Kenmare ( Irish An Neidín , "the nest") is a country town in the civil parish Kenmare (Irish Ceann Mara , "sea head") in the south of County Kerry in the Republic of Ireland with 2376 inhabitants (2016). It is heavily influenced by tourism and a good starting point for tours to the peninsulas Iveragh ( Ring of Kerry ) and Beara .
The present city was founded around 1670 by Sir William Petty, 1st Marquis of Lansdowne . Three major streets form a triangle in which the city center is located: William Street (now Main Street), Henry Street (named after the son Williams) and Shelbourne Street, which is named after the Earl of Shelbourne.
The settlement is older than the modern city. On the outskirts, on the banks of the Finnihy river, lies Druid's Circle , the stone circle of Kenmare with 15 stones and a dolmen in the middle. This combination is one of the largest of its kind in South West Ireland. The stone circle of Dromagorteen is located in the "Bonane Heritage Park" east of Kenmare. The Vikings are said to have haunted the area. The name Head of the Sea for Kenmare, which means Ceann Mara in Irish, is said to have Viking origins . This is where the English name Kenmare came from.