🇮🇪 Bantry is a town in the civil parish of Kilmocomoge in the barony of Bantry on the south-west coast of County Cork, Ireland. It lies in West Cork at the head of Bantry Bay, a deep-water gulf extending for 30 km to the west. The Beara Peninsula is to the north-west, with Sheep's Head peninsula to the south-west. The town is a service centre for a large catchment area, including both the Beara and Sheep's Head peninsulas. Livestock fairs were held in the square in the past. It is no longer a major fishing port, mussel-farming having replaced the traditional trawling. Tourism has been a major part of the economy since the 19th century, exploiting the coastal scenery of the region, and the town contains a number of hotels and guest-houses. There are small-scale local industries, including pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs and building materials. Bantry became a Fairtrade Town in 2006.
Bantry hosts two cultural events each summer – the West Cork Chamber Music Festival and the West Cork Literary Festival. These feature musicians and writers of international stature, with performances at various venues in the town. Bantry held the Atlantic Challenge International Contest of Seamanship, in which 15 nations competed. The inner harbour contains a marina comprising 40 berths and associated facilities.
Bantry has a population of over 2,722 people.