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Bréanainn / Brandon

Welcome to Bréanainn / Brandon

Sunrise on Cappagh Beach. ©John Hooton www.john-hooton.com Taken on Cappagh Beach looking towards Cloghane Village. ©John Hooton www.john-hooton.com

Brandon village is situated at the foot of Mount Brandon, on the northern shores of the Dingle Peninsula. Overlooking the inspiringly beautiful Brandon Bay, this region is distinguished by its amazing glacial features. Natural beauty is home here with glacial lakes and valleys, waterfalls, mountain trails and passes and the Atlantic Ocean – a perfect setting for walking, fishing, cycling, swimming, windsurfing, flora, fauna, heritage and culture.

Brandon, Bréanainn (named after St. Brendan), is a small fishing village with a quay still used by local fishermen. It has a rich heritage of music, language, and dance and is part of the Gaeltacht region, where the Irish language is spoken.

There are several traditional pubs in the area serving fine food, some specialising in locally-caught seafood. Sessions of music, song, and dance are held regularly in most of the local pubs, where young and old, visitor and local, join together in what locals would refer to as “having the craic!”

The longest beach in Ireland, which extends for twelve miles, begins in the Cloghane-Brandon area, stretching all the way along the coastline to the Maharees incorporating many beautiful strands including Fermoyle, Kilcummin, Gowlane, Stradbally and Fahamore.

The Comharchumann works closely with the artists in the area who produce a range of arts for all tastes. Féile an Leith-Triúigh, a cultural festival which is held in March celebrates all that is Irish in the area.

The Festival of Lúnasa takes place in the area annually on the last weekend in July, celebrating local music, culture and song. This is a family orientated festival which includes activities for all age-groups. Central to the féile is the traditional blessing of the boats held at Cé Bhréanainn on the Sunday. Féile Lúghnasa includes an Artists Trail which allows visitors a opportunity to visit the local artists in their studios and observe them at work.

Regatta Bhréanainn, the annual race meeting of the traditional canvas and tar covered boats, or “Naomhóga” is held in Cé Bhréanainn, Brandon pier at the end of August. This has historically been the last of the Naomhóg races held in a season. This tradition is important to the area which historically relied on the fishing and farming, in past times the back-bone of the local economy. Regatta Bhréanainn attracts tourists from many parts of the world, many of them are returning year after year to take part in the festivities with the local community.

Coláiste Gaeilge an Leith-Triúigh, a cultural tourism package offers visitors a unique experience incorporating an Irish Course for adults and families with a holiday in the area. Information on this and other activities can be found at  www.cflt.ie

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