The history of the Monasteraden area is rich and varied with an abundance of archaeological remains and historic sites. It stretches from the early pre-historic age right through to the 16th century castle ruins around the shores of Lough Gara.
The Monasteraden area is well-known for Traditional Irish Music. Visitors can enjoy the special sound and rhythm from traditional instruments such as the flute, the fiddle, the accordeon and the bodhran. Sessions are common in all the local pubs during the summer. Also during the summer there is a musical festival in nearby Gurteen. It is in honour of the legendary Michael Coleman, and another in Ballaghaderreen in honour of Dr. Douglas Hyde.
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