Sneem, from the Irish An tSnaidhm meaning a knot, is a lovely village situated on the Iveragh Peninsula on the Ring of Kerry.
On the shores of Kenmare Bay, Sneem is located in a picturesque part of the country, also boasting riverside wildlife trail.
About 5 km from Sneem is ‘Staigue Fort’, one of the largest and finest ring forts in Ireland.
The village is home to a sculpture park featuring international works by Vivienne Roche, Alan Hall, as well as a panda sculpture donated by the Peoples Republic of China.
The famous sporting family, the Casey brothers hailed from Sneem. Amongst other accolades, they were accomplished rowers and would have competed at the 1936 Olympics, only to be disqualified as two of them were professional wrestlers.
Steve Casey emigrated to America during the 1930s, going on to become both NWA and AWA heavyweight wrestling champion five times between 1938 and 1947. There is a statue commemorating him in the village.
The Casey family were once dubbed “the toughest family on earth”.
William Melville, the first head of the British Secret Service, was born at nearby Direenaclaurig Cross.
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