Cahersiveen town is situated on the slopes of Beentee mountain and located on the River Fertha. It is the principal shopping town of the KerryIDSR, with three banks, a post office, numerous pubs and eating places. It is connected to the Irish road network by the N70 road, and has a population of 1,294 approx. The Catholic church in the town is the only one in Ireland named after a lay person, Daniel O’Connell.
The lovely decommissioned Royal Irish Constabulary Barracks, now a heritage center, according to legend, was built from the plans for a British barracks in India, but the plans that got mixed up and the ‘real’ Cahersiveen garrison barracks is now standing someplace in India leaving Cahersiveen displaying what is certainly a stunning feature on the skyline of the town see photo top.
STARGAZING: The orangey glow of the towns street lights prevent any quality Stargazing for which the KerryIDSR was awarded. Cahersiveen is only a 20 minute drive away from the nearest Dark-Sky Core Zone area, but if astronomy or stargazing is the primary aim of your visit then it is recommended that you stay in the Core Zone regions as displayed in the PDF map free to download from here.
Cahersiveen Marina sits on the banks of the Valentia River. Cahersiveen’s long sea-faring tradition ensures a deep-rooted understanding of the needs of sailors, and of boats of all types and sizes. This is captured in the unique Seine Boat racing during the rowing season. The natural unspoilt environment provides a backdrop for those who wish to cruise around Valentia Island and Dingle Bay, and visit the several uninhabited islands. The locality also boasts excellent safe swimming from the sheltered sandy beaches. A stroll around the historic town, only five minutes from the Marina offers friendly bars, superb food, and all of the flavor of a unique location. Anglers world-wide come to experience the renowned salt and fresh water fishing. Cahersiveen has hosted the European Federation of Sea Anglers competition.
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BRENDAN THE NAVIGATOR
Above is a beautiful bronze replica statue of St Brendan’s Boat placed at the entrance to the town. St. Brendan is reputed to have crossed the Atlantic Ocean to America in the 6th century, discovering that great continent long before Christopher Columbus earned his place in the history books. St Brendan lived from about 484 to about 577 AD, and was one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. His exploits are described in the 9th century “Voyage of St Brendan the Navigator” that tells of how he set off, around 512-530 AD, onto the Atlantic Ocean with a number of pilgrims in search of the Garden of Eden.