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Gougane Barra Church

Gougane barra is one of the most unique and special places in the whole of County Cork due to its incredibly beautiful setting in an ancient glacial valley hidden in the remote hillsides of West Cork. It is most famous for its tiny Church which sits on a little promontory sticking out into a pretty lake, with lush forests at low level rising quickly to dramatic barren hillsides all around. This contrast and unique setting gives Gougane a serene and spiritual feel which cannot be found anywhere else. The lake is placid most of the year and provides idyllic shots either from the shore or on the water, but in Winter can be a dramatic, almost ghostly place.


So popular is it with the Irish that the waiting list to be married in the tiny Church stretches to years not months! Despite being entirely open to the Public it is in fact a very special and Holy place with great significance for the people of Cork County. It was said that St Finbarr, Patron Saint & Founder of Cork City came here and was so inspired that he built and dedicated the now ruined Monastery and Monks cells on the Island adjacent to the present day Church, which are still intact and also a great atmospheric filming location. It is generally recognised that this special place goes much further back than Christianity and when you visit you can’t help but feel the atmosphere in this ancient place.


The Church is very photogenic but extremely small, so filming is somewhat limited inside, but the exterior more than makes up for it – the perfect place for a film wedding. Access is ideal as there is a good road right up to the Church gates and lots of parking and Production Support at the adjacent Hotel which, incidentally, does not detract from the views as it is low and carefully screened by trees.  The family run Hotel can provide meals & accommodation. They are very accommodating and can also hire out small boats for fishing/hand-held filming.


Distance from Cork: 1 hour 30 minutes
GPS Co-Ordinates N51˚50.164 W009˚19.595
Address: Off the R584 Ballylickey – Ballingeary Road 10km North of Kealkil
Region: West Cork
Website: www.gouganebarrahotel.com


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