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Historic Buildings of County Kerry

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Historic Buildings of County Kerry

Republic of Ireland

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Image right - "Derryquin Castle c.1870. Pen & ink sketch by William Herbert Stokes

If you have information about any of the Buildings mentioned below please share it here. If you have ancestors linked to any of the places please add them to the project. The object of this project is to provide information about historic buildings in County Kerry, with links to sub-projects for specific buildings as appropriate. GENi profiles of people associated with those establishments can be linked to this project and/or to individual projects where they have been set up.

Castles, Baronial and Historic houses

... in alphabetical order

Including Castles, Abbeys, Manor Houses, Mansions, Stately Homes, Country houses, Estate houses, Courts, Halls, Parks and other listed buildings of historic interest

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Ardea Castle


Ballybunnion Castle

Ballybunnion Castle

Ballingarry Castle

Ballinskelligs Castle

Ballybunion Castle

// Ballycarbery Castle a.k.a. Ballycarbury (notes from 'Abandoned Mansions of Ireland' by Tarquin Blake) Fortress of Carbery O'Shea, Tomb in nearby shoreline (Atlantic); from 1350 - O;Connells to 1908, then passed to State Care' Said to be haunted from times of executions.

○ 15th century rectangular tower-house. Belonged to the MacCarthaig family
WIKI Ballycarbery

Ballyheigue Castle

Ballymalis Castle 16th century, 4 storey tower-house

Ballyseede Castle, Hotel


Cappanacuss Castle

Carrigafoyle Castle 80 feet tall tower-house on the Shannon Estuary near Ballylongford. Belonged once to the Ua Conchobair family. Built in the late 15th century.

Carrignass Castle

Castle Sybil

Castle of the Island

// Coolclogher House was built in 1746 - historic manor home set in a private secluded 65 acre walled estate near Killarney on the Ring of Kerry. Registered by the Irish Tourist Board in the Historic House category.


Derreen Garden about granted in 1657 to Sir William Petty, physician of Oliver Cromwell later owned by the Fitzmaurice family. 5th Marquess of Lansdowne inherited the property in 1866.

WIKI Derreen Garned

// Derryquin Castle Wiki Page 18th-century stone-built country house, now demolished, in the Parknasilla estate in Sneem, County Kerry in the Republic of Ireland. See Francis Bland 1770 and Laetitia Bland

Wiki Derryquin Castle

Dromore Castle

Dromquinna Estate owned by Sir John Charles Ready Colomb who inherited the estate from his father in law Robert Samuel Palmer.

WIKI John Colombo

Dunbeg Fort

Dunkerron Castle

Dunloe Castle




Gallarus Castle

Glanleam House owned by Sir Peter George Fitzgerald, the 19th Knight of Kerry (1808–1880)

WIKI Valentia Island






// Kenmare House was the principal residence of the Brownes of Killarney, Earls of Kenmare. Sir Valentine Browne and his son, also Valentine Browne, were the first members of the family to settle in Ireland being appointed Surveyor General of Ireland in 1559. The original Kenmare House was built in 1726. The original house was demolished in 1872 by the fourth Earl. The succeeding house and was accidentally destroyed by fire in 1913 and never rebuilt; instead, the stable block of the original Kenmare House was converted into the present Killarney House, although the Brownes called it Kenmare House. During this time Edward VII and Queen Alexandra and, later, George V and Queen Mary paid visits to the Kenmares in the years before the First World War. The second Kenmare House was built in 1915. This house was later abandoned and sold in 1956 to John McShain when a new Kenmare House was built by the heir to the Browne estates, Mrs. Beatrice Grosvenor CBE (granddaughter of the Duke of Westminster). In 1974 the new manor which was confusingly constructed on the site of the former Killarney House by Mrs. Grosvenor in 1956 was replaced. This last Kenmare House was built on the Killorglin Road, beside the Killarney golf course and the Castlerosse Hotel.

Valentine Browne, 1st Baronet
Valentine Browne, 2nd Baronet
Sir Valentine Browne, 1st Viscount Kenmare, 3rd Baronet
Sir Nicholas Browne, 2nd Viscount Kenmare, 4th Baronet
Sir Valentine Browne, 3rd Viscount Kenmare, 5th Baronet
Sir Thomas Browne, 4th Viscount Kenmare, 6th Baronet
Valentine Browne, 1st Earl of Kenmare
Valentine Browne, 2nd Earl of Kenmare
Thomas Browne, 3rd Earl of Kenmare
Valentine Augustus Browne, 4th Earl of Kenmare
WIKI Kenmare House
Kenmare House //

Killarney House (above - 1872 left) Valentine Augustus Browne, 4th Earl of Kenmare decided to build a new mansion on a hillside with spectacular views of Lough Leane in 1872. The old manor, Kenmare House, was demolished and an Elizabethan-Revival manor house on a more elevated site erected.

WIKI Killarney House

// Knockreer House In 1956 Mrs. Beatrice Grosvenor CBE (1915-1985), niece of the seventh Gerald Ralph Desmond Browne, 7th Earl of Kenmare (1896–1952) and granddaughter of the Duke of Westminster, built Knockreer House on the site of the former "Killarney House". This house and the surrounding land, formerly part of the Kenmare Estate of the Earls of Kenmare, were later donated by her to form Killarney National Park


Listowel Castle ruin of a great tower built in the 15th century


Minard Castle tower-house, probably 15th century

Muckross House - mansion designed by the Scottish architect, William Burn, built in 1843 for Henry Arthur Herbert and his wife, the water-colourist Mary Balfour Herbert.

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WIKI Muckross House




Parkavonear Castle



Rahinnane Castle - large circular ring-fort

Ross Castle, Restored Castle.


Staigue Fort





References and Sources

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WIKI Republic of Ireland

WIKI List of historical abbeys, castles and monuments in Ireland

Buildings of Ireland

Landed Estates

Irish Tourism - Buildings in Ireland

Irish Tourist - Historic Buildings

Irish Central - Historical sites to visit in Ireland

Architecture of ireland

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