Camp Carrowkeel

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Aerial view of the campsite

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.

View from the mobile home
The grounds were about 4,5 hectares, and what wasn't used for the campsite we used for our pet donkeys. A friend of ours also mowed the grass to make hay for his horses. A small river for which we had the fishing rights were part of our land as well.

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!

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Aerial view of the campsite
Aerial view of the campsite
View from the mobile home
View from the mobile home
Our pet donkeys
Our pet donkeys
The main house (with my first car …
The main house (with my first car…
Cooling down with my dog in our ow…
Cooling down with my dog in our o…
Campsite with toilet block in Wint…
Campsite with toilet block in Win…
The apartment (downstairs was used…
The apartment (downstairs was use…
My foster brother on the neighbour…
My foster brother on the neighbou…
Flower bed at the entrance of the …
Flower bed at the entrance of the…
Area for tents with the games room…
Area for tents with the games roo…
Session in the bar/restaurant
Session in the bar/restaurant
Session in the bar/restaurant
Session in the bar/restaurant
Some of our regulars with the fish…
Some of our regulars with the fis…
Having breakfast with friends from…
Having breakfast with friends fro…
At the taping for a tv show as we …
At the taping for a tv show as we…
Klaas teaching our staff how to ma…
Klaas teaching our staff how to m…
Doing some necessary paintwork dur…
Doing some necessary paintwork du…
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