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Burren Fine Wine and Food is owned by Cathleen Connole since 1999 and is a part of the Burren Ecotourism Network.

Nestled between the enchanted Hills of the Burren is the century old stone coach house that houses Burren Fine Wine & Food, which is situated on the grounds of the former parochial house of Glenaragh Church about two miles past the centre of Ballyvaughan.

 

Cathleen's Story

Burren Fine Wine & Food is situated at the bottom of Corkscrew Hill, two miles from the beautiful village of Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare, Ireland, mid-way on the Wild Atlantic Way. 

Specialising in summer lunches, afternoon tea, guided eco walks and cycles, quality wines, gourmet hampers and corporate gifts for all occasions, dedicated to those who appreciate the finer things in life.

They are committed to continuing to improve their environmental performance, minimising their environmental impact on the beautiful area in which they live. Due to their location and firm belief in the principles of ‘Leave No Trace’ they hope to embrace its ethos into their business.

Cathleen grows or sources much of the food she serves from local farmers and traders.

It is in this very place over two hundred years ago, that John Blake Dillon sought refuge before his dramatic escape to America. The house’s old chimney gable still stands testament to its past. The Burren Food & Wine areas' rich history, as well as its idyllic location, are not the only attractions one can enjoy and partake in.

It is within these walls every summer season that you can enjoy a selection of tasty lunches from the menu, including healthy salads, homemade bread, scones and a range of mouth-watering desserts or simply just soak up the tranquil atmosphere with a glass of wine or a cup of tea.

It is not only the vegetables that are organic, the House Wine is none other than the now famous additive free Galway Bay Wine produced in the Languedoc area of France by Cathleen's brother Noel O’Loughlen. It is from this building that Noel operated one of the first wine shops in Ireland during the early 1980’s.