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Cahersiveen is a lovely town right out at the edge of the Iveragh Peninsula (Ring of Kerry) on the SW corner of Ireland on the Wild Atlantic Way. . It is the historical market town for the Skellig Coast Region for all the communities from Kells over to Castlecove. Many visitors use Cahersiveen and the surrounding villages as a base to explore the Skellig Ring and the Ring of Kerry. It's a place that you FEEL. It is the "Town that climbs the Mountain and Looks upon the Sea" per the well known ballad called "The Boys of Barr na Sráide". Daniel O'Connell was born just outside the town, the main street in Dublin is called O'Connell Street after him, and the Cathedral Style Church in the middle of the town is a beautiful building especially in the early morning when the sun streams in the stained glass windows. This catholic church is only one of 4 in the world which is named after a layperson. It welcomes visitors from all faiths and nationalities to sit and just be. As of late you can observe the happenings in the church through live streaming. Many people just open the stream in the mid morning to have a "moment to say thanks" no matter where in the world they may be. Pilgrims have been coming to this Skellig Region and to Cahersiiveen for thousands of years. It is intrinsically linked to the Skellig Rocks off the Coast. The Northern side of the Estuary was very important in the early Christian period and there are still many ancient structures which are standing and freely accessible, It is a great place to get out of the car and stretch the legs and explore and stand where our ancient Celtic people stood thousands of years ago. There is also a blue flag sandy beach on the Northern side of the Estuary (White Strand) and also 2 lovely quiet and quaint fishing coves which are very popular with the locals for swimming, Cuas Crom and Coonana. The ancient structures include : - 2 x 9th Century Ring Forts - Cahergall and Leachanabuile; - Ballycarbery Castle which was the stronghold of the local chieftain McCarthy Mór in the 1500s. For people searching for their ancestry go to Ballycarbery Castle which will be of interest to people who belong to the McCarthy, O'Connell, O'Shea and O'Sullivan clans; - National pilgrim trail on holy mountain Cnoc na dTobar (690m) where the ancient pagan Celtic Lughnana festivals were held up to the early 1900s (Lugh was the Celtic god of the Harvest, "Lughnasa is also the Irish word for August". Christian crosses were erected in 1880s to mark the ancient path; - Old ruins of a manor house called Castlequin which was the landlord's house from time of British rule. The old bridge which takes you across to the Northern side of the Estuary gives fine views of the working fishing pier and the marina in the town and West to the silhouette of Ballycarbery Castle and to Valentia Island. On both sides of the bridge are small public parks where you can have a picnic, a run around, observe the abundant birdlife and just really FEEL Ireland. There is a big castle-like white structure on a hillock overlooking the Bridge. It now holds a permanent Daniel O'Connell exhibition in association with Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin City where he is buried. That was an old RIC Barracks which was extraordinarily large to provide enough British Army troops to protect that newly laid telegraph cable across the Atlantic connecting both sides of the British Empire from Western tip of Valentia Island to Newfoundland - the internet of the 1860s. The old Fair Green is a lovely space in the town and now has a children's playground, there is a lovely walk up the old Rocky Road which is only 100m from the Fair Green and climbs to give great views over Cahersiveen on the Estuary and out to the Atlantic. The old Abbey and cemetery near the car park in the centre of the town off the Main Street also deserves some attention. Old tombs, old headstones - from the 1800s. A walk by the pier and the marina is also a real evening tradition in the town, so buy your ice cream in Banks sweet shop and walk to the pier or sit there in the square. Cahersiveen is a real Irish town, the history is everywhere, it's a place that is comfortable in its own skin and not "showy", maybe it needs to show-off a little more so that visitors can know. .