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Top Choice Bistro in Kenmare

Boathouse Bistro

At the water's edge, this 1870s boathouse 4.5km west of Kenmare has been stunningly converted to a beach-house-style blue-and-white bistro specialising in local seafood delivered daily to its own wharf. Expertly coo…
Top Choice Irish in Kenmare

Tom Crean Fish & Wine

Named for Kerry's pioneering Antarctic explorer, and run by his granddaughter, this venerable restaurant uses only the best of local organic produce, cheeses and fresh seafood. Sneem lobster is available in season, …
Modern Irish in Kenmare

No 35

Hand-cut limestone walls, exposed timber beams, stained-glass windows and an open fire set the stage for some of Kenmare's most creative cuisine. All-Irish produce features in dishes like slow-cooked rare saddleback…
Modern Irish in Kenmare


Chef Gary Fitzgerald and front-of-house manager Maria O'Sullivan have garnered acclaim at some of County Kerry's top restaurants and now helm this stylish, palm-filled spot hidden in a laneway off Henry St. Vermouth…
Museum in Kenmare

Kenmare Heritage Centre

Kenmare's old courthouse is home to an exhibition telling the history of the town from its origins as Neidín (the little nest), through its establishment as a market town by the Marquis of Lansdowne to the founding …
Church in Kenmare

Holy Cross Church

Begun 1862 and consecrated in 1864, this church has a splendid wooden roof with 14 angel carvings. Intricate mosaics adorn the aisle arches and the edges of the stained-glass window over the altar. The architect was…
Bistro in Kenmare


Candlelight and high-backed leather chairs create an intimate atmosphere in Kenmare's best-known restaurant, where chef Bruce Mulcahy weaves his culinary magic with Asian- or Mediterranean-inspired twists on local s…
Musical Instruments in Kenmare

Soundz of Muzic

Traditional instruments (accordions, harmonicas, banjos, tin whistles and more) are stocked alongside modern ones (including electric fiddles) at this decades-old shop. It also sells sheet music, CDs and vinyl, and …
Cultural in Kenmare

Kenmare Fair

Dating back more than two centuries, the Kenmare Fair takes place on 15 August every year, when folk from all over Ireland descend on the town to trade in sheep, cattle and ponies, as well as crafts, bric-a-brac and…
Books in Kenmare

Kenmare Bookshop

Irish interest and literature, best sellers and kids' books are stocked at this independent shop, but it really comes into its own for its marine charts, maps and local walking guides.