Coolclogher House Killarney is often described as a castle because it is so large and has two large stair cases as you would expect a historic manor. It provides large luxurious vacation rental accommodation for 14/16 guests wishing to visit Castles and historic sites in the Kerry and the South West of Ireland. The region is famous for its beautiful scenery and romantic historic castles, churches and buildings. Killarney is one of the most beautiful areas of the world. The below list are examples of some of the stunning castles and sights guests like to visit during their Killarney vacation. Coolclogher House Killarney is a large holiday home ideal for groups of friends golfers and for families celebrating a special occasion.
Ross Castle Killarney
Ross Castle, built in the 15th century, is just a short walk from Coolclogher House. This romantic celtic castle has been magnificently restored and houses a fine collection of 16th and 17th century oak furniture. Guided tours daily. In a stunning location looking out over the lakes of Killarney. It has a unique history involving prophecy’s and invasions.
This old Friary is situated near the shores of Lough Leane in the Killarney National Park, some three miles from the town. It was founded ca. 1448 with the help of the McCarthy Mor family and was the residence of the Friars until 1698, with some interruptions due to their expulsion under Elizabeth I in 1589 and Cromwell in 1652. The final dispersal took place as a result of the Penal Laws which came into effect on 1st May 1698. Under these laws all bishops and religious were to leave the country under pain of imprisonment or transportation. The Franciscan Provincial of the time Fr Anthony O’Kelly, decided that the law should be obeyed. In that year many, though not all, went into exile to France or Spain, only to return secretly at the first opportunity.
Blarney Castle Blarney Stone
Built in 1446 by Cormac Laidir McCarthy as a defensive fortress, what is known as the Castle today, is in fact the keep of a much larger fortress. It is home of the Blarney Stone.
“The Blarney stone, the legendary Stone of Eloquence, found at the top of our Tower. Kiss it and you’ll never again be lost for words.”
The Rock Close, part of the Castle grounds is also open to the public and is well worth visiting. This is a curiously interesting place of old trees. By legend, the gardens are of Druid origin and were a centre of worship in pre-Christian times. Within the Rock Close area there survives a Dolmen or ancient burial place. Picnic areas have been provided in the Rock Close on the banks of the River Martin.
Opened to the public in 2004 for the first time in 400 years. The best example of Norman architecture in Kerry and one of the finest in Ireland, the castle has now been restored to its formal glory. When work is fully completed hopefully in early 2005 the castle will be open to the public for tours on a daily basis.
Bantry House And Gardens
Bantry House was built around 1740. It was bought by the White family in 1765, and was enlarged by Richard White who was the 2nd Earl of Bantry. The house has a collection of tapestries, furniture and art treasures which were mainly collected by the Earl.
The beautiful gardens have been restored and are home to sub-tropical plants and shrubs. The gardens are open to the public, as is the French Armada Exhibition housed in the grounds.
Ardfert Cathedral Kerry
A monastery was founded in Ardfert by St. Brendan ‘The Navigator’ in the 6th century. There are three medieval churches, two ogham stones and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site today.
The earliest building is the cathedral which dates from the 12th to 19th centuries. It has a fine Romanesque west doorway, a magnificent 13th century east window and a spectacular row of nine lancets in the south wall.