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On the totem trail .. a stroll around Kenmare, Co.Kerry.

Kenmare. A great example of an Irish 'totem town'.
That is, it is 'classicially' Irish - but not truly representative of Irish towns at all. It is a totem of what we imagine Irish towns to be.
Its problem is that it is simply too nice & too tidy. Let's be honest - Irish towns are generally pretty ramshackle.
While 'totem towns' like Kenmare (or Killarney, Kinsale, Dingle or Westport) are nice to have - they are misleading.
Some better examples of a typical Irish town would probably be Edenderry, Tuam, Tullamore or Swords. Sure, they have their good points - but would you book a hotel to spend a weekend there?

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