Derrynane House

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Derrynane House
Teach Dhoire Fhionáin
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Derrynane House is located in Ireland
Derrynane House
Location in Ireland
General information
LocationCounty Kerry
Country Ireland
Coordinates51°45′49″N 10°07′44″W / 51.76361°N 10.12889°W / 51.76361; -10.12889Coordinates: 51°45′49″N 10°07′44″W / 51.76361°N 10.12889°W / 51.76361; -10.12889
Construction started1825
Heritage Ireland

Derrynane House (Irish: "Teach Dhoire Fhionáin") was the home of Irish politician and statesman, Daniel O'Connell.[1] It is now an Irish National Monument and part of a 320-acre (1.3 km²) National Park.

Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands on the scenic Kerry coast, the House displays many relics of O'Connell's life and career. Access for visitors with disabilities to ground floor.[2]

The house is located on the Iveragh peninsula on the Ring of Kerry near the village of Derrynane in County Kerry, Ireland (3.5 km from Caherdaniel (off N70 - "Ring of Kerry"[2]). Guided tours of the house are available on request, along with a visual presentation.


It was O'Connell's grandparents, Domhnall Mór Ó Conaill and Máire Ní Dhonnchadha Dhuibh, who built or extended the house in the 1700s.[3] The oldest part of the house, built in 1702, was demolished in 1967 for safety reasons during the restoration work. Daniel O'Connell built the two-storey south wing facing the sea and the library wing to the east in 1825, the oldest surviving part of the house. The chapel was added in 1844 and was modelled on the ruined monastery chapel of Ahamore Abbey on nearby Abbey Island. Restoration work was completed in 1967, when the house was officially opened to the public as a museum by President De Valera.[4]

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  1. ^ "Derrynane House". Heritage Ireland. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Derrynane House". Derrynane House. Archived from the original on 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2009-01-23.
  3. ^ NÍ Úrdail, Meidhbhín (2009). "Ní Dhonnchadha Dhuibh, Máire". In McGuire, James; Quinn, James (eds.). Dictionary of Irish Biography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. ^ "Archaeological Survey Database SMR No KE106-074". National Monuments Service. Retrieved 31 January 2015.

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