Islands in the Dream
Sounding like the title of a Dolly Parton song, Goleen is so beloved throughout Ireland that even a bungalow in Carryduff outside Belfast is named after it. The hamlet at the crossroads pulls on the heartstrings. Frank Keohane’s 2020 masterwork The Buildings of Ireland: Cork City and County mentions two of its buildings: St Patrick’s Catholic Church and Kilmoe Parish Church of Ireland. He also refers to two buildings in its neighbourhood: Ballyrisode House at Toormore and Church of the Poor Church of Ireland at Altar. Goleen’s architectural presence is mainly two storey vernacular except for one grand three storey Georgian house with shell pink painted walls and steel blue painted window frames and front door. Heading northeast from Goleen is Dunbeacon Castle or at least a wall of what was once Dunbeacon Castle. To the southwest is the golden expanse of Barley Cove Beach. West Cork never disappoints.
11 replies on “Lavender’s Blue + Goleen West Cork”
There’s an interesting historic harbour at Goleen too.
Looks like a beautiful part of the world 💞👌🏿. Jolene Jolene !!! 🎶🎶🎶. XX
Islands in the Stream lalala! It’s gorgeous. Hope you’re well. LVB X
Is that the castle 🏰 you’re staying in??!! Chilly 🏰
Aha! The Castle is coming… soon… LVB X
Such an historic part of the world ravaged by the Great Famine. Good to see it back on its feet as a tourist area.
The area caters wonderfully well for tourism these days with an improved road network connecting to all the scenic towns and villages along the coast.
You’re always finding these unknown places…
Keohane’s encyclopedic book is a great reference study for Cork city and the whole county.
A beautiful part of Ireland
Wonderful to be back here.