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Cill Rialaig Arts Centre

Dun Geagan, Ballinskelligs, Ireland
+353 66 947 9277
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So we came up here for breakfast on a Monday to be told they don't serve food until Wednesday... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2017
Sandra C
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What a lovely place. The art may be a little niche but some of the best food in Kerry. Firstly it... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2017
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The Cill Rialaig Arts Centre was built in 1995 in the little Gaeltacht village of Dun Geagan, Ballinskelligs near Waterville and Cahersiveen. It features a wide range of exhibitions, programmes and workshops. Described by the London Times recently as a most modern and impressive art centre it has never lost the welcoming and warm ambience despite its little museum like architecture. The Arts Centre is associated with the international artists' retreat, Cill Rialaig, and many of the artists, Irish and International, who have been resident at the retreat leave works for sale at the Arts Centre to help support the Project. You are likely to run into well known artists, poets, writers and film makers who enjoy meeting one another and the local community as well as sampling the excellent food in the Cill Rialaig Café. In 1991, The Cill Rialaig Project began the rescue and restoration of a small pre-famine village on Bolus Head at the very end of the Iveragh Peninsula, thus creating the artists' retreat that has now attracted more than 3,000 artists from Ireland and from across the world. The Cill Rialaig Arts Centre offers the local community and general public the opportunity to meet and experience the work of the resident artists without disturbing the more remote and protected Cill Rialaig Retreat. Here, in addition to painting and sculpture, you will find fine crafts, decorative items made by artists, books, photographs, unique postcards, and small gifts.
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Dun Geagan, Ballinskelligs, Ireland
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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

So we came up here for breakfast on a Monday to be told they don't serve food until Wednesday. Signs everywhere saying open for breakfast... big no no for me. She's up going to the little cafe down by the beach for a fab toastie......More

Thank Sandra C
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

What a lovely place. The art may be a little niche but some of the best food in Kerry. Firstly it is a lovely intimate venue to sit and relax while you wait. But you will not be waiting long due to the very rapid...More

Thank Sam424424
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Whilst visiting a friend in Ballinskelligs, I found this Arts Centre and decided to have a look around , enjoyed a coffee ,& cake ! The Centre is set out very well and it was lovely to see all the artwork ,I have an art...More

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Reviewed 5 August 2017

You could miss it as you head for Ballinskellig. Its an interesting building on the left as you go in. Some lovely interesting pieces of art, wood sculptures, basket weaving and pottery on display and for sale some by local artists and other Irish artists....More

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Reviewed 1 August 2017

Excellent, but small arts collection. Clay Oven Pizza evening was fantastic. Product Prices rather high for its location.

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Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Art was very niche. The cafe was OK but very overpriced. My scone served on a slate was served with spray cream, was dry and hard to eat. I am taking more about the food as it held my interest more than the art ever...More

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Reviewed 15 June 2017

We stopped here to have a coffee on our recent trip to Ballinskelligs. The staff were very friendly and gave us a small piece of cake free as they had some left over from the previous evening. It was a nice gesture and went well...More

Thank Dell14
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Reviewed 8 May 2017

You will find this wonderful museum and cafe on the road to the Ballinskelligs Castle and Abbey. It contains art created by artists in residence at the Cill Rialaig Artists' Retreat not far from the museum on a cliff overlooking the Ballinskelligs Bay. The artists...More

Thank flaneur40
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

Had lovely flat white coffee and a caramel slice here and soaked in a fine exhibition of paintings by Dingle artist Aine Ní Críobháin. The building itself is gorgeous - be sure and look up at that ceiling in the art centre where you will...More

Thank TorOnTourIE
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Reviewed 20 June 2016

Lovely café and again such lovely pictures and paintings it would make you return soon. Susan Browne

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