Camp Sheep Fair

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Camp Annual Sheep fair is usually held on the third Sunday in September in the village of Camp. The fair dates back centuries to the time of Lord Ventry when a ram auction was held in the village.

Lord Ventry brought the first black faced scotch breed of sheep to West Kerry. He carried 1,000 ewes on his lands in Beheenagh, Camp at this time.

The fair has survived down through the years and is as always a great social occasion too for the local sheep farmers and the families of Camp. In recent years the fair has developed and now we have horses and donkeys, fowl and other animals along with the sheep for sale at the fair.

Camp Fair is one of a very few fairs left that sheep are penned at the roadside and buyers come along and make bargains as in days gone by. No weights or measures are available like the marts, so its very much take the sheep as you see her! and trust the farmer to sell you a good animal that will be healthy and breed well into the future.

The Sheep Show is one of the big events at Camp Fair. Farmers show their quality sheep and they are judged and perpetual trophies in memory of Camp men now herding in greener pastures, are given out for the best animals. The traditional mutton pie is the staple diet on the day. The children gather from school and have water fights and everybody enjoys an amazing evening.

Camp/An Com, the gateway to the beautiful scenic Dingle Peninsula in West Kerry is situated on the N86 road to Dingle about 12 miles west of Tralee. Camp is steeped in history and culture, with numerous historical sites and monuments in the area.

The area is a walkers paradise on the slopes of the Slieve Mish mountain range and at the foot of Caherconree, one of the highest mountains in County Kerry.

Washed by the waters of Tralee and Brandon Bay and with Miles and miles of clean quiet sandy beaches and spectacular scenery around every corner, Camp is truly among the most beautiful places in the world to visit. 

The village has everything, great traditional music pubs and restaurants, supermarket, B/B accommodation of the highest calibre, Churches for all denominations.

Near Camp village in the centre of a field is a gravestone which bears a simple cross, an Ogham inscription and a Latin script. Tradition tells how Fas, wife of a Milesian chieftain, was killed in the first battle between the Milesians and the original settlers.

At 2050 feet above sea-level a stone fortress with a defending wall 350 feet long and 14 feet thick. Tradition tells how the fort was built and magically defended by Cu Raoi a magical figure who carried off Cu Chulainn's girlfriend Blathnaid.

A small rectangular site consisting of an oratory an two small buildings perhaps dated to the seventh century. Just past the church the ruins of a ruined village can be seen. During the nineteenth century the landlords evicted all the residents leaving a deserted village.

In 1891 the 3 foot gauge Tralee and Dingle Railway opened passed through the village of Camp, however it proved to be extremely slow and accident-prone due to high gradients and curves and was soon closed down.

Fine restaurants, pubs, petrol station are all in the village and if you can't keep away from 'surfing' an internet cafe is located in Camp Village.


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