25 Things you should know about Beara

25 things you should know about Beara  – courtesy of www.bearatourism.com

The Kenmare Bay Hotel is ideally located to explore the Beara peninsula, as well as the Ring of Kerry – giving you the best of the South West!

  1. The Celts first landed in Ireland at Garnish near the westernmost end of the peninsula.
  2. The Beara Peninsula was named after a Spanish princess, Princess Beara.
  3. The highest waterfall in Ireland and the UK is the Mare’s Tail in Adrigole.
  4. The warmest place in Ireland is by Adrigole Bridge in Adrigole.
  5. The oldest writing on a stone in Ireland is pre-Ogham and can be found in Glentastel, Lauragh.
  6. Berehaven harbour is the second safest natural harbour in the world.
  7. The Cailleach Beara is one of the oldest mythological antiquities in Ireland.
  8. The four mythological Children of Lir are buried in Allihies.
  9. 511 historical sites, some dating back to 2000 B.C. can be found on the Beara Peninsula, making it the location of one of the highest number of antiquities in one area in Ireland. Bonane Valley has many fine examples.
  10. The Beara Peninsula is the only peninsula in Ireland that is located in two counties — Cork & Kerry.
  11. O Sullivan Beare is the only Irish chieftain whom Queen Elizabeth I of England did not pardon after the battle of Kinsale .
  12. O Sulivan Beare’s march in 1603 is the most famous march in Irish history.
  13. The freshwater mussels that live in the Ardgroom area are over 100 years old–the oldest living shellfish on the peninsula.
  14. In 1796, the French longboat landed in Bere island and Wolfe Tone anchored in Berehaven harbour at the same time.
  15. In 1914, Berehaven harbour was the most fortified harbour in western Europe with the cannons on bere Island.
  16. After one hundred years of being mined, the copper mines in Allihies are so deep and extensive that they go under the sea.
  17. The Dursey Cable Car is the only cable car in Ireland.
  18. The Glengarriff Forest is home to the oldest oak trees in Ireland.
  19. The Beara Peninsula is home to one of the rarest birds in Ireland — the Chough.
  20. Ballydonegan in Allihies is the only beach in Ireland made from crushed stone; the stone was taken from the copper mines
  21. The tallest birch in Ireland is a downy birch, 25m high growing in Lauragh
  22. The tallest ogham stone in the world can be found in Eyeries.
  23. In the Viking age Dursey Island was used as a slave depot.
  24. Blackball in Cahermore was a volcanic area.
  25. The Beara Peninsula is the most scenic route in Ireland.


Questions & Answers with our Wedding Manager, Tom Meagher

Tom Meagher - Kenmare Bay Weddings
Tom Meagher – Kenmare Bay Weddings

Hi Tom, What is it about Kenmare Bay Hotel that makes it such a popular wedding venue?

The Kenmare Bay Hotel has a great reputation for quality and service. We pride ourselves on making each wedding as special as possible and I feel that each Bride and Groom appreciate the personal approach we take. Our food is second to none and we have a wide variety of accommodation options so the Kenmare Bay is extremely accommodating to all.

If you could give a bride one piece of advice in planning her wedding what would it be?

If I could give one piece of advice, it would probably be to organise your day according to when you want your Band/DJ to start. A lot of people make the mistake of planning from the church, but ideally if you plan back from the Band/DJ starting, you are allowing yourself a better idea as to when the church/civil service should start, when the dinner should be served taking into account speeches and allowing time for the music set-up. Your day should run smoothly and no time should be lost. It is only 1 day and we like to see each couple enjoy it to the fullest.

I have only been to Kenmare once but it is a stunning little town. What is there for wedding couples and their guests to do on the day before/day after the wedding?

We offer quite a few options at the hotel such as music and light snacks to sit down meals & buffets. The local area also has so much to offer such as Boat Cruises on the Kenmare Bay. We like to cater to each couple’s requirements as everyone if different but we guarantee to have something for everyone.

What is on offer when it comes to the wedding menu at Kenmare Bay Hotel?

Our standard wedding menu is made up of 4 courses and consists of choice of 2 starters, a soup or a sorbet, 2 main courses and a dessert medley or 1 dessert. We offer a complimentary tasting prior to your wedding day to ensure you are happy with the menu you have chosen. All dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior notice. I can also talk to you about a particular budget you may have and I can tailor your menu and package to suit this

How did you begin working with weddings?

I worked in a very busy Kildare Hotel where we did over 250 Weddings a year, along with over a 100 Functions , it was a very busy environment but I enjoyed it very much. My wife is from Kenmare and we decided to move to Kenmare, where I have looked after every wedding since the current owners have taken over 6 Years Ag

What do you enjoy doing when you are not planning a wedding?

I have 2 Boys 7 & 4 that keep me busy. My hobbies include Golf, sailing and Hill Walking.

What is your favourite flavour wedding cake?

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but if you offered me a Chocolate Biscuit Cake with Malteser & Hazelnut, I would not and could not say no.