

Lemenagh Castle - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

Lemenagh Castle, has a chequered history, once boasted an imposing 5-storey tower house, part of which was rebuilt as a handsome 4-storey mansion in 1640 and was one of the stronghold of the O'Brien's (e.g. Conor ~1550's).

 

On the right hand-side of Lemeneagh Castle is the part of an older tower - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

On the right hand-side of Lemeneagh Castle is the part of an older tower of the castle in 1480.

 

Carron Church and 'stones and bumps' of a lost medieval village - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

At Lemenagh Castle, turn left onto the R480 Ballyvaughan road and a few miles up the road, on the right, are the ruins of Carran/Carron Church and 'stones and bumps' of a lost medieval village.

 

Carran/Carron Church - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

Carran/Carron Church was built around AD 1200.

 

The medieval south doorway of Carran/Carron Church - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

The fine 15th century medieval south doorway of Carran/Carron Church.

 

Carrying on up the R480 road you will see the sign for Poulawack Cairn. - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

Carrying on up the R480 road you will see a sign to the left for Poulawack Cairn.

 

Poulawack Cairn is an late neolithic-early Bronze Age cairn. - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

Poulawack Cairn is a late Neolithic-early Bronze Age cairn dating from 3400 BC

Poulawack Cairn is an late neolithic-early Bronze Age cairn - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

 

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Wild flowers on the limestone pavement - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland Ferns and orchids on the limestone pavement - Car drive from Kilfenora to Ballyvaughan, The Burren, County Clare, West of Ireland

Examples of the plant-life on the limestone pavement, noted in particular for its diverse flora existing in the cracks in the limestone rock with its many wild flowers and ferns and orchids. Continuing up the R480 brings you to one of the many stone ring forts of the Burren ...

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