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Top Choice Cafe in Killaloe & Ballina

Wooden Spoon

In a narrow passage just up from the waterfront, this popular bakery and cafe offers up Med-flavoured fare in a colourful setting that brings a gentle splash of vibrancy to Bridge St. Expect pavlovas, flapjacks, tif…
Church in Killaloe & Ballina

Killaloe Cathedral

The present church dates from the early 13th century and was built by the O'Brien family on top of a 6th-century church. Inside, astonishing 12th-century carvings decorate the Romanesque southern doorway (on your ri…
Museum in Killaloe & Ballina

Brian Ború Heritage Centre

Named for the local boy made good as the king who, according to the political spinmeisters of his time, both unified Ireland and freed it from the Viking scourge. The centre does much to celebrate the legends, with …
Pub in Killaloe & Ballina

Liam O'Riains

At this grizzled, stone-faced old veteran, you're greeted by a cow-eyed, 12kg pike mounted on a wall near the entrance – he's an ugly mother. Everything else here, however, is lovely. Candles glow softly and windows…
Seafood in Killaloe & Ballina


Just beyond the church on Main St, this popular thatched pub (with peat fires) is noted for its big selection of fish. Sailors make mirth and plough into the hefty seafood platter in the restaurant or go for pub far…
Italian in Killaloe & Ballina

Tuscany Bistro Ballina

Small, smart and stylish, this Italian bistro has delicious and authentic fare. Amid the hearty soups, salads and pasta mains, you can also get pizzas or ponder a daily special and reasonable wine list.
Market in Killaloe & Ballina

Farmers Market