Kerry, Cork + the Southwest

Kerry, Cork + the Southwest Travel Guide

A collection of works by West Cork ceramicists Sara Flynn and Mary Neeson, whose porcelain lanterns are like miniature Mariko Mori sculptures.

An ideal pub with traditional music and the feel of Old Ireland.

The weaver sells her wool and linen throws and wall hangings, along with leather goods.

The hike to the top takes a solid half-hour, but the vistas on the way up are worth it if the visibility is good.

Cork's best artisans and purveyors gather here to sell products like soda bread, organic greens and seafood. The 1780's brick structure's interior was devastated by a fire in the 1980's and has since been restored.

A new-age bar in the Jury Cork hotel with plate glass and sleek iron fireplaces.

Daylong classes on the 100-acre organic farm includge mushroom foraging, wine tasting, and raising chickens. Indulge in a class taught by Rachel Allen (granddaughter-in-law of Myrtle, Ireland's Giada De Laurentiis) in a loftlike demonstration kitchen.

Writers from the West Cork Literary Festival soak up local atmosphere at this classic pub.

Description:
If Ireland can be said to have rocked the game out of its cradle and raised it on creamy stout, the brawniest of its brood is Ballybunion, named after the adjacent seaside town in rural County Kerry.