Sneem, Co. Kerry

Sneem (Irish: An tSnaidhm) is a picturesque town situated on the Iveragh Peninsula (part of the Ring of Kerry) in County Kerry. Situated on the Ring of Kerry between Kenmare and Waterville, Sneem is “a knot” in Irish, and this colourful, immaculately kept village is divided in two by the River Sneem, creating an unusual “hour-glass” shape (“The Knot in the Ring”). The first week of August sees Sneem at its busiest with the “Welcome Home Festival”, in honour of those who emigrated from Ireland.

The village of Sneem is a treasure trove of international sculpture, accessible to all, free of charge, throughout the year. There is a picnic area by the pier with benches and tables and barbecue area on the banks of the river Sneem. Vistors can also wander through The Garden of the Senses to experience the fragrant aromas.

The legendary Casey family of rowers and wrestlers were all from Sneem, the most famous of whom "Steve 'Crusher' Casey" was undefeated heavyweight wrestling champion of the world 1938-1947 and in 1982 he received the Irish Hall Of Fame Award, presented by Olympic gold medallist Ronnie Delaney. There is a statue commemorating him in the village.

There are numerous activities nearby including golf, walking, hill walking, water sports, tennis, boating and cultural activities such as galleries and a museum.


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