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Top Choice Bakery in Killaloe & Ballina

Wooden Spoon

Strewn with old cookbooks, the Wooden Spoon is renowned for its baking, and queues regularly stretch out the door. Savoury dishes span frittatas to spinach- and chorizo-stuffed filo pastries; sweet treats include mi…
Church in Killaloe & Ballina

Killaloe Cathedral

Built by the O'Brien family on top of a 6th-century church, Killaloe Cathedral dates from the early 13th century. Astonishing carvings decorate the Romanesque southern doorway (on your right as you enter). Nearby is…
Museum in Killaloe & Ballina

Brian Ború Heritage Centre

Inside the former lock keeper's cottage on the little islet Between the Waters, the Brian Ború Heritage Centre celebrates the local boy made good as the king who, according to the political spinmeisters of his time,…
Italian in Killaloe & Ballina

Tuscany Bistro Ballina

Small and stylish, with striped chairs and gleaming timber floors, this Italian bistro has an extensive list of pastas, pizzas and expertly cooked mains such as veal with lemon sauce, along with a reasonable wine li…
Pub in Killaloe & Ballina

Liam O'Riains

A linchpin of the local community, this stone-fronted pub has trad sessions from Thursday to Sunday between late April and early September, and spontaneous sessions throughout the rest of the year.
Pub in Killaloe & Ballina


On Ballina's main street, this thatched pub has stone floors, peat fires and picnic tables on the street out front for an alfresco pint with views across the river to Killaloe. Skip the food.
Market in Killaloe & Ballina

Farmers Market

The twin towns hold their excellent farmers market on the islet Between the Waters, off the bridge on the Killaloe side.
Historic Site in Killaloe & Ballina

Beal Ború

Situated 2.4km north of Killaloe's town centre, this earthen mound is believed to have been Kincora, the fabled palace of the famous Irish king Brian Ború, whose forces defeated the Vikings at the Battle of Clontarf…