Maherees Heritage Trail
Maharees on the trail of heritage
The long history and scenic wonders of the Maharees – along with less obvious scenes of piracy and shipwrecks – will be charted in the Maharees Heritage Trail, which will be open to visitors from early June 2018.
The trail, which follows the outline of the outermost part of the Maharees peninsula, runs from Béal Geal (Sandy Bay) to the tSean Abhainn river that flows from Lough Gill, providing a source of fresh water over the long centuries that the Maharees has been inhabited.
Although The Maharees is now more commonly known as a summer retreat for caravanning holidaymakers, the heritage trail reveals that it has a very long and fascinating history, going back to the 5th Century monastic site at Oileán tSeannaigh founded by Saint Seanach.
In more recent times, many ships met their end off the Maharees, including the Nuestra Senora del Socorro of the Spanish Armada, various cargo vessels and the unfortunate East Indiaman ‘York’ which was wrecked by pirates in 1758. The flora and fauna of the fragile peninsula, which is listed as a Special Area of Conservation, is also outlined along the trail on signs beautifully illustrated by West Kerry artist Domhnall Ó Bric.
The heritage trail, which is the brainchild of the Maharees Conservation Association, was supported by the Kerry County Council Community Support Fund and the Biodiversity Office. The Conservation Association is also fundraising for the project on its website and any donations will be very gratefully received. The heritage trail will be officially launched by Minister for Tourism and Sport Brendan Griffin at the start of June.
Taken from an article in The Kerryman Newspaper 23 May 2018
Click HERE to view and download a PDF of the Maherees Heritage Trail