Ardfert, from the Irish meaning “the hill of miracles”, is a village just 5 miles from Tralee in County Kerry.
Ardfert is the home of St Brendan the Navigator, who founded the monastery here in the early 6th century. Both the village and monastery were destroyed by fire in 1089 and 1151 before it was ultimately destroyed during the Irish Rebellion of 1641.
St. Brendan’s Cathedral dates from the 12th century, complete with a Romanesque doorway.
There are three medieval churches, two ogham stones and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site of the monastery today.
There is also a 13th Century Franciscan Friary located to the north east of the village.
In close proximity to the village is the beautiful Banna Strand and the world-renowned Tralee Golf Club, which has magnificent views of the Kerry coastline.
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