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Carrigaholt, from the Irish meaning meaning “Rock of the Fleet”, is located on the mouth of the River Shannon.

It is part of the Loop Head Peninsula at the edge of the Shannon Estuary, home to Ireland’s only resident 120 bottlenose dolphins.

Carrigaholt is an old fishing port overlooked by a 15th century castle, built by the MacMahon family in 1480. The castle today is under the care of the Office of Public Works

A boat trip from Carrigaholt Pier around the peninsula is worth a try, where you will see the resident dolphins and amazing views of the coastline and cliffs around Loop Head.

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