Things to know

About Sneem

  • In March 1978 Sneem was the venue for the state funeral for former President Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh who resided in the area prior to his death.
  • Former French President Charles de Gaulle visited here on numerous occasions and there is a sculpture commemorating this in the village.
  • The legendary Casey family of rowers and wrestlers were all from Sneem; the most famous was Steve ‘Crusher’ Casey who emigrated to America in 1936. He was both NWA and AWA heavyweight wrestling champion of the world a total of five separate times between 1938 and 1947. On one occasion he held the title for just a few weeks before being defeated. In 1982 he received the Irish Hall Of Fame Award, presented by Olympic gold medallist Ronnie Delany. There is a statue commemorating him in the village.
  • In 2000, a time capsule was buried in the centre of the town. It will be opened in 2100.

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