Rosmuc is a nice little village whose Irish name means "the peninsula of rounded hills”. The area is particlularly famous for the presence of Padraic Pearse's Cottage, now listed as a National Monument. The cottage was once the summer retreat of this Irish writer, who was also one of the leaders of Easter revolution in 1916. Pearse (1879-1916) was a keen promoter of Irish language and many of his short stories were written during his staying in the cottage.
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A nice village located at the foot of Errisbeg Mountain, on the west side of Roundstone Bay. Founded in the early years of the 19th century by Alexander Nimmo, the famous Scottish architect, the center now enjoys renewed vitality thanks to the efforts of the Industrial Development Authority, which supports small businesses. An excellent example is represented by the workshop of Malachi Kerns, a well-known manufacturer of "Bodhráns", the traditional goatskin drums. If you're here in July, don't miss the Hookers Regatta, where various classes of wonderful boats, with their typical red sails and black hulls, compete in the bay in front of the harbour.
The area is also a paradise for botanists and naturalists, thanks to its proximity to Roundstone bog, where grow extremely rare species, such as St. Dabeoc and Mckay heather.
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A charming, small town nestled in the Renvyle Peninsula, in the heart of Connemara, whose Gaelic name "Tulach na Croise" means "Cross on the hill". Here you can find everything to satisfy your necessities, from Renvyle Thatched Cottages, a row of traditional cottages to rent, up to the mechanic (and, traveling on uneven Irish roads, you sometimes really need him ...).
The local Church has beautiful stained glass windows by Irish artist Harry Clarke, and there are two nice pubs: Paddy Coyne's and The Anglers Rest. Beside Maol Reidh Hotel has recently opened "The white strand" restaurant, where you can find a nice choice of "pub grub".
If you are fans of Gaelic football, be sure to frequent the local sports field, where you can happen to watch some matches between local or amateur's teams (even groups of tender chick-looking children fighting like roosters!).
Admirers of Ogham stone appreciate the stele placed on the crossroads right at the entrance of the village, which is engraved with ancient symbols meaning "Gurteenaclough, i.e. little garden of stones".
Further on the road leading to Renvyle, there is the tiny village of Tully, yet big enough to have its well-stocked supermarket with petrol station (if you need some turf to heat your cottage, here you can buy the briquettes, which burn producing less smoke, at the expense of the characteristic scent ...).
For horseracing lovers, there is also a riding school, "The Diamonds", which offers great horseback riding in the surroundings. The eclectic owners also run the restaurant and the bar next door, as well as the Diamonds Fisheries, an import/export company of fresh and frozen seafood products.
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