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One of the reasons why people head to County Clare to enjoy the disparate elements of the Burren Food Trail, or to bask in the green wonder that is the Burren Ecotourism-Network, is the fact that wonderful, traditional hotels like Sheedy’s are a key part and parcel of these excellent initiatives. And what you will discover about Sheedy’s, then, perhaps after taking a meal in their new, bright, elegant, Hamptons Conservatory, is that here is a rare bird indeed, because perhaps the most important thing to be said about Martina and John Sheedy's hotel, right in the centre of Lisdoonvarna town, is that they do things the old fashioned way. You remember that way, don't you? When people made every element of a dish from scratch. When people cooked and served you breakfast, dish by dish. When people had time to welcome you, chat to you, advise and assist you when it comes to planning your day on the Food Trail, or discovering all, the elements of the Eco-Tourism Network. When people knew that the correct way to run a business was to enshrine hospitality as the epicentre of everything they did. That's the old-fashioned way, and whilst many of us miss it in the modern whirligig of hospitality that stresses style over substance, we are grateful that destinations like Sheedy's continue to incarnate the true Irish hospitality, the true Irish welcome. The cooking is true and delicious, the welcome is true and disarming, and a few days in Sheedy's is a balm for the soul.

Sheedys is a member of the Burren Ecotourism Network and the Burren Food Trail. Sheedys is also a member of Manor House Hotels.


John & Martina Sheedy
Lisdoonvarna, County Clare.
+353 65 707 4026

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