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The Mission Sculpture in Killarney, County Kerry, is a slate sculpture to commemorate the lives of those selfless Killarney people who served as missionaries around the world.

Across the road from the Killarney National Park lies a small, secluded oasis in the centre of Killarney Town. Here you will find a small fern garden with some mature trees surrounding a slate circle.

The slate sculpture at the centre of the garden was made by John Crowley, and it is composed of slate stones in a circular design. The circle is representative of the world and each slate within it represents the individual steps taken by each person along their missionary journey.

The garden was created in memory of all the Christian missionaries from Killarney who travelled the world sharing their Christian beliefs and assisting those in need. Those remembered include Fr. Donal O’Sullivan, who died at the Battle of the Somme in World War I and Monsignor Hugh O’Flaherty, who saved thousands from persecution during World War II. Each missionary has their name on individual plaques throughout the space.

This small space is easily missed but provides a cool oasis and quiet place of contemplation.

Tips from locals

Stroll across the road to the entrance of Killarney National Park and visit the Killarney House and Gardens.

Dog friendly
Family friendly
Paid car parking
Free to visit
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Contact details
Mission Road, Monearmore,Killarney,Kerry,Republic of Ireland
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