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From April 1st 1994 until the end of October 1998 my then husband and I owned and managed this campsite. We had bought it from a Dutch couple who had not looked after it very well and got it for a song. We spent the next four years improving the place. I must say it was the best job I ever had, it never felt like work to me, not even while I was cleaning the toilets! Most of our guests were very friendly and in a good mood (which a holiday will usually do to you) and we always took our time to get to know them by having a chat.
The campsite comprised of 58 pitches for caravans, 30 for tents, and a self catering apartment. There was a mobile home we rented out, and one we used for staff. Then there was a toilet block of course, and a games room, reception/shop, bar/restaurant, laundry, and the house we lived in.
We had a lot of repeat business, mainly from Northern Ireland, the UK and The Netherlands. Especially the people from Northern Ireland loved the fishing in the area, mainly for salmon and trout. Apart from that it was an ideal base for touring Connemara and Achill Island.
We had a lot of fun nights in the bar/restaurant, with live (traditional Irish) music. I also cooked traditional Irish food like Irish Stew, Beef & Guinness Stew and Sheperd's Pie. One night I even baked pancakes for an English caravan club of 40 people!