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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, all served in modern, low-key surround…
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 …
Arts Centre in Kenmare

Kenmare Lace and Design Centre

The Kenmare Lace and Design Centre has displays including designs for ‘the most important piece of lace ever made in Ireland’ (in a 19th-century critic’s opinion). It’s run by lace-maker Nora Finnegan, who was taugh…
Church in Kenmare

Holy Cross Church

Built in 1862, 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 Charles Hansom, coll…
Irish in Kenmare

Mulcahy's Wild Garlic

Candlelight and a laid back vibe create an appealing atmosphere in Kenmare's best-known restaurant, where chef Bruce Mulcahy weaves culinary magic with Asian- or Mediterranean-inspired twists on local seafood, such …
Pub Food in Kenmare


Flower baskets brighten the entrance to this popular gastropub, which has a short but excellent menu that runs from Kenmare Bay mussels in creamy apple cider sauce to braised Kerry lamb on mustard mash.
Market in Kenmare

Farmers Market

Stalls on the town square selling vegetables, cheese, honey, gourmet ice cream, bread, smoked salmon and other artisan produce.