Ardmore, on Ardmore Bay, is an attractive little resort with a long sandy beach and a language college. Simple hotels and a guest-house or two command awesome views over the bay. A blue-flag award for its clean beach and a 'tidy town' commendation indicate a sense of local pride. One of its best-known residents is the popular novelist Molly Keane. An ancient place, Ardmore saw the foundation of Ireland's earliest Christian settlement when St Declan arrived here from Wales, some 30 years before St. Patrick. His bell and vestments were miraculously borne across the water by a glacial boulder, now tiplifted on a little spur of rock on the beach. It promises wondrous healing powers for all agile enough to creep beneath it.
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