Welcome to East Kerry

Con Houlihan (Journalist), Castleisland native, who died on 4th August 2012. ©Martin O'Grady Art in Currow. ©Martin O'Grady Kerry Airport, Farranfore. ©Martin O'Grady

East Kerry – Vibrant communities, family fun & local villages. 

Castleisland is known for the width of its main street, the second widest in Ireland and second to the famous O'Connell Street in Dublin. Local activities include Castleisland’s 18 hole golf course and Crag Cave.

Discovered in 1983, Crag Cave is a wonderland of stalagmites and stalactites, displaying a wealth of subterranean geological treasures. It is one of Ireland's largest cave systems, totalling 2.5 miles. Its educational value is enhanced by exciting children's attractions in the Crazy Cave.The latest addition is Crag Cliff, a seven metre mobile climbing wall suitable for children from 6 to 60.

The Patrick O’Keefe Traditional Music Festival is held in Castleisland every year. Castleisland is  a great shopping town where anything and everything can be found.

Castleisland is home to An Ríocht, a vibrant Athletics Club established in 1973. With an international standard 400-metre tartan athletics track and a soccer pitch, the club is known for the dedication of its officers to providing top class facilities for its athletes.


Farranfore, An Fearann Fuar, "the cold land", came into existence as a turnpike, a gate at the cross-roads in the village. Today, Kerry International Airport opens the boundaries to new destinations: Frankfurt-Hahn, London Stansted, London Luton, Alicante, Faro, Manchester, Dusseldorf - Weeze, and Dublin.

Scartaglin, together with 12 other football clubs ( Cordal, Dr. Crokes, Currow, Firies, Fossa, Glenflesk, Gneeveguilla, Kilcummin, Legion, Listry, Rathmore and Spa), form the East Kerry Division of the GAA. The most important competition is the O’Donoghue Cup, awarded to the winners of the East Kerry Senior Football Championship.

Sliabh Luachra meansthe mountain of Luachre”. Ciarraí Luchre was a pre-celtic god who gave Kerry and Sliabh Luachra their names. The Munster Blackwater rises and flows in the area bordered by Millstreet, Killarney and Castleisland, and contains Rathmore, Gneeveguilla, Barraduff, Knocknagree, Rockchapel and Ballydesmond. Rockchapel has a fantastic cultural centre with regular performances of traditional Sliabh Luachra music, song and dance. The area  is scattered with evidence of ancient people, cairns, ring forts and standing stones. Aogan O’Rahilly, Eoghan Rua O’Sullivan, the great storyteller Eamon Kelly and traditional musicians come from Sliabh Luachra.The most striking mountains, Na Cionna or “The Paps”, are two identical natural mounds representing Dana, goddess of the Tuatha De Dannan. Below The Paps is Cathair Cubh Dearg, “The City”, which are the remains of a stone ring fort that was used for pre-christian fertility worship, now christianised with a holy well.


Things to See & Do


Nature, Cultural & Walking Trails

Horse Riding


Mountain Biking




Children’s Play Activity Centres


Farmers & Christmas Markets

Bird Watching

Archaeology Sites


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