Sliabh Luachra

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Sliabh Luachra () is a region in Munster, Ireland, located around the River Blackwater, on the County Cork/County Kerry/County Limerick borderland.

Music and literature

This region has a unique musical style which makes heavy use of the polka and the slide. Indeed, most of the polkas and slides in Irish traditional music derive from this region.

Musicians from the area include Denis Murphy, Julia Clifford, Paddy Cronin, Padraig O'Keeffe, Johnny O'Leary, Jackie Daly, Con Curtin and Donal Murphy .

Two of Kerry's best known Gaelic poets, Aogán Ó Rathaille and Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin, are also from the area.


St Moling was born in Sliabh Luachra in 614 AD.


In 1896, Gneeveeguilla was the scene of the devastating moving bog, a landslide which wiped out an entire family as they slept.

The first Auxiliary Division fatality was killed in Rathmore on 11th July 1920.

The Headford Ambush took place at Barraduff in 1921. 32 IRA volunteers ambushed a train carrying British soldiers. A total of 16 people died including 10 British soldiers, 2 IRA volunteers and 4 civilians.


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