The Burren

Dubbed "Kings of the Burren", The O'Loughlin's ancestral lands are one of the most unique places in all of Ireland.

Located in the North West of County Clare the area covers over 350 square kms. It's boundaries are bounded in the North by Galway Bay, in the West by the Altantic Ocean, in the South by a line across the villages of Doolin and Kilfenora, and in the East by the Gort Lowlands.

Once described by an officer of Oliver Cromwell's army while surveying the land as a 'Lunar Landscape" and further on " A savage land, yielding neither water enough to drown a man, nor a tree to hang him, nor soil enough to bury him".

With a description like that it gives some idea of the conditions our ancestors lived in and how hardy they were as a people.

An overview of The Burren

The Burren is "An Bhoireann" in Gaelic and when translated means "Stony Place".

The Burren is a magnificent karst limestone area which has a combination of many unusual features which make it unique in Europe. Its geology, flora, fauna, caves, archaelology, and history set it apart as a place of great mystery and beauty.

In a small, 100 square mile area, there are wonderful rivers, castles, peaceful lakes, towering cliffs, lush green valleys, barren rock mountains, green road walks - and constant relics of ancient civilisation; round towers, stone arches, dolmens, ancient churches, high crosses, crannogs, tombs, great houses, monasteries and holy wells such is the diversity of the lands.