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67e. The Town of Kenmare, Co. Kerry

The Ring of Kerry - Iveragh Peninsula

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Visited Kenmare in September 2010

In Kenmare the N71 Ring of Kerry road meets the equally busy N70 Ring of Kerry road - so Kenmare is a very busy bustling pleasant town to visit with its many colourful cafes, pubs, hotels and restaurants to eat and drink in. Its quite a busy town with several tourist routes converging on it. Best to start at the heritage centre ..

 

The building housing the Tourist Office and Heritage Centre, and a wet start in the fine heritage town of Kenmare!

 

The Heritage Centre and Tourist Information Centre (Tourist Office) in Kenmare.

There are interesting information boards on well known Kenmare families and of course a mention of the Great Famine.

Also, the 'Nun of Kenmare', and the very finely crafted Kenmare lace.

Kenmare lace ..

... beautiful art and craft

 

Atlantic bar (blue centre right) is a charming 'Irish' bar in the square of Kenmare town.

 

Left: Quill's Woollen Market on the corner of East Park Lane and ?, Kenmare

Right: Glenaran Irish Market, Kenmare

 

Shops in the wooded green centre of Kenmare.

 

The weather brightening up!

 

One of the main streets in Kenmare and the weather brightening up!

 

 


The Holy Cross Church, Kenmare

 

Holy Cross Church, Kenmare is fine looking building in Kenmare.

 

Holy Cross Church, Kenmare was consecrated in 1864, and features a beautiful interior with ornate chancel, organ and carved roof.

 

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Looking towards the altar and stained glass window in Holy Cross Church, Kenmare.

 

The ornately decorated arches of the nave-aisle of Holy Cross Church, Kenmare.

 

Some of the magnificent stained glass windows of Holy Cross Church, Kenmare.

 

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The Prehistoric Kenmare Stone Circle

The Kenmare stone circle is more or less the full circle of stones, and the location is well kept!

 

The Kenmare stone circle is the biggest of its kind in southwest Ireland.

 

The Kenmare stone circle may have been orientated towards the sun.

 

In the centre of the Kenmare stone circle is a boulder burial, a body, or more likely cremated human remains, are buried in a stone lined grave (a cist) and then a large boulder placed on the top.

 

It is quite an atmospheric place.

 


A River and an old bridge

The tidal Finnihy River flows through Kenmare.

 

Cromwell's Bridge is an old medieval bridge that probably has no association with Oliver Cromwell and his invading army!

It has a very exaggerated arch, like many 'packhorse' bridges, possibly because of the high rise of the tides.

 

The bridge possible dates from the presence in the area of 11th century Augustinian monks.

 

It is obviously part of an old trackway to and from Kenmare.


Cafes and shops in Kenmare

 

The Bookshop Vegetarian Cafe, Kenmare

The Bridge Street Co-operative Society, Kenmare

Some 'ornate' doorways in Kenmare

Georgian, maybe?

The Bridge Co-Op Society ..

... Cafe in Kenmare

Cafe Mocha, Kenmare

Kenmare Ice Cream parlour

The Jam Cafe, Bakery & Deli in Kenmare.

Foley's Guesthouse and Restaurant Pub, Kenmare

? B&B, Bar and Restaurant, Kenmare

The Purple Heather Bar, Kenmare

The Cupan Tae Cafe Tea Shop, Kenmare

The Tom Crean Fish & Wine Restaurant, Kenmare

The Atlantic Bar, seafood restaurant, Kenmare

The clock ... ???

The Bread Crumb Bakery & Cafe

in Kenmare

The Pantry Organic Wholefoods store, Kenmare

and the Fruit Bean Sandwich & Cafe Bar, Kenmare

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