Cahersiveen, Heart of your Ring of Kerry vacation
“O the town that climbs the mountain and looks upon the sea” (Sigerson Clifford – The Boys of Barr na Sráide)
Cahersiveen, often spelt Caherciveen or Cahirciveen is the capital and focal point of the Iveragh Peninsula.Cahersiveen lies at the foot of Beentee mountain, on the river Fertha and overlooks Valentia Harbour. The small town of Cahersiveen with a population of around 1294 people is located on the famous ring of Kerry, renowned for its spectacular scenery. Being one of the westernmost towns in Ireland, Caherciveen is also one of the westernmost towns in Europe.
The writer Sigerson Clifford was also born in the town and his poem “The Boys Of Barr Na Sraide” has been immortalised in song. The town contains many ancient anchoritic sites (heritage sites). Five of these are seen close to the town.
Traditional fairdays or market days are still occasionally held on the streets where young and old, visitors and locals meet and chat. A visit to Cahersiveen ensures intimate bars, superb food, excellent accommodation and a wide range of shops.
Known as Cathair Saidhbhín in native Irish (meaning town of Little Sadhbh) Cahersiveen as a base in the heart of South-West Kerry offers a painters paradise. One has the opportunity to savour, an environment so rich in colour and beauty, that one would be forgiven for thinking, it’s a Universe all of its own.
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