Counties of Ireland

A wee bit of Irish geography.  During the trip we will be visiting and playing in four counties: Dublin, Clare, Kerry and Cork.

County Dublin is the home of the city of Dublin of course, and the 1.2 million residents in the county.

County Clare is the home of the villages of Lahinch and Doonbeg where we will start the golf tour.

County Kerry is the home of village of Ballybunion and the cities of Tralee and Killarney.

County Cork is the home of the Old Head

About the villages, towns and cities…

Lahinch in County Clare is a small village with a population of 642.  It is mostly known for the golf course we will play Lahinch Golf Club and more recently for the surfing.  Earlier this winter the promenade, seawall and businesses on the promenade took a beating in a severe winter storm.  Check out the pictures here, here and here.

Doonbeg in County Clare is another small village of just 754 residents.  For a small village it has a good selection of pubs.

Ballybunion in County Kerry is a village in County Kerry with 1365 residents.  Not surprisingly the village is most famous for the Ballybunion Golf Club which was founded in 1893.  What is surprising is the town has a statue of Bill Clinton.  In the statue he is holding his club.

Tralee is the largest town in County Kerry with a population of 23,000.  The Tralee Golf Club is actually 14km away, west on the Atlantic coast, from the centre of Tralee which is located at the head of Tralee Bay.

Killarney in County Kerry will be our home for three nights.  It has a population of 14,000 and sits of the shore of Lough Leane which is part of Killarney National Park.

Old Head Golf Links in County Cork is nearby the village of Kinsale with its 2100 residents.  Kinsale is well known as a tourist town with its brightly coloured shops, excellent restaurants and a Gourmet Festival.

 
Note that the counties of Clare, Kerry and Cork are 3 of the 6 counties that form the province of Munster.

Counties of Ireland

 

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Donald Trump buys Doonbeg for $21M

Donald TrumpThe Donald bought the Doonbeg resort in February, the golf course and the lodge, for €15M (~21M USD).  There were news reports all over Ireland at the time because the resort was losing a lot money since it opened in 2002.  See here, here and here.

One interesting item in the reports is the resort will be renamed as “Trump International Golf Links Ireland”.  Not clear if that will happen before we get there in September 2015.