Derrynane House & National Historic Park is the childhood home of Daniel O'Connell and of immense historical importance. The house contains an unparalleled collection of furniture, paintings, books and memorabilia associated with O'Connell and his family. In the care of OPW since 1964, the house opened to the public in 1967 and the surrounding park (its demesne) officially opened in 1975.
The Park covers 120 hectares (300 acres) including 1.5 km of sandy and rocky shoreline. The gardens were initially developed in the 18th and 19th century and many of the original paths and walks have been restored. Significant additions of rare and tender plants, many from Southern Hemisphere, have been planted since mid-1990’s, including a collection of rare and endangered Trees from South America, sourced by Edinburgh Botanic Gardens.
The Park has extensive sand dunes, which are an important habitat for rare flora & fauna, including Orchids, Kerry Lily, and the Natter jack Toad. The Botanical habitat is carefully managed by an annual programme of mowing and cattle grazing. The local microclimate allows the cultivation of tender and rare specimens. The property falls within the boundary of two European (Natura 2000) protected habitat designations, the Special Area of Conservation, Kenmare River and the Special Protection Area, Iveragh Peninsula.
Derrynane is a discovery point on the Wild Atlantic Way