No35 wins European food award

Major International Award Win For Kerry Hotelier and Pig Breeder

Dermot Brennan, owner of the boutique Brook Lane Hotel, Casey’s Bar & Restaurant and No 35 Restaurant in Kenmare, Co Kerry, has won Champion of Ireland 2016 for Best Pork Sausage at the prestigious Fins Goustiers European Championships.

The awards, which are held annually in Normandy, France, is the European Championships for certain meat products, namely sausages and white puddings. Held annually in Alençon, Normandy, France, they are widely regarded as one of the most prestigious awards for processed pork products. The purpose of the awards is to promote these meat products and uphold the standards of production. The awards are only open to artisan butchers who produce their own products. Sixteen products from Ireland competed for the title and the competing sausages were judged on three criteria – appearance, seasoning and taste.

Dermot’s award winning sausages contain 100% pork from his own pigs, use natural casings, and have naturally occurring salt and iodine. They can be found on the menus at Casey’s Restaurant in Brook Lane Hotel and in dishes such as the pork tasting plate with apple ketchup, cider jus and crackling in No 35 restaurant.

David Beresford, Le Grand Prevost of Commanderie des Fins Goustiers du Duche d’Alencon, said, “The standard of entries in the competition for the pork sausage was extremely high. Dermot Brennan did exceptionally well to achieve the award of Champion of Ireland in this category, beating some previous holders of the title who were also competing and some of the best butchers in Ireland.”

Dermot, who owns and runs the hotel and restaurants with his wife Una, began breeding rare-breed, pedigree saddleback outdoor pigs five years ago on twenty acres of land one kilometre from the hotel.

Speaking after the win, Dermot said, “The unique environment where our pigs live gives the meat its distinctive and very special flavour. We are situated two kilometres from the Atlantic ocean which gives our pork its unique flavour from the salt coming in off Kenmare Bay. The high salt levels and iodine-rich content of these plants and grasses that our pigs feed on make the muscle cells in the flesh retain more moisture so the meat is juicier and melt-in-the-mouth tender, a taste that has been largely forgotten in today’s mass produced pork.”

The pigs that produce the free-range pork are born outside and spend their entire lives in the fresh air, with freedom to roam in large paddocks and root around in the soil. They have shelter when they need it in the form of large straw bedded mobile huts, and they grow at a much slower, more natural rate.

Dermot also produces his own chorizo sausage, pork burgers, hams and dry-cured bacon. Most of the produce for the family-run hotel and restaurants is sourced locally, and the Brennans, who have three young children, also keep their own hens which supply their businesses with farm fresh eggs.

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Ring of Beara Cycle 2016


The fantastic Ring of Beara cycle is back this weekend for an exciting 140km or 110km cycle by the rugged Wild Atlantic Way coastal route of the Beara Peninsula. The cycle attracts thousands of participants from around the country who come together to raise money for this years two nominated charities: Southwest Counselling and Cancer Connect. Now in its second year the cycle transforms the picturesque town of Kenmare into a haven for cycle enthusiasts, tourists & locals alike.

We are delighted that our sister property the Brook Lane Hotel are the official headquarters of the cycle and are proud to host the after party this Saturday night with local legendary band “Stone De Crows”!! Guaranteed to be a great night with great food and even better craic we hope to see you all here to wrap up another successful year of the Ring of Beara Cycle.

For all info on the cycle click the link below and keep an eye on our Facebook page throughout the weekend for updates on an exciting weekend in Kenmare!! | 064 664 1559  |


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September Events in Kerry Feature – Killarney Women’s Mini Marathon

Killarney Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on Saturday 19th September this year. The route takes in the streets of Killarney town and the scenic Killarney National Park.


Killarney Women's Mini Marathon

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Please note that there are no registrations on the day. This is a strictly pre-registered event and you can choose to partake in a 5km or 10km event – either of which will be filled with fun, colour and even more fun!

The brilliant thing about this event that we absolutely love is that while the naming convention is very clearly “Women’s”, the crafty organisers have worked out a way of attracting male participants by insisting that they are welcome to take part but with one condition – just a small bit of dressing up is required, take a look at the below promotional shot of Killarney Women’s Mini Marathon to see exactly what we mean!


Killarney Women's Mini Marathon - Are You Man Enough?

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Registration for the Killarney Women’s Mini Marathon can be done in either of two ways. You can register online or else send a completed postal entry form, find out everything you need to know about registering for this fun-filled event here:

And if you are planning a celebratory dinner having enjoyed the exertions of a local sporting event, our private dining room with special group menu is an ideal venue for group dinner in Kerry.

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Foodie Heaven Next To Kenmare – A Taste of West Cork Food Festival

While we know that our beautiful town of Kenmare & indeed Co. Kerry is a little piece of “heaven on earth” we also know that our neighbours in West Cork have something pretty special going on too when it comes to quality cuisine and stunning scenery!

And we think that the Taste of West Cork Food Festival (which runs from 4th to 13th September, 2015 in Skibbereen) celebrates perfectly  the unique area that is West Cork and everything that makes it, truly, a place apart.

A Taste of West Cork – here’s the lowdown…

A Taste of West Cork Food Festival is so much more than a festival which happens to be about food.  A Taste of West Cork Food Festival actively promotes everything about West Cork as a unique destination.

Food carries an inherent feeling of nurture, comfort and gratification. Healthy, naturally produced, fresh tasting and beautifully prepared food further enhances our feeling of wellbeing.

Place this in a geographical area known for its wild scallops and black puddings  for its wonderful natural beauty, layered with ancient spirituality and human tragedy and liberally sprinkled with a purity of culture, art and craft and the result is “West Cork – a place apart!”

View this “A Taste of West Cork” video which showcases this wonderful event:


A Taste of West Cork – food events galore

The beauty of West Cork  draws so many artists, writers, craft people and food producers to West Cork.  A Taste of West Cork Food Festival showcases the wonderful food and food creators of this very special place.

Food Markets at A Taste of West Cork Food Festival

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It brings together a unique mix of food markets and cooking demonstrations, food tasting and cookery competitions, special dinners, brunches,and banquets, talks and exhibits, children’s events, adventures and more.

A Taste of West Cork – celebrating food hero’s

A Taste of West Cork which  is one of  Ireland’s longest running food festival, and if fast becoming a premier event on the food calendar.  The festival  is one of the best opportunity for the  many local producers and chefs  to showcase their wares to people passionate about food.

Check out this video clip about the renowned Belling Artisan Food Awards which are an integral part of the festival:


A Taste of West Cork Food Festival understands how important local food is to our economy and with our wealth of artisan food producers, supportive retailers and markets, talented chefs and award winning restaurants we  continue to attract visitors to West Cork.

The world renowned food combined with the most idyllic part of Ireland makes A Taste of West Cork Food Festival the perfect festival for all the family.

Why A Taste of West Cork 2015 Will Be Bigger & Better

The 2015 Festival is set to be bigger and better and  will include the much loved traditional open air street food and craft market, daily walks, interactive workshops,  food demonstrations and tastings, themed nights in restaurants in Skibbereen and beyond, the already famous Celtic Cook off, cookery competitions, traditional music nights and many special events.

There is something to tempt every palate and many of the events staged throughout the festival week are free or minimum charges apply so there is also something to suit everyone’s pocket.

So whether you are a fan of restaurants in Kerry or West Cork, this truly superb food festival will celebrate all that is great and good within the region’s ever-popular food industry. 

Find out more & view the festival’s full program of events on the A Taste of West Cork website

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Hey Kenmare, The Lost Sheep Triathlon Is Coming To Town!


The Lost Sheep Triathlon is one of the premier races in the country starting and finishing in Kenmare – but let us assure you, this ain’t just any old triathlon!

This is an extremely challenging course set in the beautiful Beara Peninsula continually attracts some of the country’s top triathletes

Lost Sheep Triathlon is taking place on Saturday September 5th 2015

Since its inception in 2003 it has gained a reputation both nationally and internationally as the toughest half iron distance race on the Irish triathlon circuit. The Lost Sheep Half Iron triathlon is entering its 13th year and this year will be the biggest race ever with space for 400 individual competitors. The race will fill fast so set your alarm clock now!

Traditionally staged in September each year the event starts with a 1900m swim in the scenic Kenmare Bay.

Lost Sheep Triathlon: Kenmare Bay…so who fancies a swim here?

Lost Sheep Triathlon, Kenmare Bay

This is followed by an 83km cycle which takes competitors from Kenmare out along the Ring of Beara peninsula before going up and over it to the other side.

This journey takes competitors over two category one climbs. Firstly the Healy Pass.

On reaching the top you cross the county border from the northern Kerry half of the peninsula into the southern Cork side after just over 27km into the cycle. You now have to navigate your way down the other side with its 6 switch-switch back hairpins to test your Tour de France style descending technique on what can only be described as Ireland’s answer to l’Alpe d’Huez’s 21 switch-backs.

Here’s a superb video from the Lost Sheep Triathlon Kenmare 2014 which showcases the sheer endurance required for this truly unique event:

Continuing back down to the Ring of Beara, through the small town of Adrigole, from here you continue on into  Glengarriff. On this stretch of road you will be treated to stunning views over Bantry Bay with Sheeps Head, Whiddy Island in the background.

You now face the Caha Pass which will take you from Glengarriff back to Kenmare over the Caha Mountains.

This time at the summit the border from Cork into Kerry is marked by a dark tunnel (don’t be scared!) some 150 meters long which takes you straight through the side of Baurearagh Mountain.With just over 60km of the cycle completed at this point another spectacular 6km descent awaits down into the village of Bonane.

This town gets its name from Fionn Mac Cumhall, the legendary leader of the Fianna who had house here some 6,000 years ago (Both-Fhionáin or Fionn’s house, now anglicised to Bonane).

The section of road here has been poor in recent years but this year there are plans afoot by Kerry county council to have it resurfaced before the start of the race. From here it is a simple 14km mainly downhill TT back to T2.

The bike course is 10km short of a ‘normal’ half iron event but ask anyone who has done it if they wanted any more!

For further information on The Lost Sheep Triathlon Kenmare 2015 – visit the website of Triathlon Ireland.

Of course, if all of this sounds far too energetic & too much hard work – why not kick back & view the beauty of the Beara Peninsula and some elements of the Lost Sheep Triathlon route with this relaxing video clip:

So whether you’re planning on taking part in the Lost Sheep Triathlon or will merely be cheering on the participants, we’ll be ready to welcome all those tired limbs here at No. 35 Kenmare Restaurant with a warm welcome & a fine selection of cuisine that will have all concerned fully revitalized and rejuvenated!

And if you are staying overnight in Kenmare, don’t forget to check out our sister property – Brook Lane Hotel Kenmare.

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August Events in Kerry Feature – Daniel O’Connell Summer School

The county of Kerry is steeped in heritage and history and has produced some of the most defining figures in Irish history. One such figure is “The Great Emancipator”, “The Liberator”, the one and only Daniel O’Connell who’s life and legacy is celebrated the world over.

And it is with this purpose that the Daniel O’Connell Summer School is organised on an annual basis in his homeland of Derrynane, Caherdaniel and Cahersiveen in South Kerry. A mix of academics, Irish history enthusiasts and the general public now flock to this most picturesque part of the world to partake in both exploration and celebration of O’Connell’s life.

Daniel O'Connell Summer School

The overall purpose of the school is to examine aspects of the historical career of Daniel O’ Connell as well as to consider the challenges which they pose for the direction of modern Ireland.


Date: 28 August 2015 To 29 August 2015

Location: Derrynane House, Caherdaniel and Cahersiveen Library, Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry


This event is well worth attending as it combines all elements of the historical significance of O’Connell’s life but also takes place in two very important locations that remained core to his heritage and indeed his inspiration.

Cahersiveen is the birthplace of the great man and it is here in the town’s library that the proceedings for the event get under way on Friday 28th August, 2015 at 09.30am with events then running through the day.

Derrynane House, home of Daniel O’Connell featured on RTE TV:

On Saturday 29th August, 2015 all participants will make their way to the historic and stunningly beautiful grounds of Derrynane House just outside the equally picturesque village of Caherdaniel – it was in Derrynane House that O’Connell lived having inherited it from his uncle.


A whole host of events and talks will take place throughout the day and further information on the entire programme festival can be found at:

Derrynane, Caherdaniel and Cahersiveen are located west/south-west of Kenmare and are well worth visiting in their own right. The drive from Kenmare to Caherdaniel along the N70 route is one of the most scenic drives in all of Ireland which has numerous viewing spots, attractions , pubs and restaurants on Kerry’s famous Ring of Kerry touring route.

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Is Kenmare the top tourist town of Kerry?

This is an age-old debate and we’re obviously biased here at No. 35 Restaurant but we’ve always believed that Kenmare is in fact the top tourist town in Co. Kerry despite what the neighbours in Killarney, Tralee and Dingle say!

And some video evidence has been unearthed from YouTube in which renowned tourism expert Rick Steves states why he likes Kenmare the best of all of the towns in Co. Kerry:

The eternal beauty of the Irish landscape is most breath-taking with a sweep around the Ring of Kerry. And a great jumping-off point for this tour is Kenmare, with its cozy feel and close proximity to the peninsula. “

…before then taking us on a whistle-stop tour of the county which showcases the sheer beauty of all of Kerry!

So what do you think? Yep, we know that you already think Kenmare is best town in all of Co. Kerry & let’s face it, the best in all of Ireland too!

For family celebrations, birthdays or anniversary celebrations view our hugely popular group menu at No. 35 Kenmare Restaurant


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Kenmare Golf Club Sisters Classic 11th & 12th July 2015

Kenmare Golf Club Sisters Classic 11th & 12th July 2015 promises to be great day out in the spectacular surroundings of Kenmare Golf Club:


For further information please contact

For dinner reservations afterwards at No 35 Restaurant Kenmare  please visit our website at & analyse where your golf game went right or went wrong with award-winning cuisine & great selection of both craft beers and wines.

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Irish Dance Show Kenmare

Casey’s restaurant at the Brook Lane Hotel (our sister property) in association with the Bernie O’ Sullivan school of dance are pleased to announce our new show every Monday and Wednesday.

All our dancers are champions with an array of European and World championship titles under their belt.

Please book your table for dinner and enjoy a great evening’s entertainment.

No cover charge just have dinner with us and we will entertain you –


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Killarney’s July Racing Festival

Killarney’s July Racing Festival is the centre piece of Killarney’s Racing Calendar and has a mix of both national hunt and flat racing. The Festival kicks off on Monday 13th of July for four days. Monday to Wednesday are evening meetings and Thursday is an afternoon meeting and features the prestigious Queen of Fashion Ladies Day.
Family Evening gets the Festival started on Monday; the dedicated Kids zone has lots on offer for children of all ages, including bouncy castles, stilt walkers magic and puppet shows.


Here’s a little taster of the what awaits you at Killarney Races:


Tuesday & Wednesday evenings feature great Racing with first race on both evenings off at 5.30p.m. approx..
Killarney’s Ladies Day is the highlight of the July Festival, and is one of the most prestigious Ladies Day on the Racing Calendar. The first race on Thursday card is off at approx.. 2pm however early attendance is advisable given the popularity of the day.




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