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Burren coast view with flowers growing up out of the rocks

The Burren Ecotourism Network

B.E.N. is a network of tourism enterprises with the objective of establishing the Burren as a premier internationally-recognised sustainable tourism region ensuring the future economic and social growth and sustainable development of its communities, environment and heritage. It seeks to support continued training, mentoring and accreditation in sustainable tourism for its members and for businesses […]

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Bodhran Players at the Craiceann summer school on inisheer aran islands

Craiceann on Inisheer, Bodhran Festival

Unfortunately the Craiceann Summer School 2021 and 2020 was cancelled due the Covid 19 pandemic. The Craiceann Summer School or Bodhran Festival, which first began in 2001, returned to Inis Oírr (Inisheer) in 2019 for another great week of music making. Mícháel O’hÁlmháin who originally came up with the concept wanted to link the musical […]

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Aran Island Ferries from Doolin to Aran


When do you open? Our ferries operate from about the middle of March to early November. We operate 7 days a week and our offices are open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. As we are situated on the Wild Atlantic Way our ferries are subject to variable sea and weather conditions. Is there parking at […]

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The Plassey Shipwreck on Inisheer Aran Islands

The Plassey Shipwreck

In 1960 on a dark stormy night a freighter was washed ashore on the Island of Inisheer (Inis Oírr). The Islanders quickly gathered to the wreck to rescue those on board and to salvage what they could from the battering sea. The ship carried many goods that were never before seen on the island, including […]

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Aran Island Ferries from Doolin ticket office at Doolin Harbour

O’Brien Ferries Doolin History

O’Brien Ferries Doolin started out with a single traditional boat (a currach) operated by Bill O’Brien. Regulations were much more lax back then!  Over the years Bill O’Brien improved his boats increasing in size and comfort. The Irish Department of Transport regulations changed in 1987 and from then on they insisted that a ferry using […]

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Ted Fest on the Aran Islands

What the heck is Tedfest? Tedfest is the fantastic annual Father Ted fan convention held on the Aran island of Inis Mór. A fan of the hit tv series? Then TedFest 9 is a not to be missed event! The festival celebrates the much-loved Channel 4 programme Father Ted, despite the last episode of Father […]

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