Inaugural Architecture Kerry festival to celebrate local architectural heritage

Pictured at the launch of the inaugural Architecture Kerry Festival in Balloonagh Convent Chapel are from left Barbara Carey of Carey Architects; Mike Scannell, Director of Services, Kerry County Council; Victoria McCarthy, Architectural Conservation Officer, Kerry County Council; Norma Foley, Cathaoirleach, Kerry County Council; Cormac Kane of Kane Williams Architects; and Kate Kennelly, Creative Ireland Coordinator in Kerry. Pic: Pauline Dennigan

The inaugural Architecture Kerry festival will take place this month.

It will run from September 28th to 30th and will celebrate Kerry’s architectural heritage.

The festival will include talks, free guided tours, exhibitions, workshops and family events.


The aim of the new festival, which is part of the Creative Ireland Programme, is to highlight the wide diversity of the architectural landscape in Kerry.

Some of the best-known sites of architectural significance in the county will also be accessible to all ages as part of the festival.

Several public and private buildings across the county will open their doors for free guided tours, while Kerry County Museum and Kerry libraries will host exhibitions and workshops.

A wide-ranging symposium ‘New Life in Old Spaces’ will take place in the chapel of the former Balloonagh Convent in Tralee.

The weekend will also see Tralee Library hosting an exhibition of the winners of the 2018 Irish Architecture Awards to highlight the contribution they make to society.

Kerry architects will also showcase their work throughout the festival.

Kerry County Council’s Architectural Conservation Officer, Victoria McCarthy, says the festival is an effort to promote and highlight some of Kerry’s unique and attractive architectural heritage in the county.