The Michael Cusack Centre is located at the unspoilt village of Carron in the heart of the Burren at one of the highest points in the Burren Mountains and overlooks the largest Turlough (disappearing lake) in Western Europe. The centre traces the life and times of the founder of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA).

The centre offers a portal into nineteenth century life in Ireland, from living through the famine to the founding of the GAA. This unique story is brought to life in Cusack's original thatched cottage, as the ghost of Michael Cusack regales visitors with his story. This cultural and heritage centre provides an insight into Irish identity and is a part of who we are.

The centre offers an Audio-visual experience unequalled in Ireland. You can view a sample of the holographic expo on Youtube.

Tours at the centre can be tailored to visitors needs and interests educational, farming, geology or sport.

You can experience our National pass times at Michael Cusack's GAA Club, and you can even try your hand at Hurling and Gaelic Football.The centre provides visitors the opportunity to experience our native games, firstly, through a demonstration followed by visitor participation in the basic skills of lifting and striking a sliothár (hurling ball).

The centre has a beautifully restored Irish Cottage with a Cafe where you can enjoy Tea, Coffee, Sandwiches, Biscuits and Scones and there is also a Gift Shop.

 

Walking Tours

Just one mile from the Centre is the trail head for the Carron loop and caters for those wishing to exploretheflora and fauna of the Burren. This trail includes Carron Turlough, megalithic tombs, St Fachtnas Holy Well and spectacular views of the Burren landscape. Further information at Shannon Region Website.

 

Farm Heritage Tours 

The Centre also offers tours of working farms within the Burren. Local farmers illustrate how to farm on this unique environment and give access to tombs and other pre historic monuments not normally available to the public. Father Ted's house is located along one of the many different walks available to visitors. You can try this guided tour with a difference while on Tour with Ireland West Tours. More information is available at at their Website.

Michael Cusack 

Michael Cusack, born in Carron in 1847, founded the largest amateur sporting organisation in the world, the Gaelic Athletic Association. The Michael Cusack Centre, located in the picturesque limestone landscape of the Burren is situated at the original homestead. The centre and family homestead honours the founder of Ireland's greatest sporting and cultural organisation, the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). 

Visitors receive an informative talk on the life and times of Cusack, and then come face to face (literally!) with the Ghost of Michael Cusack in the original mid-19th century thatched cottage where he lived. Here Michael Cusack tells his own story, through a unique audio-visual experience incorporating revolutionary holographic technology, the first of its kind in Ireland. 

Visitors to the Centre will also be able to familiarise themselves with thegame of hurling on a first hand basis. In the green area after a demo with an experienced guide, they will be invited to take up a hurley and sliothár and learn some hurling skills under instruction from the guide. They will also be able to try out their new skills at our superb new hurling wall. 

Visitors are also invited to take a walk around the cottage grounds, where they will encounter the wonderful flora unique to the Burren. Lucky guests may even catch sight of our resident family of red squirrels as they go about their daily business. A set ofinterpretative nature panels placed around the grounds offers a guide to the flora, fauna and geology of the Burren area. 

The centre offers visitors a uniquely Irish experience and a fresh perspective on Irish history. The tour captivates and engages young and old, instilling a true understanding and appreciation of our native games and culture in the 1800's and in Ireland today.

You can get more information on the Michae Cusack Centre at their Website.

 

" We had a wonderful experience trying to find relatives. We had a private tour guide, Patrick, who took us to the end of the farthest peninsula. found distant cousins and in the end found dad's second cousin. He was professional and courteous."

Patty M, Texas, USA

 

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Satisfying the customer 

Over the years we have had several compliments on our drivers from many of our satisfied customers. Click on the link to "Tripadvisor" below to read, in full, the reviews of some of our many happy customers.

"We spent a wonderful day with Jim and are still raving about all we saw and did, as Jim showed us so many fabulous places. Your day will be very well spent if you can schedule Jim to show you this beautiful section of Ireland!"

Kathy J, Florida, USA

 

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