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BANDON, the touring centre for West Cork is an old and historic town.  It was founded after the 1588 Plantation of Munster when Elizabeth 1 granted 14,000 acres of the O'Mahony forfeited lands including the family seat at Castlemahon to Phance Beecher. He undertook to colonise the settlement on the southern side of the river Bandon with English families, mostly Puritan.  The northern side of the river was settled by another undertaker, Hugh Worth, who also received a grant of 14,000 acres.  By 1608, the flat lands on both banks of the river were built over and the street pattern began to emerge.  In 1617, Richard Boyle the first Earl of Cork became the sole owner of Bandon Bridge.  He was responsible for the development of the town and completion of the town walls which enclosed 27 acres. It is interesting to note that many of the families invited by Boyle to settle in Bandon Bridge as it was then known were from Somerset and a number of names appearing on the roll of the Mayflower in 1620 were identical with the names of Bandon's new inhabitants.  Bandon has several buildings of historical interest, the most prominent being Christchurch on the north side - the first church built in Ireland in 1610 for Protestant worship. It is now the West Cork Heritage Centre and has an active Historical Society which conducts tours of the town during the tourist season.  Bandon is an ideal base for touring West Cork and Kerry.  The area is well serviced with hotels, guest houses, caravan and camping sites.  The town's fine shops ensure that the visitor has a wide variety of quality goods to choose at competitive prices.  The Morris Minor Rally coincides with the final weekend at Bandon's annual festival which guarantees fun and entertainment for all the family.  See you there!