The Cathedral that we see today dates from the 11th century, however, as with many building of this age it has undergone substantial changes over the centuries. One of the gems of the site is the Romanesque style west doorway, part of an earlier church constructed in the mid-12th century and incorporated into the later building.
THE PRESIDENT CAME!
President Michael D. Higgins is to visited both Banna and the village of Ardfert on Thursday April 21st 2016, as part of the 1916 celebrations and commemorations.
The visit to Banna has been well known for some time.
But the extended visit to take in the village of Ardfert was only confirmed by his staff this week.
Ardfert Development Association has been working behind the scenes with civil servants to get the President to visit one of the great historical villages of Ireland.
After the Banna ceremony the President will have lunch before being shown around the cathedral.
He will then unveil a statue to Roger Casement, designed by internationally renowned sculptor Joe Neeson, which will be located at the other end of the Fair Green just opposite the old R.I.C barracks where Casement was initially brought after his arrest at McKenna’s Fort.
Children from the local schools will form a welcoming party for the President.
Kerry County Council has estimated the likely attendance at the Banna ceremony at 4,500.
It is also likely that a large percentage of these visitors will stay in the village for the unveiling ceremony.
The council have visited the village on a number of occasions to plan what changes need to be made to enhance the appearance of Ardfert.
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The Origins of the Easter Rising
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 sufficiently arm 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.
Origins of America.
Why come to Ardfert in the beautiful South West of Ireland?
St. Brendan the Navigator is reputed to have discovered North America prior to Christopher Columbus. It is purported that Christopher Columbus read reports of Brendan’s journey before commencing his own later voyage.
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.
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 famous tourism trail that has helped boost Ireland’s attractiveness to visitors, a 2,500km scenic driving route that “snakes its way round every nook and crook of the western seaboard from Donegal to Cork.” . It is the longest unspoilt stretch of coast way in Europe and North America.
Tourists will discover an extensive range of activities in Ardfert and the surrounding area. Surfing in Banna Beach, Sailing in Fenit, Angling, Bird-watching, Cycling, Walking, Painting our beautiful medieval buildings and our magnificent scenery. Enjoy visiting our holy wells which predate Christianity and are part of our celtic mystical heritage. Explore St. Brendan’s Cathedral and the Franciscan Friary. We have an excellent selections of pubs and restaurants in Ardfert and its immediate hinterland. Arrive a stranger. Leave a friend. For more information regarding these activities check sponsored links.
Perhaps you like messing around in boats? No problem – just a few miles down the road 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 that is second-to-none.
We’re good for the heart.