Cahersiveen – A gem in the South West
Cahersiveen as a base in the heart of South-West Kerry offers a painters paradise. One has the opportunity to savour, an environment so rich in colour and beauty, that one would be forgiven for thinking, it’s a Universe all of its own. We in Cahersiveen town and rural area, extend a welcome, to all our visitors, and hope you have a memorable holiday. The Heritage centre is situated in the old Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks adjacent to the town centre.
Caherciveen is the principal town on the Iveragh Peninsula and is located on the River Feartha and at the foot of the Beentee Mountain. It is located on the Ring of Kerry which is the most scenicially beautiful drive in Western Europe and is also near Valentia Island overlooking Valentia Harbour.
The Barracks was designed and constructed during the period 1869-1871 and is arguably one of the most picturesque with its turreted structure nesting in the beautiful South Kerry landscape. With the careful restoration of this interesting building, services such as restaurant, craft workshops, audio-visual display, display of archaeological remains and a tourist information point are provided. As well as the breathtaking scenery that is to be found around Cahersiveen the area also has lots to offer in the way of activities including swimming walking, cycling, golf, mountaineering, a varied selection of water sports from diving to windsurfing, deep sea fishing, pony trekking, and shopping.
In the centre of Cahersiveen you will find the Daniel o’ Connel memorial church. Built between 1888 – 1902 this church is the most dominant feature/landmark in the town. It is one of the few catholic churches in the world dedicated to a lay person (Daniel O’ Connel) . It is constructed of Northern Irish granite (Co. Down) and built in a combination of gothic revivalist and medieval style architecture. The laying of a marble slab which serves as the cornerstone took place in 1888. This marble block is very special as it was a gift from Pope Leo XIII sourced from the catacombs in Rome.