Charlie Chaplin spent over a decade of summer holidays with his brewed of seven children on the shores of Waterville, Co Kerry, Ireland at the Butler Hotel and eventually bought property there. Mr. Chaplin at 54 years was wed to Oona O’Neill, who at 18 years of age was the daughter of famous American playwright Eugene O’Neill.
Waterville is historically known as An Coireán, meaning “the crescent” in Irish, is a village in County Kerry, Ireland, on the Iveragh peninsula. The town is nestled between Balinskelligs Bay & Lough Currane. It is surrounded by mountains and lakeland with the added advantage of having the sea at its doorstep.
Charlie frequently visited Waterville village, eventually keeping several homes in the vicinity. His family still vacation here. The local community erected a statue of Charlie in 1998 and since that time it has become one of the most visited statues in Ireland.
Annual Film Festival
The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival honors the pioneering spirit of a great film maker.
Held annually in the beautiful little village of Waterville on the Ring of Kerry in the South West of Ireland, the festival includes a hugely entertaining range of events and screenings, sheltered only meters from the wild Atlantic Ocean.
The Festival events include both film screenings and cultural activities in the spirit of Charlie Chaplin. Included, will be a Vintage Car Rally, Circus Acts and much more for the whole family to enjoy. Accommodation can be arranged at one of the many Hotels, Guest Houses, B&Bs and Budget Hostels.
Tickets to the events will be available at a time nearer to the Festival. Sign up to our mailing list to receive more information and regular updates.
We’d like to point out that the Festival is organized by a fantastic team of volunteers who give their time generously and freely to bring the Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival to the world. They are all looking forward to meeting you in the Village of Waterville on The Ring of Kerry soon.