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A small fishing village, also known as Fisherstreet, on a sandy bay some 3km from Aill na Searrach, the northern end of the Cliffs of Moher. Doolin is world-famous for its wealth of Irish folk music and in recent years has been attracting crowds to spontaneous sessions and festivals or 'fleadhanna' of Irish and international music. Lots of music pubs and restaurants. Overlooked by Doonagore Castle, an unusual circular tower within a walled bawn enclosure, which has been restored as a residence. Nearer the sea, Iron Age burial mounds dot the surrounding landscape.
One of Doolin's claims to fame is that it is the main setting for the PlayStation 3 game Folklore. According to the game's storyline, the Netherworld, the world of the dead is a realm that can only be accessed from one place in the world, the sea-side village of Doolin.
Doolin is one of three places (Galway and the village of Rossaveal on the northwest shore of Galway Bay are the others) with ferry services to the Aran Islands, which are visible from the town.
The Aille River runs from the hills of the Burren down past Doolin to meet the sea. The small Crab Island is a short distance out from Doolin Harbor, barren except for the remains of a 19th Century stone constabulary outpost.
We had a wonderful trip and all the guys thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it. Thank you for putting together great itinerary. We did have have the normal Irish Weather for a few days (Ballyliffin) during the second half, resulting in us passing on playing at Castle Rock. But that was O.K with us.
We had great weather at Portrush - just as it was at County Down. Though I played better at Rush than at Down - I think Down is more superior to the Rush! I am certain this debate will never end!
With regard to the hotels - all of them were great - Ballyliffin Lodge, Bushmills Inn were exceptional. As I did mention to you we did not have hot water in the morning at Sandhouse Hotel. But those thing do happen.
Joe was great, punctual and very obliging to all our requests. He did take us on some side trips ....Bushmills brewery, Giant causeway.........etc.
THANKS AGIAN FOR PUTTING TOGETHER A GREAT TRIP!
Shall keep in touch!
Dr. Radha Krishnan, Vienna, VA