The source of the material that describes Kenmare in the follow-on
paragraph was gleaned from Liam Cousins' "My home town Kenmare" and
from the Kenmare Literary and Historical Society's "Kenmare Journal."
Visitors to our town are sometimes confused by the bilingual
signpost with the name Kenmare in large letters above and the
diminutive Neidin underneath. The early parish was variously spelled
Kynmare, Cinmair, Cillmare and Cillmaire. The prefix ken (ceann) an kin
(cinn) the gaelic are synonmous, meaning head of or end of.
..... Kenmare (ceann mara), head of or end of the sea where
Kenmare can be observed upon referencing a map of the area. The
name Nedeen derives from the district in and around the present town,
once occupied by the sub-sept of the McCarthys or as others would have
it, a sub-sept of the O'Sullivan Mores (more, meaning "large"
or "big" in gaelic) of Dunkerron, referred to as Sliocht Nedeen. It
tribal rather than a topographical significence.
One may ask what the region has to offer! In addition to its
beautiful scenery it boast some of the best
hotels in Ireland.
Fishing .. On lakes, rivers and down the Kenmare Bay and the
.. Reenagros island designed for - below the
"Park Hotel" on the Kenmare
River (so called because the Roughty and Sheen
rivers have combined to become one prior to the arrival of the Atlantic
Longer Treks .. Around Roughty - over Suspension Bridge by
Sheen Falls via Crossroads or in reverse order.
The Sheen River flows into the Roughty river
absent the tide. A beautiful luxury hotel aptly named the
"Sheen Falls Hotel"
is situated in close proximity to the
Pat Spillane .... Gaelic Footballer (Templenoe)
Mickey Ned Sullivan .... Gaelic Footballer (Kenmare)
Mikey Wharton .... Gaelic Hurler (Killowen)
Johnny McCarthy .... Master Chef - Teacher (Kenmare town)
Pat "Scarteen" O'Connor .... Politician (Kenmare town)
... and others who will be listed later .....
Composer Moeran - drowned off Kenmare Pier
Composed for the Halle Orchestra, London. Is buried in the
Old Church (Protestant) graveyard at Killowen.
Things said by people of the area.
Here's one or two:
Raining .. A nice soft day
Major problem .. A thing of nothing
Good/Fun Times .. Great Craic
News of local interest
Kenmare folks (whom townfolks know) are long back after a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of
experiencing a magnificent wedding at Saint Patrick's Cathedral. The
Saturday, May 25, 1996 had no equal. On exiting the cathedral the happy
couple were treated to seemingly fairy tale treatment. Folks observing
horse-drawn carriage and the radient bride in her resplendent gown
who the celebrity was that had just been wed. Tourists with cameras got
the way of the photographers who were attempting to capture the blessed
moment for the newly weds.
A circuit of Ireland
Rally is to end in Kenmare in October 1996. Participants are eager
enjoy Kenmare's hospitality as is the custom.
War-dogs, hungry and grey, gnawing a naked bone,
Fighters in every clime, Every cause but their own.
A message received from another Kenmareman with a compliment on
"Strange isn't it, I am from
Kenmare, North Dakota." Please reference this neat page which
offers Kenmare folks of ND an opportunity to identify themselves and to
An Irish-American politician by the name of O'Sullivan had a street in
New York city named for his mother's birthplace. In close proximity to
Kenmare Street is a Sullivan Street that was named in his honor.
When New York was Irish, no doubt!
Here are some interesting "originating" connections that are not widely
nor appreciated by historians. The contributions, the religion, and
timeline does not
fit neatly with notions about the arrival of a people. People who fought
died in America's cause.
Don't forget to view the Druid's Circle when you visit. Druids,
pagan priests, used the stone circles in connection with their rites.
stones in isolation appear to be headstones because of ogham writing
on them translates to a kind of "Here Lies So and So."