In January 2014, the International Dark-Sky Association (IDA) awarded Gold-tier status to the newly established Kerry International Dark-Sky Reserve. This is only the 3rd Gold-Tier Reserve in the world and the first in the northern hemisphere. This is great news and official recognition of a fact that I had known for a long time: Southwest Kerry has exceptional starry nights and is a great place for stargazing. Click here for the official press release.
I find it difficult to believe that it is Mannix Point’s
34th season. It seems such a short time since opening. I started
with a rough, wet, unproductive piece of land in a superb location;
almost no money but plenty of enthusiasm. There have been many
difficulties along the way but on the whole it has been a wonderful
From very humble beginnings Mannix Point has developed but has continued
to retain its fundamental charm and ambience. It continues to win
national and international awards which is both re-assuring and
motivating. My sincere thanks to all of you who voted for me. It
is very much appreciated.
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Pre-booking is essential for all categories for the weekend of the Music Festival - minimum three nights stay.
The Cahersiveen Celtic Festival of Music and the Arts takes
place on Friday 4th, Saturday 5th & Sunday 6th August 2017. Musicians from Ireland, the U.K. and various parts of mainland
Europe gather at Mannix Point and in the weeks running up to and
after the festival the music sessions in the Campers’ Sitting
Room are brilliant. All are welcome to join in so bring the instruments
and have a go. It is a bad time for me because I stay up too late
but I have the winter to recover.
This is a great area for high and low level walking. The beentee looped walk for example is very popular. It is important
to get local information about access. Just ask and I’ll be
able to put you on the right track. There are plenty of local maps
and guides available on loan or for sale at the Reception.
You can learn to
play the Bodhran or the Fiddle while you are on holiday at Mannix Point.
Bodhran player, Phil Stephens gives one-to-one 2 hour lessons.
Peter Mullarkey gives individual tuition to beginners or
already relatively accomplished fiddle players.
The musicians also play in sessions in local pubs.
Looking forward to meeting old friends and new arrivals during