Ballybunion, County Kerry
Ballybunion is a very popular coastal tourist town in County Kerry. It is a mecca for visitors in the summer months and attracts many families and young people to its sandy beaches and warm Atlantic waters which have become popular with swimmers and surfers alike.
There are two beaches in Ballybunion, divided by a cliff on top of which stands the castle ruins. Traditionally the beach to the left of the castle was called the 'Men's Beach', and the one to the right the 'Ladies Beach', a reference to the era when men used to bathe on a separate beach from women and children. This practice has not been observed for decades! The nearby sheer cliffs over the beach have a scenic walking path, offering the visitor excellent scenery - sometimes dolphins can be seen in the waters.
Ballybunion is a very welcoming town with a great variety of traditional pubs, restaurants and fast food outlets. Other traditions include the beachside Seaweed Baths, featuring sea water with kelp.
A statue commemorating the golfing visit of Bill Clinton stands proudly in the town.
There are two golf courses in the area including the famous Ballybunion Golf Club, a top class links course founded in 1893 which was host to the Murphy's Irish Open in 2000 and Palmer Cup in 2004.
The Ballybunion International Bachelor Festival takes place annually, with bachelors from far and wide coming to compete for the coveted title. Amidst a week long festival of music, drink, games and craic, the winning Bachelor is crowned on Saturday night and celebrated in the Golf Hotel.
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