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Bantry "The place of the Beann"



Bantry has gone through quite a few notable periods in history but it's location nestled deep with the the Beara and Sheepshead peninsula has brought many to it shores over the years.


Starting life as a small fishing village with its long stretching bay and shallow waters. Life was certainly not easy but a long fishing history and supply was enough to support local life.


Bantry has a long history as a market town and brought people from as far as the British isles to take advantage of its unique location and fishing stock. The town grew through the 18 and 19th century and was a prominent bartering mart for cattle and sheep.




The town like many others was struck by a downward turn in the early 20th contrary due to migration, the two world wars and only began to recover in the early 60s.


Today Bantry town is alive a kicking with a bustling farmers market ad thriving local tourist economy. The towns wonderful location on the Wild Atlantic way with easy access to ancient historical sights, walks and magnificent scenery make it a must stop town for those travelling to west cork.




Bantry market takes place every Friday and is one of the most vibrant markets in West Cork. The variety on offer is immense and spalls the whole town and down the marina. You can find farmers produce, vegetable, clothing pottery, basket weaving, handmade soaps, used books, a wide range of brickabrack and antiques and if that sounds exhausting then you will have more than enough food stalls to rest, have a bit and take it all in.




"Hot Pot's to Trot" are delighted to be part of the Bantry market every Friday. So why not pop down and simply one of our hot pot's and/or some of the many delights on offer buy the array of other local traders.



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