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Old Kenmare Road (EN)

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The Old Kenmare Road was the main road to Killarney. It was in use as a butter road to transport this valuable commodity to markets in Kenmare and on to Cork. There was a vibrant community living along this now abandoned route until the famine hit in the 1840s and wiped out much of the population. In the 1861 census the area was considered to be depopulated. The many townlands of the Old Kenmare road were known collectively as the Glens with its inhabitants being the Glen folk. Many worked for or were tennants of Lord Kenmare. You will see many abandoned houses and the traces of plough marked fields as you walk along the route

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  • Kenmare to Killarney (EN)
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