The popular coastal tourist town of Ballybunion in County Kerry is a mecca for visitors in the summer months. With its two beautiful beaches Ballybunion attracts many families and young people who return year after year to its sandy coves and warm Atlantic waters, popular with swimmers and surfers alike.
The two beaches in Ballybunion are divided by a cliff on top of which stands the castle ruins. Historically 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!
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. A statue commemorating the golfing visit of Bill Clinton stands proudly in the town.
Ballybunion has many visitor amenities including an excellent variety of traditional pubs, restaurants and fast food outlets. Other attractions include the traditional Seaweed Baths near the beach, featuring sea water with kelp.
The International Ballybunion Bachelor Festival is an annual event bringing bachelors from far and wide to compete for the coveted title. A week long festival of music, drink, games and craic culminates in the winning Bachelor being crowned on Saturday night and feted in the Golf Hotel.
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