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The Town of Sneem, County Kerry

Sneem (An tSnaidhm), County Kerry

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 Kenmare 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.

Then there is Golf

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, Robert Graves.

St. Brendan's Club

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, Riney's Pub. 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 Caherdaniel.

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 Sneem area.

Kerry Supporters ... Hotel Guide ... To See ... Munster Express

Sites of Interest

Egypt Land
Famine Times

Around the Area

Matters of interest to some.
Radio Television Eire

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Cecil's Place ... Ulster GAA