Killary Sheep & Wool Centre
The approach to Leenane is spectacular from all directions. This pretty, old world village lies nestled between the Mwelrea, Devil’s Mother and Maamturk Mountains and faces onto Killary Harbour – Ireland’s only Fjord and on the Wild Atlantic Way. You will step back in time to the era of the Bull McCable (the anti-hero of John B Keane’s play “The Field ” made into a film by Noel Pearson) as you enter Gaynors Pub featured in the film. Mingle with the local fisherman and sheep farmers in An Carraig, Gaynors or Hamiltons Bars and you will get a real flavour of a by-gone era perfectly complimented with all the comforts and convenience of the modern day.
For a historical and informative interpretation of the local culture and tradition take a stroll up the road to the Leenane Cultural Centre where history and culture is uniquely presented. Leenane has a good choice of places to eat from the tea shop in Leenane Cultural Centre to bar food, home cooking in the Blackberry Café and fresh local seafood in the Leenane Hotel. There is also a good variety of places to stay including a Country Lodge, a selection of Bed & Breakfasts and Leenane Hotel.
History & Culture
Leenane ( An Lionán in Irish) means a Ravine referring to the geographical landscape of the sea as it makes its way through the narrows of the fjord to this village There was a holy well in Leenane, where until the 1950’s, the old ladies from the area used to do the Stations of the Cross on a Sunday evening, this custom has died out but the well is still there today.
‘The Field’ , 1990, starring Richard Harris and John Hurt, Produced by Noel Pearson and Directed by Jim Sheridan