|"Old Dingle has true men, good sailors and oarsmen,
Kenmare ever proud of her sportsmen has been.
Waterville knows something of fox and hare hunting
But the hub of Old Ireland is Cahersiveen"
Whatever about being the hub of Old Ireland, Cahersiveen [Siveens Fort] may certainly lay claim to be the hub of the Iveragh Peninsula.
Nestling snugly at the foot of Beentee Mountain and overlooking historic Valentia Harbour, it is universally recognised as being a town full of surprises, where the visitor may equally enjoy sport, culture, relaxation and the proverbial 'crack'.
The cosmopolitan atmosphere of Cahersiveen by day is emphasised by night as visitors and locals alike enjoy Irish Pub life with traditional music and dance.
The town epitomises much of what is best in Irish life. A notable feature of its long main street are its traditional shopfronts. General provision stores, supermarkets, pottery, antique and craft shops stand side by side. Monthly fairs are still held on the street where one can wander amongst stalls overloaded with wellington boots, farm tools, blackthorn sticks, clothing and other rural essentials.
Whatever your preference for activity Cahersiveen can answer your needs, with hill-walking at your doorstep, swimming at White Strand, golfing at nearby Waterville, sailing, boating, or a leisurely ramble along country lanes and sea-shore.
|A visit to The Barracks Cahersiveen Heritage Centre will tell you all you need to know about the local area.|
From a Cahersiveen base, one is poised to explore as rich and colourful an environment as is likely to be found anywhere.
The attraction of this part of South West Kerry was first recognised many millenia ago, if its rich legacy of archaeological monuments is anything to go by. For it was here that successive waves of prehistoric colonists landed and settled, bringing with them their distinctive cultures and customs. The many well-preserved remnants of these ancient civilisations has made the town a veritable Mecca for archaeologists.
Anyone interested in confronting the mysteries of the past will find Late Stone Age spirals on Rock Carvings over 5000 years old, numerous Standing Stones, Souterrains, Stone Forts and Celtic Monastic settlements.
After a days sea angling by boat or shore angling from one of the many fine beaches and rocks, you will undoubtedly wend your weary way home laden down with catches of Wrasse, Conger, Ray, Pollack and of course Mackerel.
After such a day one might like to retire to one of the intimate Pubs in town, where luminaries, such as Brendan Behan and P J Dunleavey were once regulars. A sympathetic ear is guaranteed if you want to mention the "one that got away". Or you can listen to local lore about Cahersiveens famous son, The Liberator himself, Daniel O'Connell, whose pacifism and democratic political views identify him as a fore-runner of Ghandi and Martin Luther King.
As you leave the town, to travel back on the winding mountain roads that brought you here, you will become aware that Cahersiveen has engraved itself on your mind, so that, in the words of Sigerson Clifford "in the world beyond Canburrin bog, they'll not forget the old Town under Beentee Mountain".