Melanie McDonagh Melanie McDonagh

Travel: Ireland’s wild west

<em>Melanie McDonagh</em> goes in quest of the Burren, with its ancient churches, rugged landscapes and extraordinary flora

The problem with writing about the Burren is that there’s no consensus about where it is. Different people have different ideas. On my first trip there, I plaintively asked a girl in a café in Kilfenora, whose heyday was probably the 11th century (Kilfenora, that is, not the café) where the Burren was and she jerked her thumb towards the door.

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