The Burren

 

The Oakwood hotel is located just 30 minutes from the Burren in Co Clare.

The Burren is a region of County Clare in the southwest of Ireland. It is dominated by karst landscape of bedrock incorporating a vast cracked pavement of glacial-era limestone, with cliffs and caves, fossils, rock formations and archaeological sites. It measures, depending on the definition, at least 250 square kilometres. It measures, depending on the definition, at least 250 square kilometres.

 

The Burren National Park

The Burren National Park is located in the south-eastern corner of the Burren and is approximately 1500 hectares in size. The Park land was bought by the Government for nature conservation and public access. It contains examples of all the major habitats within the Burren: Limestone Pavement, Calcareous Grassland, Hazel scrub, Ash/Hazel Woodland, Turloughs, Lakes, Petrifying Springs, Cliffs and Fen.

For more information about The Burren National Park click here: http://www.burrennationalpark.ie

 

Medieval Era

In the Iron Age and early Medieval times, the Burren region was controlled by a tribe known as the Corco Modhruadh, meaning "seed" or "people of Modhruadh". They were one of dozens of minor tribes in Ireland at that time, which occupied a discrete area and were joined by a common bloodline or origin myths.

 

Cultural Attractions

The Burren has a long history of traditional Irish music. It is particularly known for the "West Clare Style" of concertina playing and the music festival in Doolin and Corofin.

 

For more information about The Burren click here: http://www.burren.ie

 

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