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A Church Wedding in West Cork

You have decided on a Church Wedding but have not yet selected the Church. Have you considered a Church Wedding in scenic West Cork. It has an abundance of beautiful churches in surroundings that offer wonderful, post-ceremony photographic
opportunities.
The region also has another advantage: it has a large number of excellent hotels which host wedding receptions to cater for all tastes.
Some of the West Cork churches that have become very popular for weddings are listed here. All, except the final one on the list are Roman Catholic; the final one is Church of Ireland (Anglican).

 

Gougane Barra: "Oratory of St. Finbarr"
This is one of the most spectacular wedding-locations in the world - a scene of absolute serenity - an oratory on a lake-island among the rolling, wooded hills of West Cork.

 


Darrara, Clonakilty: "Sacred Heart Church"
This is a beautiful little rural church with well-manicured lawns. It is not far from Liselane Estate which offers magnificent surroundings for bridal photographs and is open to the public.
 

Rathbarry, Clonakilty: "St. Michaels Chruch"
A tranquil setting with tree-clad hills in the background. The Church is on the outskirts of the beautiful, well tended village of Rathbarry, which in recent years has been consistently among the winners of its category in the Annual National Tidy Towns Competition.

Courtmacsherry: "Church of the Sacred Heart"
This is a seaside church, overlooking Courtmacsherry Bay. The sound of the sea and the call of the sea-gulls will provide nature's background-music for your wedding ceremony.

Ballydehob: "St Brigids Church"
This Church located on a hill-side looks down over both the village of Balydehob and Roaring Water Bay. A unique feature of the interior is the altar-table which is a chunk of rock rough-hewn from the local landscape just like the sea-eroded rock-face of the nearby headlands.

Rath, Baltimore: "Sacred Heart Church"
This Church is in a secluded setting of almost monastic peace and silence. However, only a short distance away is the village
of Baltimore with its fabulous coastal scenery.
 
Castletownshend: "Church of St. Barrahane"
We tend to associate village churches with main-street or hill-side locations - visibility seems to be a chief concern in the choice of site. This is not so in the case of St. Barrahane, which is located at the foot of a cul-de-sac main street that runs steeply down to the sea. The Church is near the waters edge in this picturesque village of Castletownshend and is absolutely
charming.
 
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