village of Ballylongford (Beal Atha Longphuirt) gets its name from
the ford (Ath) which led to the ancient Longphuirt or Ship – haven
of the Ui Conchuir. (The O’Connor Kerry). This was situated at
Carrigafoyle, two miles to the north.
The present castle at Carrigafoyle was built (1490-1500) by Conchuir
Liath O Connor; it is 90 feet high, 60 feet long, and 30 feet wide.
Its most interesting feature is the dock surrounding the castle,
which allowed boats to tie up in safety at its very door.
Brendan Kennelly Festival
The festival takes place every August in Brendan’s home village
of Ballylongford. Poetry, workshops, historical walks, theatre,
music, dance, exhibitions, street spectacle, literary and children’s
events all feature in this annual festive feast of local, national
and international culture.