This is the beginning of a page on the Kerry "tidy town" winner, Sneem.
It is set at the head of the Sneem Estuary and is located between
and Waterville. The famed hotel
is within three miles of the town. It has hosted many
of the world's personalities like Bernard Shaw, Charle Chaplin, Charles
DeGaulle just to name a few. The wooded grounds of the main hotel are intersected by a labyrinth
of salt-water channels; the bathing is good both in the sheltered
waters and from the open strand that lies beyond.
The hotel property occupies what was formerly that of Dr Charles Graves
(1812-99) Dublin-born, mathematician and Anglican Bishop of Limerick.
His son, Alfred Percival Graves (1846-1931), was composer of "Father
O'Flynn." He published Songs of Old Ireland in 1882 and
Songs of Erin in 1892. The Bishop's grandson was England's poet,
Sneem is on the Ring of Kerry. It has two opposing triangular greens
on either side of the bridge that divides the town. Nigh, on top of bridge
that separates them, sits,
Monuments to Cearbhaill O'Dalaigh
(1899-1976) former President of Ireland, who lived in
Sneem, have been
erected in the two rectangular squares.
Staigue Fort lies to the west of the town as does
A family of the area, by the name Casey is synonymous with strenght and athletic prowess, most
notably in boat racing, wrestling and boxing.
Steve Casey went on to
become a World Champion wrestler. Steve emmigrated to the USA settling in the
Boston area. His brother, Mike, fought professionally as a boxer in England. Other
members of this gifted family have had a long history of winning major boat
races in and around the South of Ireland.
Kerry footballers, Killian Burns, John Egan and Miksey
Palmer (of an earlier era) all won All-Ireland trophies playing for the Kingdom, they hail from the