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Bantry is a town on the coast of County Cork, Ireland, located on the N71 route at the head of Bantry Bay. The Beara peninsula is to the northwest, with Sheep's Head also nearby, on the peninsula south of Bantry Bay.

As with many areas on Ireland's south-west coast, Bantry claims an ancient connection to the sixth century saint, Breandán (Naomh Bréanainn) the Navigator. In Irish lore Saint Breandán was the first person to discover America.

Bantry House, home since 1739 to the White family, the former Earl of Bantry, is located south of the town and is well worth a visit.

The town is an important economic centre to the region. Apart from tourism (Bantry has many excellent beaches for surfing due to being located at the West of Europe), fishing is one of the main industries. Mussels in particular are harvested in the area.

Read more about the history of Bantry and the famous West Cork Chamber Music Festival

For comprehensive and updated information on what do to and see in Bantry we recommend you visit the website of Bantry Tourism Association

[some information courtesy of wikipedia]