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Three local men – Timmy Lyons, Long Paddy and Mr Clarke – who spent many a hard and happy day saving the hay

Three local men – Timmy Lyons, Long Paddy and Mr Clarke – who spent many a hard and happy day saving the hay

The Ballybunion Percussion Band

The Ballybunion Percussion Band

Tom McCarthy, the famous Ballybunion piper, who was born in 1799

Tom McCarthy, the famous Ballybunion piper, who was born in 1799

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Three local men – Timmy Lyons, Long Paddy and Mr Clarke – who spent many a hard and happy day saving the hay

FOR centuries, the beautiful seaside town of Ballybunion in north Kerry has welcomed visitors from around the world.

But the origins of the town go as far back as 4,000 BC, when early fishing communities put down roots at the spot where the mighty Atlantic Ocean meets the south eastern shores of the Shannon.

The town's story is told in a new book 'Ballybunion -- An Illustrated History', by local historical researcher Danny Houlihan.

Among the many fascinating historical tales the book recounts is the story of the famous Lartigue Monorail railway, built by French railway pioneer Charles Lartigue, which once linked Ballybunion to the market town of Listowel.

'Ballybunion -- An Illustrated History' is published by History Press, €17.

Irish Independent