Jump to navigation Jump to search This article is about the town in Ireland. Iveragh Peninsula and the Beara Peninsula. Kenmare is in the Kerry constituency. The entire area was granted to the English scientist, Sir William Petty by Oliver Cromwell as part payment for completing the mapping of Ireland, the Down Skier malin PDF in 1656.
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He laid out the modern town circa 1670. William Street, after Sir William, 1st. However, the area has more ancient roots. The circle has 15 stones around the circumference with a boulder dolmen in the centre.
Vikings are said to have raided the area around the town which at that time was called Ceann Mhara, which means « head of the sea » in Irish. Kenmare from their convent in Newry, County Down. A suspension bridge, which is claimed to be the first in Ireland, over the Kenmare River was opened in 1841 and served the community till 1932 when it was replaced by a new concrete bridge. The town library is one of the Carnegie Libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie. It opened in 1918, and the architect was R. Holy Cross Catholic Church in Kenmare was consecrated in 1864.
It was built under the guidance of Archdeacon Fr. John O’Sullivan – who is interred within the church. The Church of Ireland church of St Patrick celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2008. The town has been a winner in the Irish Tidy Towns Competition in 2013, 2000 and was a runner-up in 2003 and 2008. As a result, it is a popular tourist destination and many of the businesses in the area cater to tourists. The town is noted for its food and pubs. Since the late 1990s the tourism industry has driven local construction work, with land being sold at high prices to developers wishing to build estates of holiday homes.
Kenmare was home to composer Ernest John Moeran for a number of years up to his death and a local bar was named after him – but has since been renamed. Diplomat Con Cremin was also from Kenmare, as is senator Mark Daly. Francis Brennan is the owner of the five-star Park Hotel in Kenmare. He and his brother John, owner of the nearby Dromquinna Manor Hotel in Templenoe, are known for their TV series « At Your Service ». Due to its location at the centre of a large agricultural area, Kenmare served as the local market town.