The Emerald Isle

THE KENMARE RIVER AND THE RING OF KERRY The Kenmare River is an inlet of the sea, cutting a deep cleft into the coast of Kerry between the Beara and Iveragh Peninsulas. Other, smaller rivers and streams drain into it, notably the Finnihy, the Roughty, and the Sheen near its head, and the Sneem which reaches the Kenmare near the pretty village of Sneem. On either side of the Kenmare rise mountains among which, on the southern side, lies the 216 The Southwest BELOW: The Sneem River and the village of Sneem situated on the Iveragh Peninsula. RIGHT: Houses on the remote Beara Peninsula. OVERLEAF: The Kenmare suspension bridge was built in the 1840s as a drive to improve the road between the towns of Bantry and Kenmare.