Ring of Kerry Tourist Guide - must go places in Ireland, County Kerry, Iveragh Peninsula



Waterville / An Coireán, County Kerry, Ireland 02.03.2009





Here is place no2 of the Ring of Kerry Tourist Guide - Waterville. Russell Cunningham / ViewPointSoftware and me created a content mangaged website, including Russell brilliant Amicus tool and some of my licensed landscape photos and 360° Panoramas. Care to have a look? www.visitwaterville.ie


Waterville (Irish: An Coireán, meaning ‘"The Little Whirlpool" or "The Sickle"’) is a town in County Kerry, Ireland, on the Iveragh peninsula. The town is sited on a narrow isthmus, with Lough Currane on the east side of the town, and Ballinskelligs Bay on the west, and the Currane River connecting the two.
The town's name in Irish refers to the river in the case of "The Little Whirlpool", or "The Sickle" refers to the shape of Ballinskelligs Bay on which the town sits; the name however has been transplanted onto the lake with the Irish name being Loch Luíoch or Loch Luidheach. The Butler family built a house at the mouth of the River Currane in the latter part of the 18th century. They named their house and estate Waterville. The village that developed on the estate during the first half of the 19th century was also named Waterville. Cyrus Field happened to be from Waterville City, Maine, USA. It was he who decided to locate a cable station of his Commercial Cable Company just outside the existing village in the 1880's in the townland of Spunkane. The cable station brought much activity to Waterville and increased the town in size. The N70 Ring of Kerry route passes through the town.
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