Fenit Island Access Campaign

Fenit Island Access Campaign

Campaigning on behalf of the community

Fenit - a tranquil and welcoming place

Fenit is a lovely fishing village situated on the northern shore of Tralee Bay in the county of Kerry. It is a working port and also a holiday destination packed with leisure amenities which people from all over the region – and indeed the world – travel here to enjoy.

The people of Fenit are as friendly and welcoming as you will find anywhere in Ireland. They have a long and proud history as a community and positively enjoy meeting with visitors - many of whom return year after year. They return because of the welcome they have always received and to fish, sail, walk along the coastal pathways, relax on the beach, play golf and enjoy the company of the people they meet here.

The jewel in Fenit’s crown was always Fenit Island – a remote and ruggedly beautiful island reached at low tide by a causeway running from the mainland. Fenit Island is a place of outstanding natural beauty as well as being a historically important and culturally significant place. As the birthplace of St Brendan and the site of the ruins of Fenit castle the island is an important part of the heritage of the nation.

The focus of this website is the dispute between three of the landowners on Fenit Island and the local community. The dispute is a result of the landowners erecting many kilometers of ugly fences which prevent people using the age-old public footpath around the coastal perimeter of the island.

The dispute is being conducted vigorously as the community are determined to regain their access rights so that they  - and those who visit the region - can once again peacefully enjoy this magical place. However, the dispute is - and always will be conducted in a determined yet peaceful, lawful and good natured manner.

Until the dispute is resolved and the community achieves its aims Fenit remains very much open for business. Please don’t be put off by the negative publicity which the dispute may be creating. In many ways the dispute demonstrates all that is good about small, remote rural communities. In such rural places people are prepared to join together in solidarity with their neighbours to right an injustice.

So do please visit the region and see what it is we are fighting for. You will receive a warm welcome and be greeted by smiling faces – see you all soon.