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Sneem Village and Sculptures

Sneem is a pretty village located along the Iveragh Peninsula in County Kerry -- the most southwestern region of Ireland. It is a popular stop-off point for visitors travelling along the Ring of Kerry.

The town's Irish name, An tSnaidhm (pronounced ahn tsneem)  translates to "the knot" in English. There are several explanations for this choice; one being the knot-like swirl that appears in the place where the Sneem River meets the currents of Kenmare Bay in the estuary below the town.

The town has two churches -- St. Michael's, an attractive 19th century Roman Catholic church, and the Church of the Transfiguration, a Protestant church popular with visitors for its unusual weathervane in the shape of a salmon. 

Sneem Sculpture Park

Sneem boasts several attractive sculptures, principally in a park overlooking the river near St. Michael's Church. These include:

  • A panda sculpture donated by the Peoples Republic of China
  • The goddess Isis, donated by the people of Egypt
  • "The Way The Fairies Went", a series of "fairy buildings" created by Kerry sculptor James Scanlon, in an ancient Celtic style

The latter exhibition is particularly popular with small children, who like to explore the fairy huts, which were built by local stoneworkers. 

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