Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland

The true culture of rural Ireland is alive and well in Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland with its lush green landscapes, rocky cliffs, and sandy beaches. The capital of the Iveragh Peninsula, Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland lies at the foot of Beentee mountain, on the River Fertha overlooking Valentia Harbor. It is on the renowned "Ring of Kerry," the most scenically beautiful drive in Western Europe.

The Liberator, Daniel O'Connell (1775-1847) is the town's most famous son, a very successful lawyer who achieved the final Civic Freedom for Irish Catholics in 1829, in the form of Catholic Emancipation.

Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland lies beside the Atlantic Ocean, surrounded by impressive hills and mountains, enhanced by the pure clear Atlantic air, and captivating spectacular sunsets where dreams of peace become a reality.

Located approximately three miles from Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland on the Sugrena-Coars Road, lies the shell of the Bahaghs Workhouse. In 1842 this was a lodge owned by a local McCarthy family. In 1846 it was converted from a lodge to a sanctuary for the destitute. It served as the Workhouse for the thousands of Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland residents who, because of the famine, were evicted from their cottages. The Irish from Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland would be promised three meals, although meager in serving.

Down the road from the Bahaghs Workhouse in Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland is the Sugrena Famine Cemetery. Buried here are the Irish who perished during the famine. Nettles, brambles, and weeds grow among the old slate and concrete headstones. The names are barely readable with many of the slabs heaved from the earth. If your ancestors date back to Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland at the time of the famine, you can bet you have ancestors buried here.

Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland can justly boast that it was the only town in Ireland to rise against a mighty empire. All Ireland was to rise in rebellion on February 12, 1867, but at the last moment the Rising was called off. Messengers were sent on horseback throughout the country with their message of postponement. No messenger reached Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland or the villages of Iveragh. The Kerrymen rose alone. They crossed to the gathering place at Ballycarberry Castle in Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Irealnd. At dawn on February 12th, the ill-equipped, but resolute band set out for Killarney, to try and alter a nation's history. The small band of Kerrymen, heavily outnumbered, and with few weapons, fought gallantly, but was forced to retreat. In the wild caves by the Atlantic they hid until the ghostly Luggers came to bring them to America-and to freedom.

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  Irish Genealogy
  Immigrant Experience
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  - Ellis Island, New York
  Cahersiveen, County Kerry, Ireland
  Valentia, County Kerry, Ireland
  Boyle, County Roscommon, Ireland
  Irish Potato Famine
  Murphy Family
  Shea Family
  Healy Family
  Beirne Family
  Irish Family Research - Supplement
  Emigration - Queenstown, County Cork, Ireland
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