Derrynane House, National Historic Park
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Derrynane House, in County Kerry, was the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, the Irish statesman who played an important role in gaining Catholic Emancipation in 1829. Together with 120 hectares it makes up Derrynane National Historic Park.
Derrynane House is the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman (6 August 1775 – 15 May 1847). Known as ‘The Liberator’, Daniel O'Connell was a 19th century politician who championed the cause of the Irish in the British Parliament and succeeded in achieving Catholic Emancipation which he believed would be the first step in achieving Home Rule. Situated on 120 hectares of parklands on the scenic Kerry coast, the House displays many relics of O'Connell s life and career.
Today some 120 hectares of the lands of Derrynane, together with Derrynane House, make up Derrynane National Historic Park. Plantations and garden walks were laid out in the 18th and 19th Centuries, principally north and west of the house. Some features of the demesne are strongly associated with Daniel O'Connell, including the old summer house. The main area of the gardens, set inland and to the north of the house, can be reached through a tunnel under the road.
The house and grounds have been preserved and are open to the public every day during the summer months and anyone touring the Ring of Kerry should make a point of visiting. Guided tours available on request, maximum number 40 and duration 30 minutes. There is an audio visual presentation and guidebooks in English, Irish, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Dutch available.