Ballybunion is a coastal town and seaside resort in County Kerry, Ireland, on the Wild Atlantic Way, 15 km from the town of Listowel. The famous Castle Green, where Ballybunion Castle sits, divides the two main beaches, with the Ladies Beach on the right and the Mens Beach to the left, names given to the fact that both sexes swam on separate beaches on the orders of the local parish priest, who, in days past, walked it daily to ensure the rule wasn’t broken. A wonderful tradition of Ballybunion is their Seaweed Baths, featuring sea water with kelp.
The ruins of Ballybunion Castle stand proudly on the cliff top overlooking the sandy beaches. It was constructed in the early 1500s by a branch of the Geraldine, the Fitzmaurices, who were lords of County Kerry.