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Lixnaw, Irish: Leac Snámha, meaning "swimming flagstone" and the Kerry version is Lic-Snamha [Snawa], is a village in North Kerry. It is located near the River Brick over which there were originally two stone bridges, from which the village got its name.
Lixnaw was once the seat of the Earls of Kerry. In 1320 Nicolas, the third baron of Lixnaw, erected the Castle of Lixnaw, built the old bridge, and improved the village. In 1600 Sir Chas. Wilmot and his forces garrisoned the castle and established it as their centre of operations. It was subsequently re-taken by Lord Kerry who entrusted its defense to his brother Gerald, who was eventually forced to surrender the castle due to a shortage of water.
Today, nothing remains of the Castle of Lixnaw. An interesting point about the Earls of Kerry is that one of the descendants, later Lord Lansdowne, who was born in Dublin but was largely reared in Lixnaw (except when he was in Eton), became British Prime Minister in 1782. Later Lansdowne Road was named after him and it became the common name for that great rugby stadium in Dublin.
St. Michael's Church is a Catholic Church designed by Irish architect JJ McCarthy, but more Norman than Celtic in design, due to having to flank the nave with aisles that open off it through robust round arched arcades. Modernised interior.
St. Michael's Holy Well features a statue depicting St. Michael defeating Satan.
Lixnaw railway station opened on 20 December 1880, closed for passenger traffic on 4 February 1963, closed for goods traffic on 2 December 1974 and finally closed altogether on 11 June 1983.
The local GAA club, Lixnaw GAA, have won the Kerry Senior Championship on seven occasions. Well-known Lixnaw players include Paul Galvin and Eamonn Fitzmaurice.
The club is primarily concerned with the game of hurling but many of their players play football with Finuge.
If you fancy a game of golf there is a useful pitch and putt course and driving range and after you can relax with a pint of the black stuff in the Railway Bar on the main street.
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