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Kilgarvan

Kilgarvan (, meaning "church of St. Garbhan" is a small village in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland. It is situated on the banks of the Roughty River which flows into Kenmare Bay. By car, the village is a ten minute trip from Kenmare, and thirty minutes from Killarney.HistoryKilgarvan is a village in SouthEast County Kerry near the Cork Boundary, Kilgarvan was the site of the Battle of Callan in 1261 which reduced Norman power in Ireland for almost 300 years. The battle site is located in the townland of Callan (pronounced Collon).Nearby the town are the ruins of "Ardtully House". This house, built in castle style by the wealthy landowner Sir Richard John Theodore Orpen (1788-1876), Knight of Ardtully, in 1847. It replaced a number of earlier structures, dating as far back as 1215. It was associated with a number of families including Carew, McCarthy, Dillon, Babbington and Conway. Only ruins remain as it was burned down in 1921 during the Irish War of Independence. Directions on how to find the Castle are painted on the wall of a house on Kilgaravan Main Street.Housing developmentKilgarvan has seen property development during recent years, probably to meet housing demand from those seeking an alternative to higher prices in nearby towns. Four new housing estates were built around the village in recent times.Healy-Rae Park, located adjacent to the Mace supermarketAmelio Mews, located to the east of the villageLime Woods, located to the rear of the Mace supermarket & Post officeSuiomh Alainn, located on Railway Road to the north of the village adjacent to the National School. The population of Kilgarvan decreased from 175 in 1996 to 156 in 2002. 2006 saw an increase to 164.
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