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It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Cahernane House Hotel for your stay with us.
Killarney has been welcoming tourists to the region for hundreds of years and I hope you will enjoy all the locality has to offer – a National Park within minutes and a vibrant town with many shops and pubs. Historic attractions such as Muckross House & Gardens and Ross Castle are not to be missed.
The Cahernane House Hotel is proud to be part of this history, having been owned by the Herbert Family up until 1940. These are the same Herberts of Muckross House and can trace their ancestors back to the Earls of Pembroke. Please have a look at our history story on the Hotel TV Channel or ask for a copy of our history booklet “If These Walls Could Talk” which gives more insight into the history of the house.
Head Chef Eric Kavanagh has created an exciting dinner menu from local produce Dinner begins at 5.30pm each evening with last orders at 9pm. Reservations are recommended, please dial 200 or 201 to book your table. The same menu will be served in the Herbert Restaurant or Cellar Bar while social distancing measures are in place.
We will also serve a light snack menu in the Cellar Bar from 1pm – 5.30pm daily.
Breakfast is served each morning from 8am – 10.30am.
I do hope you enjoy your stay here and if you do need anything throughout your stay, please let us know,
History of Cahernane
Two brothers, members of the Pembroke family, whose ancestors had fought on the Yorkist side during the War of the Roses, came to Killarney in 1656. One brother was given the great Muckross Estate and the other, the smaller property of Currens and Cahernane. These estates were maintained by the Herbert family for five generations.
By 1872, the rent roll was declining because of the pressure by the Land League under the presidency of Charles Steward Parnell. This organisation took up the cause of the Irish peasants who had long been oppressed by their British landlords. Henry Herbert, like most other Irish landlords was determined to maintain appearances and, to do so, kept carriages horses, boats, boatmen, gardeners, game keepers and a great many servants. In 1877, he pulled down the old family mansion – one of the few remaining Queen Anne buildings in Ireland – and in its place, he built a more modest residence – now the Cahernane House Hotel.
As a result of violence by the land league and harassment by the Home Rule Movement in the House of Commons, the British Parliament passed the Land Act of 1881. This legislation benefited the peasants by guaranteeing fair rent, fixed tenure and freedom from sale. It was a death knell of a great many large holdings, amongst them Muckross Estate. In that year, Muckross House was closed and trustees were appointed to take charge of the estate and attempt to pay off the debts that it had incurred. Cahernane House survived for a further quarter of a century when eventually it too changed ownership to assume a different role.
Henry & Katherine Herbert had 5 children – 4 daughters named Winifred, Katherine, Violet and Gwendolen and one son Arthur. Henry passed away in Dublin in 1898, Katherine his wife, remained at the residence on Clyde Road in Dublin for some years but later moved to England where she died at Bournemouth in 1912.
Henrys son Arthur Stewart Herbert succeeded his father but debt seems to be his main inheritance.
He married Theresa Selina Boyle in 1899 but the couple spent little time at Cahernane. In the earlier part of the 20th century, the house was in a poor state of repair. It was at this time that Cahernane took on a new identity as a hotel, when Arthur leased to hoteliers and associations.
For more details on the Herberts and those who succeeded them at Cahernane, please see a copy of our history booklet entitled “If These Walls Could Talk”. A brief tour and history of the hotel takes place each evening at 6pm from the hotel lobby.
General information (alphabetically)
The reception will be pleased to advise you on all transportation services available to the airport.
Baby Cots and Rollaway Beds
Please contact reception to make arrangements.
We can arrange an experienced child minder for you. Please contact reception to book.
Arrangements can be made for chauffeur driven or self drive cars. Please contact the reception.
In order that we prepare for our next guest, we advise check-out time is 12 noon. Please contact reception should you require any assistance.
There are several local pharmacies (latest opening 9pm). The receptionist will provide you with information and assistance.
The church services are listed towards the end of this booklet.
Please contact reception.
Tap water is potable and we have provided some bottles water for you. Please let us know if you would like additional water.
Should you require the Duty Manager, please ring and he/she will give you the best support they can.
DVD player available on request.
Directions to your nearest fire exit are placed on the back of your door.
Stables are located nearby and horse-riding can be arranged by request. Jaunting Car Tours can also be arranged. Please let the reception know in advance.
Fishing by the hotel residents on the river Flesk which flows beside the hotel. Contact reception for advice on fishing.
Directions to your nearest fire exit are placed on the back of your door. In case of a fire, please leave your belongings behind and direct yourself as soon as possible to the closest fire exit.
Please contact reception for more information.
Contact reception if you wish us to arrange a tee time for you.
There are many local hairdressers, the closest being Pat O’Neill, Style Studio. For more information, please contact reception.
There is an individual heating control located in your room. For assistance contact reception.
In order to make your stay more comfortable, the house keeper will be pleased to provide you with extra pillows, blankets, coat hangers, towels or bathroom amenities.
Ice is available from room service and is free of charge.
Laundry, dry cleaning and pressing
Laundry, dry cleaning and pressing are available Monday to Saturday and same day service is available for orders received before 9.00 a.m.
Please fill in the laundry sheet in your room.
All lighting may be switched on or off from the switches by your door or at the individual switches on the lamps. To support the environment, we would like to ask you to switch off the lights when you are not in the room.
Lost & found
Please contact reception with any lost & found queries.
We can post your mail for you once they have a stamp.
We provide complimentary newspapers each morning in the lobby /drawing room. Should you wish to order a particular paper, please let us know.
For contacting the night porter, follow the instructions on the phone in your room.
Unfortunately, pets are not allowed in the hotel.
We will be pleased to prepare a picnic for you. Please contact reception for further information or have a look on the room service menu.
Radio is available from your TV.
We offer 24-hour room service. Please see menus and we would be pleased to cater for any
special for requirements. The room service charge will be 5 euro p.p.
Our personnel patrol the hotel 24 hours a day. For further assistance please contact the duty manager.
Please the reception for more information. The reception will be happy to help you further.
Stationery has been placed in with this directory. Reception will be happy to provide you with additional stationery on request.
Are available on request. Please contact reception.
Should you require any additional toiletries please contact housekeeping or reception.
If you would like to upgrade please contact reception and we will be happy to accommodate you, subject to availability.
All electrical sockets are 220 volts A.C. except for marked 110v. A transformer is required for 110v and 115v.
Please contact reception.
Is free of charge. Connect with: Cahernane House Hotel.
For other problems of any other questions, contact the reception or duty manager.
Bar & restaurant opening times
Cellar bar Lunches & snacks
1 P.M. – 5:30 P.M.
08:00 A.M. – 10:30 A.M.
Restaurant or Bar Dinner
5:30 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Killarney Churches & Services 2020
Church Days of service Time of service
St. Mary’s Cathedral
Saturdays & Eve of Holy Days Weekdays
Vigil 6:15 P.M.
Sundays, St. Patrick’s Day & Christmas Day
08:00 A.M., 10:30 A.M. and 12:00 noon
08:00 A.M., 10:30 A.M. and 6:15 P.M
10:30 A.M., 06:15 P.M.
Church of the Resurrection
Park Road –
Tel. (064) 6631014
Roman catholic Saturdays & Eve of Holy Days
Saturdays & Eve of Holy Days
Sundays, St. Patrick’s Day & Christmas Day
Weekdays and Holy Days
Church of the Holy Spirit, Muckross
Sunday and Holy Days
Saturday vigil mass & Eve of Holydays
Sundays, Holy Days
08:30 A.M., 10:00 A.M., 11:30 A.M.
08:00 A.M., 10:00 A.M.
Saturdays & eves of holydays
09:00 A.M., 11:00 A.M.
Weekly daily mass and holydays
St. Mary’s (Church of the Sloes)
Church of Ireland
09:30 – 10:00 A.M. (May-Sep), 11:00 – 12:00 noon (all year)
09:00 A.M. & 11 A.M.
Wed. 07:30 P.M.
Fri. 11:00 A.M.
Living rRck Pentecostal church
New Life Church
Killarney Baptist Church
We hope you have already a pleasant and comfortable journey, and that you did not have any trouble finding Killarney’s best kept secret !
We have put together a list of things you cannot miss while here in the beautiful Kingdom. If you need advice or help with bookings please advise a member of staff and we will be happy to help. We do hope you enjoy your stay at the Cahernane House Hotel, and any feedback is greatly appreciated.
Things to do in Killarney
Cycle in Killarney’s National Park
We provide complimentary bicycles here at the Cahernane to our guests. Get your bike, map, lock and helmet from reception. We have prepared a personalised map for you with routes directly from the Cahernane so your cycle could not be easier.
Jaunting Cars from Cahernane
A local Jaunting cart will collect you from the Cahernane and will take you through the National Park to Muckross Abbey. Enjoy soaking up the sights and sound of this incredible park with views of Lough Lein (The Lower Lake) en route.
The Ring of Kerry
You cannot come to Killarney without doing the Ring of Kerry, please let us book your trip from one of the local recommended drivers. If you require a packed lunch we would be delighted to organise this for you. This drive is 180 km / 112 miles.
Walks in Killarney for every level. We have picked a few of our favourites
This is good on a wet day as its tree lined from the car park, and is about 150 meters and well worth it, it’s amazing in or after the rain, this is a walk for all ages, but not buggies or prams.
Our General Managers favourite. This is also a great walk on a rainy day you get great shelter from the elements and a good work out this is a strenuous work/climb. (1.5 hours round trip).
Please note the title of this walk !
Climb to the summit should be no problem to most reasonable fitness, and is one the most accessible mountains over 800m. The walk has spectacular views of the Devil’s Punchbowl, which is a lake at the top of the mountain, amazing. Don’t forget your packed lunch. (5 hours)
Ireland’s highest mountain, this climb is for the thrill seekers this climb will require a guide, we can book this for you. Carrauntoohil is 1,038 metres (3,406 ft.) high and is the central peak of the MacGillycuddy’s reeks range. (8 hours) When you arrive back to the Cahernane why not sit back in front of the fire with a baileys coffee.
The Gap of Dunloe
A drive of 11 km, up through the scenic Gap of Dunloe, a narrow mountain pass carved by glacial ice. It’s best reached from the R562, which follows the north side of the lower lake. See Dunloe castle, tucked in the grove of trees, as well as a group of Ogham stones. From Kate Kearney’s cottage, the 4 km climb to the pass is usually completed in a jaunting car, or on foot. From the top, there are superb views of hills, valleys, and lakes.
Those that can be done when its raining are marked with an (R)
• Muckross House tour. (R)
• Horse Riding.
• Killarney Port Road Playground.
• Ross Castle boat tours, & take the Ross Castle tour (R).
• Big red bus tour (R)
• Muckross traditional farms.
• Muckross craft centre. (R)
• Hide and seek in Muckross Abbey (one of our favourites !). You do have a small piece of pathway from the car park at Muckross Park Hotel to the Abbey if it’s raining but once inside there is enough sheltered space so its suitable for a rainy day (R)
• Murphy’s Ice-cream in Killarney centre, one of the best homemade ice-creams we have ever tried (R)
• Aqua dome in Tralee with indoor water slides & pool. 30km away from Killarney (R)
• Aghadoe viewing point.
• See where the Herbert family is buried at Killegy Burial Ground in Muckross.
We can advise on all the above for you, make bookings or give directions. Please let reception desk know and they will be happy to help.
Killarney falconry provides group and private hawk walks, you will set off around the beauty of Killarney’s lakeside to fly a hawk. Experience the unforgettable moment when a hawk swoops down from a tree to land on your gloved fist. Each walk is and experience with a falconer and hawk, or team of hawks. When you arrive back to the hotel, be sure to see what specials the cellar bar has to offer.
Please be advised that this will need to pre-booked, one of our reception staff will be happy to help.
Knockreer House Gardens
A short walk from Killarney town centre will bring you to Knockreer House & gardens in Killarney national park. Simply walk to Deenagh lodge gate, opposite the Cathedral, and enter Knockreer estate. Knockreer is now the field study centre for the national park.
Boat trip from Muckross Boathouse
John Lyne operate boat trips from Dundag Pier to Dinis Cottage, an old hunting lodge once owned by the Herbert Family. They will also take your bicycle, so no excuses not to get your bike, hat and map from The Cahernane House Hotel and make your way to a day you won’t forget.
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