Heritage and Culture of Kerry
Near Ballyroe Heights Hotel
Kerry is a county full of history and our hotel is located near a host of fascinating heritage sites and cultural museums. Ballyroe Heights Hotel can be your base from which to explore.
A Monastery was founded here by St. Brendan in the 6th Century. There are three medieval churches, an Ogham stone and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site.
It marks what is reputed to be the grave of Scotia, a daughter of an Egyptian Pharaoh known as Friel. The traditional name of the location is Glenn Scoithin, ‘vale of the little flower’. The wife of the former Milesius and mother of six sons, was killed in battle with the legendary Tuatha Dé Danann on the nearby Sliabh Mish Mountain.
Kerry County Museum
Awarded 2009 Museum of the Year, Kerry County Museum aims to collect, record, preserve, display and communicate material relating to the archaeological, historical and cultural heritage of County Kerry. Open all year round.
Tobar Na Molt
Also known as Wether’s Well, this is the holy well where St. Brendan is said to have been baptised by Bishop Erc. Also situated here is a chapel where pilgrims would rest overnight.
The National Folk Theatre of Ireland and Arts Centre hosts and produces a wide range of arts and entertainment events throughout the year in its art centre. Throughout the year, they present a vibrant programme of dance, drama, visual arts, comedy, film and music concerts.
St. Brendan ‘The Navigator’
One of the most important Kerry men ever is St. Brendan ‘The Navigator’. A bronze sculpture was erected in Fenit in his honour and was sculpted by Teige O’ Donoghue of Glenflesk. It stands on the Samphire rock at the entrance to Fenit Harbour, pointing across the Atlantic Ocean in the direction of America.