Sneem village is situated on the estuary of the Ardsheelaun River. Few villages are surrounded by the same rugged beauty as the picturesque village of Sneem.
The village boasts beautifully manicured squares and gardens and is the winner of several National Tidy Towns Awards. Gaily painted houses and shops surround the beautiful landscaped greens.
The village derives its importance from the proximity to some fine mountain and river scenery. The islands in the Sneem River estuary are rich in sub-tropical vegetation, as a result of the Gulf Stream, which passes along its shore.
Sneem’s relaxed atmosphere has attracted many famous people over the years, such as George Bernhard Shaw, Charles de Gaulle and a host of others.
The peace and tranquillity of the area makes it an ideal location for those who wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Sneem is a popular holiday destination for families and is an ideal holiday centre for touring the surrounding region.
Things to do & see:
St. Michael’s Church – Built in 1865, this Roman Catholic Church contains the grave of Father Michael Walsh, parish priest of Sneem from 1828 to 1866, who was the original Father O’Flynn of the celebrated song.
Church of the Transfiguration – This church was built in 1810 and displays a salmon as a weather cock above its tower-like exterior.
Sculpture Park – Visit the unique outdoor display of international sculpture in the Sculpture Park. The exhibits include the Peaceful Panda (China) – a White Marble Panda, Arbor Chalybeia Immaculata (Israel) – a stainless steel tree sculpture, the Angry Christ (Singapore), the Goddess Isis (Egypt) and monuments to General de Gaulle, Cearbhail O’Dálaigh (former Irish president) and Steve Casey (the wrestler).
The Pyramids – Explore the pyramids of Sneem. The “pyramids” were inspired by the beehive huts of Skellig Michael and the Staigue Fort.
The Garden of the Senses – The garden was developed for the visually impaired, but is enjoyed by all that visit it. There is also a barbeque area and a riverside wildlife trail which combine to create a fascinating walkway, which will thrill nature lovers.
Coral Beach – Enjoy the attractive coral beach located beside Gleesk pier. This is one of only two coral beaches in Ireland.
Oysterbed is an ideal location for sail-boarding and waterskiing. Safe swimming havens are located at White Strand, Sliver Strand and Glenbeg.
Sneem Geo-Park – Visit the Geo Park and learn about the fascinating geological events that transformed the landscape over centuries. Tel. 064 45700
Kerry Alternative Technology
The centre is located on a 40 acre farm beyond Sneem.
Address: Sneem, Co. Kerry
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Killarney Tourist Office
Telephone: +353 (0)64 31633