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Across the road from the friary is Killegy Churchyard. A large cross marks the grave of Henry Arthur Herbert, builder of Muckross House, who died in 1866. The 18th century reconstructed church was built as a mortuary chapel for Maurice Hussey of Cahernae, late Colonel in the army of James II, who died in 1714. The original church on the site was probably the 12th-13th century parish church....
This is an old monastic foundation, ascribed to the early Kerry Saint Lugach. The church in the graveyard was built probably by the Augustinians in the 15th century, though stones from an earlier church are built into its walls. The round tower is very well preserved although restoration has been done to other parts of the church. There is a round-headed doorway with an architrave or frame in raised relief around it. It holds the only example in an Irish Church of a Sheela-na-gig (Distasteful and explicit carvings of women). The Tower is located on private land but can be viewed from the car park. Further to the east is a 15th century abbey....
This is an old monastic foundation, ascribed to the early Kerry Saint Lugach. The church in the graveyard was built probably by the Augustinians in the 15th century, though stones from an earlier church are built into its walls. The round Tower is very well preserved, and has a round-headed doorway with an architrave or frame in raised relief around it. Further to the east is a 15th century Abbey....
This is the ideal way to visit many parts of the country, from Donegal to Kerry. Tours include a trip around the famous Ring of Kerry where you will experience some of the most stunning scenery this county has to offer along with visiting many historical and well known sites.
Once home to the famous Irishman, Daniel O Connell, Derrynane House now displays many relics of O Connell’s life and of his career as a lawyer, politician and statesman. There are also 120 hectares of parkland to roam as well as fabulous scenic sites to be seen.
Opened as a museum in 1967, Derrynane House has been a popular site amongst tourists ever since. Furnished with family portraits, writings and a great many items relating to Daniel O’Connell’s political life, it will appeal especially to the history lover.
A video presentation outlines the life and times of the great man who obtained Catholic Emancipation for Ireland. To Irish people he is known as ‘the Liberator’. ...
The oldest surviving artefacts of the Celtic church are the cross-pillars and slabs found at a number of monastic sites throughout the country. They represent the first tentative steps in the development of Irish ecclesiastical art. Unlike the alter ringed crosses which evolved from them, the earliest Christian crosses were simply inscribed on suitable natural stones with no attempt at shaping. Sometimes in situ pagan standing stones were adopted for the purpose.
The Reask cross-pillar is one of several early monuments recently discovered at an ancient enclosure in the west of the Dingle peninsula. It is among the most exquisite of its type and in the few years since it came to light it has attracted widespread attention. The late influence of Celtic La Tene decoration is implicit in the flowing spiral patterns, while the incorporation of the bold intrinsic facets of the stone into the overall design is especially striking, producing a harmony of line and form that is aesthetically very pleasing....
The Old RIC Barracks in Cahersiveen has become a major local amenity as well as a heritage centre. It houses the local tourist office and exhibitions of material on Daniel O Connell and the Fenian Rising in the locality....
The grandfather of poet Robert Graves rented the original house at Parknasilla as a summer residence. It was bought by Southern Hotels, who in 1890 erected a new hotel nearby, designed by the architect of the Park Hotel and Ashford Castle. Southern Railways, who found themselves in the curious position of owning a winter resort hotel nowhere near a rail station. Their passengers had to be conveyed by horse and carriage the not inconsiderable fifteen miles from Kenmare.
The view is magnificent: the bay is spread out before the hotel and is scattered with small islands - the hotel owns two, and you can walk to them over a footbridge and picnic there if you wish. There is also a little private rocky cove, hidden beside the indoor pool, where sailing boats and a motor boat for water skiing await your pleasure. There are large, well-tended grounds with palm trees, horses if you wish to ride, and a prize winning village to explore a few miles down the road.
The hotel has been entirely refurbished and a new wing added since its Victorian heyday....
The Great Blasket Island, located off the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, is known for its historic, cultural and literary heritage.
In the 1920's and 1930's, native Blasket writers produced books which have become classics of their kind. As its young people continued to emigrate, the Blasket community declined. The island was abandoned in 1953 when only 22 inhabitants remained.
The state of the art Blasket Centre, on the mainland in Dun Chaoin, celebrates the islanders and their unique literary achievements. It's dedicated to the native Irish language.
The average length of a visit is one hour. The Centre is fully accessible for visitors with disabilities and it's open for bookings during the winter, please telephone....
The Story of Kenmare and Mapped Heritage Trail.
The Heritage Centre covers themes such as: Kenmare Lace Exhibition (Lace Making Displays), Famous Visitors to Kenmare, The Nun of Kenmare, The History of Kenmare, Historical Sites in Kenmare, The Effects of the Famine on Kenmare, The Landlords of Kenmare.
Personal Sound Tours:
One of the features of the exhibition is the provision of personal Sound Tours, these are personal headsets which give each visitor an extra dimension to their visit....
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