Ring of Kerry – Cahirciveen
Cahirciveen is a small rural market town situated in the southwest of County Kerry. Lying at the foot of Benetee mountain on the River Fertha overlooking Valentia Harbour, Cahirciveen is the capital of the Iveragh Peninsula. Situated halfway around the Ring of Kerry, it is best known for its breathtaking scenery, historical sites and its diverse sporting activities.The shopping centre of South Kerry, traditional fairdays are still held on the street where everyone meets and chats. Visiting Cahirciveen you are guaranteed intimate bars, superb food and a wide range of shops.
The town is best known for being the birthplace of Daniel O’Connell – the liberator of Ireland and was also the birthplace of the writer Sigerson Clifford whose poem “The Boys of Barr na Sraide” has been immortalised in song.
Cahirciveen has often been described as a “painters’ paradise” where many artists come annually to paint some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe. It is also a “wonderland” for historians , with historical sites to be found in abundance throughout the area. Among these is the beautiful 19th century Daniel O’Connell Memorial Church located in the middle of the town, it was built in 1775 to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Daniel O’Connell. It is highly unusual for a church to be dedicated to a statesman rather then a saint however it is an indication of the high regard the people had for O’Connell.