Living in Sneem

Sneem is a charming and beautifully maintained village with brightly painted buildings, town squares and commissioned art works. The Ring of Kerry and Wild Atlantic Way both pass through the village as they wind their way between Kenmare Bay and the mountains of the Macgillicuddy Reeks. With an exceptionally low crime rate and safe environment, you can relax in the knowledge that your children have a safe place to play outside. Read more…



Rental & purchased properties cost a fraction of what you would pay in the city. The rental for a 3-4 bedroom house with garden is €500-€700 per month on average compared to €1,700 - €3,000 in Dublin and €1,400 - €1500 in Cork city for similar, if typically smaller, houses.

For some samples of typical homes available locally, please see our gallery. These properties are all in the €500 - €700 per month range. From an old farmhouse needing renovation to more modern properties, our local people on the ground can introduce you to the appropriate people to best meet your needs whether you wish to rent or buy. All you have to do is contact us!

Schools and Crèche

The primary school in the village - St Michael's National School - has a pupil-teacher ratio of 15:1 (60% of national average), and Tahilla National School in the neighbouring village is similar. This means there’s more focus on your child’s development. Both schools are regularly in the top-tier in Sten (Standardised Testing) Scores.

Second-level education in provided in Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine in the nearby town of Kenmare. A school bus brings students from Sneem and the surrounding area throughout the school year

Sneem Community Crèche is open throughout the year for younger children from 6 months old. With free ECCE childcare, additional hours at €5ph and a homework class with collection and return at €3 per hour you will find great value versus city costs.



Outdoor Activities

Situated between the mountains and the sea, there are plenty of outdoor activities available in and around Sneem including:

  • Hill-walking

  • Fishing

  • Sailing

  • Kayaking

  • Rowing

  • Scouts

  • GAA

  • Soccer

  • Cycling

  • Golf

  • Couch to 5K

Indoor Activities

If you prefer to stay indoors you will still be spoilt for choice with activities including:

  • Taekwando

  • Indoor bowls

  • Yoga

  • Drama Group

  • Writers’ group

  • Pilates

  • Gym

Sneem Rowing Club Gym

Sneem Rowing Club Gym

Riney’s Bar

Riney’s Bar


The village is a bustling tourist destination in the summer months, meaning residents benefit all year round from 

  • 6 pubs

  • 2 hotels

  • Several cafés and restaurants

For more details on any of the above activities please click here.

Locals keep abreast of news and events via Sneem Community Noticeboard.