Deenagh Lodge, Killarney National Park. County Kerry      1834

Deenagh Lodge is classified as a ‘cottage orne’ or ornamental cottage. It was built in 1834 and is located near the entrance of Killarney National Park beside the river Deenagh. It was built using the local river reed which being hollow offered excellent insulation during the winter and kept it cool during the summer. The lodge has beautiful features including a traditional decorated thatched roof, overhanging eaves, verges and Tudor style chimneys. Today it operates as a glorious tea room and is run by Down Syndrome Ireland’s Kerry Branch. Their goal is to help people with Downs Syndrome and make their futures as bright and as independent as possible. They do this by providing education and training for possible work opportunities in the hospitality industry. This is a perfect starting and finishing point for a number of circular walks that take in some wonderful views of the Lower Lake and the mountains. You can also see Spraoi Chiarrai traditional Irish music with song and dance performances right outside the lodge throughout the year.