Kilgarvan, from the Irish meaning “church of St. Garbhan”, is a village close to Kenmare in South Kerry.
In 1261, Kilgarvan was the site of the Battle of Callann, which reduced Norman power in Ireland for almost 300 years, when the Fitzgerald’s were defeated by the McCarty’s.
On the outskirts of the village are the ruins of Ardtully Castle, a house built in castle style by in 1847, with earlier structures dating back to 1215. Only the ruins remain as it was burned down in 1921 during the Irish War of Independence.
Kilgarvan Motor Museum has been open since 1985 and has a wide range of old cars and hosts car rallies.
The village is also home to the renowned Healy Rae family, owners of a number of businesses in the village, as well as being a popular political dynasty.
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