Bantry Bay, an inlet of the Atlantic on the S. W. coast of Ireland, county Cork, about 24 m. long from S. W. to N. E. and from 3 to 5 m. wide. Near the entrance, on the N. W. shore, is a harbor deep enough for the largest ships, called Bear Haven, sheltered by Bear island. Near the head of the bay, on the opposite shore, is the town of Bantry, 44 m. W. S. W. of Cork, with a roadstead protected by Whiddy island, which has three circular redoubts; pop. about 3,000. The town has an export trade in agricultural produce. In Bantry bay, in 1689, the French fleet which brought James II. to Ireland was victorious in an engagement with an English fleet under Admiral Herbert. It was also the place determined on as a rendezvous for the naval forces with which the French designed to invade England in 1796. The scenery around the bay is very picturesque. Near the N. shore, about 6 m. N. N. E. of Bear Haven, is the cataract of Hungry Hill, which pours down in a series of cascades the waters of three small lakes from an elevation respectively of 1,011, 1,126, and 1,360 feet.