‘Origins of America’

Why come to Ardfert in the beautiful South West of Ireland?

St Brendan Statue at Fenit

St Brendan Statue at Fenit

There is a debate currently running that the founder of North America was St Brendan the Navigator and that Christopher Columbus read reports of Brendan’s journeys before commencing his own later voyages.

St Brendan’s legacy in Ardfert is evident, the great cathedral which rises over the village skyline is said to be built on the site of a monastic settlement founded by Brendan. Ardfert later became the Medieval capital of Kerry.
A few hundred yards away from the cathedral lies the 13th century Friary.

The Origins of the Easter Rising

Sir Roger Casement

Sir Rodger Casement

Or you might come to look at Ardfert’s more recent history…
It was here that the early moves in the 1916 Easter Rising against British Rule took place.
Roger Casement was to meet the German gun-running boat here to help arm sufficient loyal Irishmen to overthrow centuries of foreign rule.  Casement landed on the world-famous Banna Strand to try to get the message through to the Rising leaders in Dublin that the arms had not arrived.  But he was arrested, tried and executed; the place of his arrest and a monument to the landing can both be visited.

World Class Golf

Or perhaps you might come to Ardfert to play golf at one of the top courses in the world…
In the parish is the world-ranked Arnold Palmer designed Tralee Golf Club.  Designed and built by Arnold Palmer, this stunning setting represents a true paradise for those willing to challenge what is widely acclaimed as one of the finest links courses in the world. Smitten at first sight, Palmer would later go on record with this memorable quote: “I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine”. www.traleegolfclub.com.  There is also a challenging 9 hole course in the village.

Wild Atlantic Way.

“And we’re on the Wild Atlantic Way – the route that takes you all the way from Donegal in the north to Kerry in the south clinging to the beautiful seascapes”

World Class Fishing

Perhaps you like messing around in boats.  No problem – just a few miles down the road

Banna Fishing

Banna Beach Coarse Fishing

you will find Fenit marina with its pleasure boats and fishing for all standards, whether it’s just beach-casting or boat trips to fish the Atlantic. www.fenitharbour.com/‎
World Class Beaches or it might be for leisure?
Then again you might come to relax at Banna Strand – 9 miles of heaven with a child-friendly Banna Beach Hotel to provide all the facilities you need. But perhaps you’d really just like to relax in the warm hospitality that tourists always get enjoy coming to this area and enjoy the music and the chat.

World Class Connections

And we’re close – closer than you think.
There are 3 international airports in close proximity, Kerry, Cork and Shannon. And we  are just 20 miles or so from Killarney and Dingle, So why not pop in to see us and enjoy hospitality second-to-none.
We’re good for the heart.