Neidin is a picturesque town known as the “Little Nest” and is nestled at the top of Kenmare Bay between the famous Ring of Kerry and Ring of Beara. The town is home to some of the country’s best scenery with colourful shop facades,comfortable accommodation and great restaurants.
Built in the 17th century, Kenmare was Ireland’s first planned town. It is also a Fáilte Ireland designated Heritage Town and a multiple gold-winner Tidy Town. The town is host to the Kenmare Lace and Design Centre, Bronze Age Stone Circle, Heritage Centre, Water Cruises, a weekly Farmer’s Market, Reenagross Park, Cromwell’s Bridge, two golf courses and numerous walking trails, as well as first-class shops, restaurants, pubs and accommodation.
Kenmare has a long standing association with music and is a part of the Sliabh luachra region, during the late 70’s and 80’s it was something of a secret hotspot for trad players for miles around the main music houses at the time (and still!) being Crowleys and Florrie (PF) Mc Carthys. After something of a lull in the scene during the 90’s things have blossomed again in the last 10 years and in the summer there is hardly a bar that does not host music. Many tourists have been heard to comment that Kenmare was the first place they heard a real session in their tour around the country. There are many well known musicians who hail from the area including Christy O’Leary of “Boys of the Lough“, also fiddle player Gerry Harrington and the local band “Amergin”, both of whom will be making an appearance at this year’s Féile Neidín.