Kenmare is located between the Iveragh and Beara Peninsulas in the south west of Ireland. The nearest town to its south is Glengarriff in County Cork which is 28 kilometres away and the nearest town north of Kenmare is Killarney, which like Kenmare, is in County Kerry. Killarney is 36 kilometres away.
Here is some general information about the area.
As a member of the E.U., Ireland's currency is the Euro.
The voltage in Kenmare is 240 volts. If you're bringing electrical appliances from outside the British Isles, you may need a plug/voltage adaptor which can be bought locally.
There are two churches in Kenmare. The Roman Catholic Holy Cross church is located just off the Square where its tall spire is visible from all directions.
St. Patrick's Church of Ireland is found at Bell Heights on the road leading to the suspension bridge.
Masses at Holy Cross are at 8pm on Saturday evening and 9.30am and 12 noon every Sunday with weekday masses each day at 10am.
Services at St. Patrick's are held on Sundays at 12 noon.
There's also a Methodist Sunday service, currently held at Templenoe Community Centre, every week at 10.30 am, followed by tea and refreshments.
A Failte Ireland tourist office in Kenmare is open during the tourist season.[April to October] Its telephone number is +353 (0)64 6641233 and it's located on the ground floor of the Courthouse building in the Square. The office is staffed by charming and informed advisors who'll be delighted to help you get the most out of your visit to Kenmare.
The Kenmare area features a very large catchment area in which many of its 8,000 population live. This rural catchment area comprises villages and small townships like Killgarvan, Templenoe, Bonane, Tuosist, Sneem, Blackwater and Lauragh. Only 3,000 or so people live in and immediately around the town itself.
Wednesday is market day in Kenmare. It takes place in and around the Square and the colourful stalls offer a wealth of both locally produced and international products. The market is friendly and bustling and offers local produce like fresh vegetables, cheeses and breads.
There are two banks in Kenmare, the Bank of Ireland in the Square and Allied Irish Bank in Main Street. Both feature ATM machines and offer foreign exchange facilities.
There are two internet cafes in town. Livewire in Rock Street and the Post Office at the top of Henry Street.
There are two undertakers servicing the Kenmare area. Finnegan's Funeral Home on +353 (0)64 6641083 and O'Connor's Funeral Home on +353 (0)64 6641244.
For car problems and accident repairs contact Kenmare Crash Repair Centre on +353 (0)64 6642323.
Kenmare's Adult Education Centre is on +353 (0)64 6641157
There's a Polish food store in town named Baltic and its number is +353 (0)87 747 8397
The Computer Shop is located in Rock Street and reachable on +353 (0)64 6641159
In case of an emergency, these telephone numbers may be useful:
999 or 112 is the emergency number
for Police [Gardai], Fire Department or Ambulance Service.
Kenmare Gardai +353 (0)64 6641177 [Daytime service only]
Killarney Gardai +353 (0)64 6631222 [24 hour service]
R and B O'Driscoll & Aideen Russell +353 (0)64 6641333
Vincent Boland +353 (0)64 6641303
Rose and Hilda Crushell +353 (0)64 6641514
Deidre Waterhouse +353 (0)64 6641003 or 6645455
Kenmare Health Centre +353 (0)64 6642414
South Doc 1850 335 999
Gerard McCarthy +353 (0)64 6641650
Con O'Leary +353 (0)64 6642621
Kenmare Community Hospital +353 (0)64 6641008 or 6641359
Marine and Mountain Rescue +353 (0)64 6631222
Kenmare Veterinary Clinic +353 (0)64 6642695
Kenmare Post Office +353 (0)64 6641490