Killorglin History Trail

Killorglin, on the banks of the River Laune that carries water from the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks to the Atlantic Ocean, may be a small town, but it is rich in history.

The surrounding hills are alive with folkloric tales of the Fianna outlaws, and Neolithic monuments, that date back to some of the earliest men and women, abound.

In a town so old, there are many tales to tell, from the fanciful story of how Killorglin money helped to open up some of the frontier states of America, to the tragic first deaths of the Easter 1916 Rising that led to the War of Independence.

Visitors will find much to see, from a ruined Norman castle to an iron industrial bridge that heralded the arrival of the first railways. There’s the goat statue too, of course, in honour of King Puck after whom the annual summer festival, one of the oldest in Ireland, is dedicated.

Learn about all these stories and more on a self-guided walking tour of the town’s history.

Difficulty
1/10
Duration
1.5 to 2 hours
Distance
5 km
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