Cahirciveen is an anglisation of the Irish, Cathair Saidhbhín, meaning “town of Little Sadhbh”, alternate spellings Cahersiveen, Caherciveen or Cahirsiveen. It is located in the deep south on the Iveragh peninsula on southwest coast of Ireland near Valentia Island. Caherciveen is the capital of the Iveragh peninsula and one of the main towns on the world famous Ring of Kerry.
The town has a Catholic church which is the only one in the country named after a lay person, Daniel O’Connell. O’Connell is one of the towns most famous sons known as The Liberator or The Emancipator, he was an Irish political leader in the first half of the nineteenth century. The town is situated on the river Fertha and on the slopes of Beentee Mountain. It also contains an out of commission Royal Irish Constabulary barracks – now a heritage centre, which according to legend, was built from the plans for a British barracks in India, which got mixed up.