Built in the mid 1800’s, the former Kenmare Butter Market was converted to a dance hall in
the 1960’s. Steeped in history and located in the centre of Kenmare town (Co Kerry) and on
both the Iveragh and Beara peninsulas on the Wild Atlantic Way, this venue is a perfect arts
The building was originally purchased to house a whiskey distillery as part of a larger idea to reimagine the whisky distilling of Islay that will expand across several new distilleries in other historic spaces including Killarney and on the Iveragh Peninsula. The Kenmare Butter Market is one of those buildings.
Phase 1 will see the building used as it is now, an industrial urban space. In Phase 2, architectural work will commence along with the addition of the new distillery. The space is also large enough to accommodate large artworks. An apartment and studio for resident artists may also form part of the design brief and Grafton Architects will be the design leads on the project.