Lauragh boasts a church, a Post Office, two pubs (one for the leprechauns and one for the big people), a Garda Station and a school.
On first sight, however, it does not appear to have any houses (or not many at least).
In fact, most of this scattered community is tucked away up the narrow roads leading to Glanmore Lake, and can't be seen from the main roads.
Lauragh is the start (or end depending which way you look at it) of the fabulous Healy Pass road between here and Adrgole.
Kilmakillogue Quay is a pleasant, peaceful spot, mainly used by mussel fishing boats and leisure craft. The bay is filled with lines
of blue buoys, from which hang the long ropes on which the mussels grow, and the boats can often be seen working up and down the lines.
Overlooking the quay is Teddy O'Sullivan's bar, a completely unspoiled traditional Irish pub. That is to say, a bit rough and ready but clean and
welcoming. They do a very fine line in fresh salmon sandwiches, and a pint of Murphy's that almost tastes like Irish stout used to taste back in the seventies.
External Links and References
Ireland is Poor No More - Esquire Magazine
Dating from 2007 this article features Teddy O'Sullivan's bar and, although the title is dated, not much else has changed. https://www.esquire.com/lifestyle/a1201/esq0501-may-restireland/
Shronebirrane Stone Circle
Despite being very close to a modern bungalow, the setting of the Shronebirrane Stone Circle is magnificent, in the fertile
valley bottom surrounded on three sides by mountains.
The fourth side faces down the valley and there appear to be some stones missing in that direction. Coincidence or not?
The limekiln in Lauragh is believed to have been built in the early 1800s by one Finin 'Caoch' O'Sullivan, a prosperous local merchant who also operated a tannery and owned two sailing boats.
He was a near relative of the last Mac Finin Dubh, owner of nearby Derreen.