Fox in the hedge

Culture & Education

Thanks in part to the fact that it is isolated and unspoilt, the Loop Head peninsula’s unique cultural heritage remains largely intact, and you’ll see signs of it wherever you go. Scores of artists, writers and musicians have come to live on Loop Head because its atmosphere and location are conducive to creativity. Others were born here. And you’ll find many of them are willing to share their skills…

Culture & Education

Wander around the grounds of Carrigaholt Castle

  The castle at Carrighaolt has always been a beautiful landmark, from out in the estuary, to when you drive into Carrigaholt from Kilkee and the view of the estuary opens up before you. Carrigaholt Castle is one of Ireland’s many tower houses and was built around 1480 by the… ..Read more >

Kim Thittichai, Sonas Studio.

Sonas Studio is situated between The Bridges of Ross and Loop Head light house on the L2000 coast road and has wonderful views over Fodra and Ross bays. It is the working studio of Kim Thittichai, textile artist, photographer, author and tutor. Kim holds regular open studio weekends if you… ..Read more >

Carmel T. Madigan incorporating Loop Head Summer Hedge School

The Loop Head Summer Hedge School was founded in 2013 by artist and author of natural history books on the area, Carmel T. Madigan.  The Loop Head Summer Hedge School operates on the ground at Loop Head during July and August and throughout the year.  We provide an outreach service… ..Read more >

Cultúrlann Sweeney

The Sweeney Memorial Library in Kilkee was founded in the 1950s with money bequeathed by Dr William Sweeney, from Union City, New Jersey, whose father was born in Kilkee in 1833. After an extensive refurbishment, which cost €1.6 million and doubled the size of the building, it reopened in February… ..Read more >
Irish musicians


Like the rest of County Clare, Loop Head is a haven for music-lovers, and especially those who are fond of traditional music. Perhaps the best-known local music event is the annual trad festival at Moyasta in August/September. The Nell Galvin Traditional Music Weekend honours the celebrated concertina and fiddle player… ..Read more >
Irish History


Ireland has one of the strongest storytelling traditions of any indigenous population in the world. On Loop Head, a wealth of folklore – some ancient, some relatively recent – has been passed down from generation to generation, with the stories often embellished for greater effect. The oral history and folklore… ..Read more >
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