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Freedom of Killarney

9 Nov 2006  I'm a native and know the places to go.
4.5 of 5 stars based on 3 votes

Killarney town and Killarney national park with all it's beautiful surroudndings.

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  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • 1. Muckross House

    A Victorian mansion built in the Elizabethian style. Completed in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife Mary as a family home for the couple. During their ownership they had Queen Victoria visit in 1861. That was quite a presteguous event for tourism in Killarney. Due to financial problems the couple sold the House in 1899 to a member of the Guinness family who subsequently let it as a hunting and fishing lodge. In 1911 a Californian couple ( Mr + Mrs Bower's Bourn) purchased the House with it's 11,000 acre estate as a wedding gift for their daughter Maud on her marriage to an Irish Gentleman. (Arthur Rose Vincent from Clonlara in Co. Clare) The couple had two children a boy and a girl and resided in Muckross until Maud's early death in 1929. She developed pneumonia on her way to visit her father in California after he suffered a stroke. However it was she died en route to the U.S.A and three years later her parents and husband donated the House and the estate to the State and it became Irelands first National Park. Mr and Mrs Bowers Bourn acquired their wealth through the Empire gold mine and also had brought the Spring valley water company into San Francisco. They were so taken by Muckross themselves that they built Filoli House in Woodside close to San Francisco. Filoli is open to the public also and well worth a visit if one has the oppertunity to do so. Watch out for the Murals of Muckross on the walls of the ballroom and visit its beautiful gardens also. When visiting Muckross it is possible to drive into the grounds regardless of what the guys with the horses may say. The drive in entrance is approximately 3 and a half miles from town on the right hand side of the road and just after the Muckross Park Hotel.

  • 2. The town.

    Although the town itself looks a bit touristy give it a chance. Talk to some of the locals in the many cafe's bars and restaurants and you will be surprised with what it has to offer. Visit St Mary's Cathedral at the end of New Street or go for a stroll in the park just opposite the Cathedral. It is possible to walk along the lake shore to Ross Castle if one likes or alternatively one can go through the park on horse and cart. There are so many things to do and see. There ae also lots of places to rent a bicycle but remember most of these are in the town itself. A few places sone may be interested in having a look at for accomodation are The Lake Hotel who do wonderful deals off season. Also the Plaza hotel or the locally owned Randles Court Hotel. If anyone books the supervalu deals the Randles court is the best option. Avoid the Killarney Court if possible. It is not central and although it is fairly new it is not a great option. Among the reataurants ot try would be The Laurels, Bricin on High St, Lord Kenmares or for bar food try the excellent O'Riains on High St or Murphys bar on College St. For beverages try Corcorans just off High St for some local humour and just opposite is the Speak Easy. If you fancy a drink in a more upmarket bar try the Ross Hotel or the Cube. The bar known locally a 'Yer mans (Courtneys) is a most welcoming and friendly place often featuring a local group of trad musicians. Remember if you are visiting just ask the locals they are very helpful and knowledgeable. The gap of Dunloe is also worth a visit and enjoy a pint in Kate Kearneys cottage while sampling some of the wonderful culinary delights Mary and her staff have to offer. Killarney is a magical place to visit and there is so much to see and do most especially if the weather is on your side. Enjoy

  • 3. Killarney Golf & Fishing Club
    Killarney Golf & Fishing Club, Killarney