Kinvara, “The Head of the Sea”, is a gateway to the Burren in County Clare, is County Galway’s only prominent sea village on the southern shores of Galway Bay.
Situated at the head of Kinvara Bay, it once was a thriving port to which the necessities of life, such as turf fuel, were brought by the traditional Connemara sailing craft in the 19th century.
This trade is recalled each August in Cruinniu na mBad (“gathering of the boats”), a sea festival organised by the village.
Dunguaire Castle guards an end of the bay and is one of the most popular tourist spots in County Galway.
The castle was first built by the O Hynes in 1520.
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