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Cathair Saidhbhín
Cahersiveen is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 51°56′53″N 10°13′26″W / 51.948°N 10.224°W / 51.948; -10.224Coordinates: 51°56′53″N 10°13′26″W / 51.948°N 10.224°W / 51.948; -10.224
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Kerry
Elevation 79 m (259 ft)
Population (2016)[1]
 • Urban 1,041
Irish Grid Reference V469795

Cahersiveen[7][8] (Irish: 'Cathair Saidhbhín', meaning "Little Sadhbh's stone ringfort") — alternate spellings Cahirsiveen, Cahirciveen or Caherciveen — is a town in County Kerry, Ireland. As of the 2016 CSO census, the town had a population of 1,041.[1]


Cahersiveen is situated on the slopes of Beentee, and on the lower course of the River Fertha. It is the principal settlement of the Iveragh Peninsula, lies near Valentia Island, and is connected to the Irish road network by the N70 road.


Cahersiveen was where the first shots of the Fenian Rising were fired in 1867.


The Catholic church in the town is the only one in Ireland named after a lay person, Daniel O'Connell. [8] It also contains a decommissioned Royal Irish Constabulary barracks, now a heritage centre, which according to legend, was built from the plans for a British barracks in India that got mixed up (a very common myth that occurs in many Irish garrison towns).


The town's primary school Scoil Saidbhín was opened in September 2015. This school is an amalgamation of Scoil Mhuire, the boys' primary school and St Joseph's Convent, the girls' primary school. There are 4 primary schools in total in the parish of Cahersiveen, including schools in the town's hinterland: Aghatubrid National school, Coars National School, and Foilmore National School. The Aghatubrid school was established in 1964 and has approximately 88 students.

Coláiste Na Sceilge is the co-educational secondary school located in Cahersiveen. Over 530 pupils attend Coláiste Na Sceilge. Pupils from all around Iveragh attend the secondary school. For students interested in speaking their native language there is An t-Aonad Lán-Ghaeilge. It is an all Irish-speaking class for 1st to 3rd year students, where students do all their learning through Irish. In 2012/2013 there were 26 students who enrolled into An t-Aonad Lán-Ghaeilge. The school's website is You can find a list of the primary schools and their contact details on the Coláiste Na Sceilge website.



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  1. ^ a b "Census 2016 - SAPMAP Area - Settlements - Cahersiveen". Census 2016. CSO. 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2018. 
  2. ^ Census for post 1821 figures.
  3. ^ Archived 2016-05-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2014-02-09. 
  5. ^ Lee, JJ (1981). "Pre-famine". In Goldstrom, J. M.; Clarkson, L. A. Irish Population, Economy, and Society: Essays in Honour of the Late K. H. Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press. 
  6. ^ Mokyr, Joel; O Grada, Cormac (November 1984). "New Developments in Irish Population History, 1700-1850". The Economic History Review. 37 (4): 473–488. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1984.tb00344.x. 
  7. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  8. ^ a b Ordnance Survey Ireland - Online map viewer

9 'The Kerry Foot' from BLOODROOT (Doire Press, 2017) by poet Annemarie Ni Churreain republished by Summer 2017 The Stinging Fly