Tralee
Overview
Tralee is the county town
County town
A county town is a county's administrative centre in the United Kingdom or Ireland. County towns are usually the location of administrative or judicial functions, or established over time as the de facto main town of a county. The concept of a county town eventually became detached from its...

 of County Kerry
County Kerry
Kerry means the "people of Ciar" which was the name of the pre-Gaelic tribe who lived in part of the present county. The legendary founder of the tribe was Ciar, son of Fergus mac Róich. In Old Irish "Ciar" meant black or dark brown, and the word continues in use in modern Irish as an adjective...

, in the south-west of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Ireland , described as the Republic of Ireland , is a sovereign state in Europe occupying approximately five-sixths of the island of the same name. Its capital is Dublin. Ireland, which had a population of 4.58 million in 2011, is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy,...

. The town is situated on the northern side of the neck of the Dingle Peninsula
Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula is the northernmost of the major peninsulae in County Kerry. Its ends beyond the town of Dingle at Dunmore Head, the westernmost point of Ireland.-Name:...

, and is the largest town in County Kerry. The town's population including suburbs was 22,744 in the 2006 census.
Situated at the confluence of some small rivers and adjacent to marshy ground at the head of Tralee Bay
Tralee Bay
Tralee Bay is located in on the west coast of County Kerry, Ireland. It is situated between Kerry Head on the north side and the Maharees on the west and extends eastwards as far as the bridge at Blennerville. Several small rivers feed into the bay through the town of Tralee...

, Tralee is located at the base of a very ancient roadway that heads south over the Slieve Mish Mountains
Slieve Mish Mountains
The Slieve Mish Mountains are a mountain range found in County Kerry in the Ireland. Overlooking Tralee Bay on the northern side and Dingle Bay on the south, they extend for approximately 19 km from east to west...

.
Encyclopedia
Tralee is the county town
County town
A county town is a county's administrative centre in the United Kingdom or Ireland. County towns are usually the location of administrative or judicial functions, or established over time as the de facto main town of a county. The concept of a county town eventually became detached from its...

 of County Kerry
County Kerry
Kerry means the "people of Ciar" which was the name of the pre-Gaelic tribe who lived in part of the present county. The legendary founder of the tribe was Ciar, son of Fergus mac Róich. In Old Irish "Ciar" meant black or dark brown, and the word continues in use in modern Irish as an adjective...

, in the south-west of Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Ireland , described as the Republic of Ireland , is a sovereign state in Europe occupying approximately five-sixths of the island of the same name. Its capital is Dublin. Ireland, which had a population of 4.58 million in 2011, is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy,...

. The town is situated on the northern side of the neck of the Dingle Peninsula
Dingle Peninsula
The Dingle Peninsula is the northernmost of the major peninsulae in County Kerry. Its ends beyond the town of Dingle at Dunmore Head, the westernmost point of Ireland.-Name:...

, and is the largest town in County Kerry. The town's population including suburbs was 22,744 in the 2006 census.

History

Situated at the confluence of some small rivers and adjacent to marshy ground at the head of Tralee Bay
Tralee Bay
Tralee Bay is located in on the west coast of County Kerry, Ireland. It is situated between Kerry Head on the north side and the Maharees on the west and extends eastwards as far as the bridge at Blennerville. Several small rivers feed into the bay through the town of Tralee...

, Tralee is located at the base of a very ancient roadway that heads south over the Slieve Mish Mountains
Slieve Mish Mountains
The Slieve Mish Mountains are a mountain range found in County Kerry in the Ireland. Overlooking Tralee Bay on the northern side and Dingle Bay on the south, they extend for approximately 19 km from east to west...

. On this old track is located a large boulder sometimes called Scotia's Grave
Scotia's Grave
Scotia's Grave or Scota's grave is an area just south of Tralee in County Kerry beside the Finglas rivulet in an area known as Trughanacmy. It marks what is reputed to be the grave of Scota, a daughter of an Egyptian Pharaoh known as Friel The traditional name of the location is Glenn Scoithin,...

, reputedly the burial place of an Egyptian Pharaoh's daughter. The Norman town was founded in the 13th century by Anglo-Normans and was a stronghold of the Earls of Desmond
Earl of Desmond
The title of Earl of Desmond has been held historically by lords in Ireland, first as a title outside of the peerage system and later as part of the Peerage of Ireland....

. A medieval castle and Dominican order
Dominican Order
The Order of Preachers , after the 15th century more commonly known as the Dominican Order or Dominicans, is a Catholic religious order founded by Saint Dominic and approved by Pope Honorius III on 22 December 1216 in France...

 Friary were located in the town. The mediaeval town was burnt in 1580 in retribution for the Desmond Rebellions
Desmond Rebellions
The Desmond Rebellions occurred in 1569-1573 and 1579-1583 in the Irish province of Munster.They were rebellions by the Earl of Desmond – head of the FitzGerald dynasty in Munster – and his followers, the Geraldines and their allies against the threat of the extension of Elizabethan English...

 against Elizabeth I
Elizabeth I of England
Elizabeth I was queen regnant of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death. Sometimes called The Virgin Queen, Gloriana, or Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth was the fifth and last monarch of the Tudor dynasty...

. Tralee was granted to Edward Denny
Sir Edward Denny, Knight Banneret of Bishops Stortford
Sir Edward Denny , Knight Banneret of Bishop's Stortford, was a soldier, privateer and adventurer in the reign of Elizabeth I.-Early life:...

 by Elizabeth I in 1587 and recognised by royal charter
Royal Charter
A royal charter is a formal document issued by a monarch as letters patent, granting a right or power to an individual or a body corporate. They were, and are still, used to establish significant organizations such as cities or universities. Charters should be distinguished from warrants and...

 in 1613.
Sir Edward was the first of the Dennys to settle in Tralee and we learn from a recent history of Tralee by Gerald O'Carroll that only in 1627 did the Dennys actually occupy the castle of the earls of Desmond. Sir Edward's son was Arthur Denny, in whose lifetime the town's charter was granted by King James, containing the right to elect two members of parliament. The third settler, another Sir Edward, married Ruth Roper, whose father Thomas Roper was the lease holder of the Herbert estate centred on Castleisland. This Sir Edward was a royalist. He fought for the King in the wars of 1641. He died in 1646, before the triumph of Cromwell over affairs in England and Ireland. He granted "the circuit of the Abbey" to the corporation set up under the charter, in return for the fees of the town clerk. His son Arthur married Ellen Barry, granddaughter of Richard Boyle who during his life held many land titles in West Kerry and who also claimed property in Tralee.

Sir Edward Denny, 4th Baronet
Sir Edward Denny, 4th Baronet
Sir Edward Denny, 4th Baronet was an Irish baronet and composer.-Life:He was the eldest son of Sir Edward Denny, 3rd Baronet and Elizabeth Day, daughter of the Hon. Robert Day. In 1827, Denny became High Sheriff of Kerry. In 1831, he succeeded his father as baronet and inherited a substantial...

 was a notable landlord in his day: especially during the time of the Great Famine when instead of increasing his rents as so many landlords did at that time he maintained rents to suit his tenants. He was a notable Plymouth Brother
Plymouth Brethren
The Plymouth Brethren is a conservative, Evangelical Christian movement, whose history can be traced to Dublin, Ireland, in the late 1820s. Although the group is notable for not taking any official "church name" to itself, and not having an official clergy or liturgy, the title "The Brethren," is...

.

A monument commemorating the 1798 rebellion
Irish Rebellion of 1798
The Irish Rebellion of 1798 , also known as the United Irishmen Rebellion , was an uprising in 1798, lasting several months, against British rule in Ireland...

 – a statue of a Pikeman by Albert Power – stands in Denny Street.

The modern layout of Tralee was created in the 19th century. Denny Street, a wide Georgian
Georgian architecture
Georgian architecture is the name given in most English-speaking countries to the set of architectural styles current between 1720 and 1840. It is eponymous for the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover—George I of Great Britain, George II of Great Britain, George III of the United...

 street was completed in 1826 on the site of the old castle.

Tralee Courthouse was designed by Sir Richard Morrison and built in 1835. It has a monument of two cannons commemorating those Kerrymen who died in the Crimean War
Crimean War
The Crimean War was a conflict fought between the Russian Empire and an alliance of the French Empire, the British Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the Kingdom of Sardinia. The war was part of a long-running contest between the major European powers for influence over territories of the declining...

 (1854–56) and the Indian Rebellion
Indian Rebellion of 1857
The Indian Rebellion of 1857 began as a mutiny of sepoys of the British East India Company's army on 10 May 1857, in the town of Meerut, and soon escalated into other mutinies and civilian rebellions largely in the upper Gangetic plain and central India, with the major hostilities confined to...

 (1857).

The Ashe Memorial Hall sits at one end of Denny Street, dedicated to the memory of Thomas Ashe
Thomas Ashe
Thomas Patrick Ashe born in Lispole, County Kerry, Ireland, was a member of the Gaelic League, the Irish Republican Brotherhood and a founding member of the Irish Volunteers...

 - an Irish Volunteers
Irish Volunteers
The Irish Volunteers was a military organisation established in 1913 by Irish nationalists. It was ostensibly formed in response to the formation of the Ulster Volunteers in 1912, and its declared primary aim was "to secure and maintain the rights and liberties common to the whole people of Ireland"...

 officer in the Easter Rising
Easter Rising
The Easter Rising was an insurrection staged in Ireland during Easter Week, 1916. The Rising was mounted by Irish republicans with the aims of ending British rule in Ireland and establishing the Irish Republic at a time when the British Empire was heavily engaged in the First World War...

 of 1916. The building is built of local sandstone and houses the Kerry County Museum
Kerry County Museum
Kerry County Museum is a museum located in Tralee, County Kerry in Ireland. The museum is based in the Ashe Memorial Hall in the centre of Tralee. The aim of the museum is to collect, record, preserve and display the material heritage of Co. Kerry...

 and a reconstruction of early Tralee.

The Dominican church of the Holy Cross was designed by the English Gothic Revival architect Augustus Pugin
Augustus Pugin
Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin was an English architect, designer, and theorist of design, now best remembered for his work in the Gothic Revival style, particularly churches and the Palace of Westminster. Pugin was the father of E. W...

 in the 19th century

Tralee saw much violence during the Irish War of Independence
Irish War of Independence
The Irish War of Independence , Anglo-Irish War, Black and Tan War, or Tan War was a guerrilla war mounted by the Irish Republican Army against the British government and its forces in Ireland. It began in January 1919, following the Irish Republic's declaration of independence. Both sides agreed...

 and Irish Civil War
Irish Civil War
The Irish Civil War was a conflict that accompanied the establishment of the Irish Free State as an entity independent from the United Kingdom within the British Empire....

 in 1919–1923. In November 1920, the Black and Tans
Black and Tans
The Black and Tans was one of two newly recruited bodies, composed largely of British World War I veterans, employed by the Royal Irish Constabulary as Temporary Constables from 1920 to 1921 to suppress revolution in Ireland...

 besieged Tralee in revenge for the IRA abduction and killing of two Royal Irish Constabulary
Royal Irish Constabulary
The armed Royal Irish Constabulary was Ireland's major police force for most of the nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. A separate civic police force, the unarmed Dublin Metropolitan Police controlled the capital, and the cities of Derry and Belfast, originally with their own police...

 (RIC) men. The Tans closed all the businesses in the town and did not let any food in for a week. In addition they burned several houses and all businesses connected with Irish Republican Army
Irish Republican Army
The Irish Republican Army was an Irish republican revolutionary military organisation. It was descended from the Irish Volunteers, an organisation established on 25 November 1913 that staged the Easter Rising in April 1916...

 (IRA) activists. In the course of the week, they shot dead three local people. The incident caused major international outcry when reported by the press, who wrote that near famine conditions were prevailing in Tralee by the end of the week.

In August 1922, during the Irish Civil War, Irish Free State
Irish Free State
The Irish Free State was the state established as a Dominion on 6 December 1922 under the Anglo-Irish Treaty, signed by the British government and Irish representatives exactly twelve months beforehand...

 troops landed at nearby Fenit
Fenit
Fenit is a small village in County Kerry, Ireland, located on north side of Tralee Bay about west of Tralee town, just south of the Shannon Estuary. The bay is enclosed from the Atlantic by the Maharee spit which extends northwards from the Dingle peninsula...

 and then took Tralee from its Anti-Treaty garrison. Nine pro-Treaty and three anti-Treaty soldiers were killed in fighting in the town before the anti-Treaty forces withdrew. However the republicans continued a guerrilla campaign in the surrounding area. In March 1923 an infamous atrocity was carried out by Free State troops near Tralee when nine anti-treaty IRA prisoners were taken from the prison in Tralee and blown up with a land mine at nearby Ballyseedy
Ballyseedy
Ballyseedy is a townland in County Kerry, Ireland. It was historically situated in the parish of Ballyseedy, within the barony of Trughanacmy. The townland contains a number of notable landmarks, including Ballyseedy Wood, a bridge over the Ballycarty River and a ruined Protestant church...

.

Places of interest

Tralee is a tourism destination and has seen some €55 million of tourism investment over the past several years. Tralee is also famous for the Rose of Tralee International Festival
Rose of Tralee (festival)
The Rose of Tralee festival is an international competition which is celebrated among Irish communities all over the world. The festival takes its inspiration from a nineteenth century ballad of the same name about a woman called Mary, who because of her beauty was called The Rose of Tralee. The...

 which is held annually in August.

The town has developed a range of all weather visitor attractions.
  • Kerry County Museum
    Kerry County Museum
    Kerry County Museum is a museum located in Tralee, County Kerry in Ireland. The museum is based in the Ashe Memorial Hall in the centre of Tralee. The aim of the museum is to collect, record, preserve and display the material heritage of Co. Kerry...

    : incorporating the theme park 'Kerry: The Kingdom' and an exhibit which depicts life in medieval Geraldine Tralee.
  • Siamsa Tíre: Ireland's National Folk Theatre, offering traditional music and plays in Irish
    Irish language
    Irish , also known as Irish Gaelic, is a Goidelic language of the Indo-European language family, originating in Ireland and historically spoken by the Irish people. Irish is now spoken as a first language by a minority of Irish people, as well as being a second language of a larger proportion of...

    .
  • Blennerville Windmill
    Blennerville Windmill
    Blennerville Windmill is a tower mill in Blennerville, Co. Kerry. It was built by Sir Rowland Blennerhassett in 1800 but by 1846 had fallen into ruins. In 1981 the Tralee Urban Council purchased the windmill and has developed it as a tourist attraction....

    : located about 2 km outside the town, Ireland's largest functioning windmill.
  • Tralee Aquadome: A large indoor water leisure facility with a mini-golf course.

Archaeological sites

  • Casement's Fort: an ancient Ring Fort where Roger Casement
    Roger Casement
    Roger David Casement —Sir Roger Casement CMG between 1911 and shortly before his execution for treason, when he was stripped of his British honours—was an Irish patriot, poet, revolutionary, and nationalist....

     was hiding when arrested.
  • Sheela na Gig
    Sheela Na Gig
    Sheela na gigs are figurative carvings of naked women displaying an exaggerated vulva. They are found on churches, castles and other buildings, particularly in Ireland and Britain, sometimes together with male figures. One of the best examples may be found in the Round Tower at Rattoo, in County...

    : now located in the Christian Round Tower at Rattoo, a few km north of Tralee.
  • Monument to Saint Brendan
    Brendan
    Saint Brendan of Clonfert or Bréanainn of Clonfert called "the Navigator", "the Voyager", or "the Bold" is one of the early Irish monastic saints. He is chiefly renowned for his legendary quest to the "Isle of the Blessed," also called St. Brendan's Island. The Voyage of St...

     the Navigator at Fenit: with reproductions of ancient Irish structures.
  • Caherconree
    Caherconree
    Caherconree is a mountain peak on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland. At 835 m , it is the second-highest peak of the Slieve Mish Mountains and the 26th highest in Ireland.-Geography:...

    : Iron Age Fort overlooking Tralee Bay
    Tralee Bay
    Tralee Bay is located in on the west coast of County Kerry, Ireland. It is situated between Kerry Head on the north side and the Maharees on the west and extends eastwards as far as the bridge at Blennerville. Several small rivers feed into the bay through the town of Tralee...



In addition to the above, a very considerable number of archaeological sites around Tralee and throughout the County of Kerry, especially ring-forts, are listed for preservation in the Kerry County Development Plan 2009–15.

Media

  • The town has two local newspapers, The Kerryman
    Kerryman
    The Kerryman is a weekly local newspaper published in County Kerry in Ireland by Independent News & Media. The newspaper was founded in 1904....

    and The Kerry's Eye
    Kerry's Eye
    Kerry's Eye is a weekly local newspaper in County Kerry, Ireland. It is published every Thursday, with a circulation of approximately 25,000.Husband and wife, Pádraig Kennelly and Joan Kennelly, founded the newspaper in the basement on their home on Ashe Street in Tralee in 1974. Kerry's Eye was...

    , published in Tralee.
  • The town has a commercial radio station, Radio Kerry
    Radio Kerry
    Radio Kerry is a full service, licensed radio station that operates from the franchise area of County Kerry in Southwest Ireland.Radio Kerry was established in 1989 and began broadcasting on July 14 1990. The station headquarters are in Tralee, the principal town of County Kerry, with remote...

    , which commenced operations in 1990.

Road

Tralee is served by National Primary and Secondary roads as well as local routes.
National primary routes:
  • N21 east/north-east to Limerick
    Limerick
    Limerick is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland, and the principal city of County Limerick and Ireland's Mid-West Region. It is the fifth most populous city in all of Ireland. When taking the extra-municipal suburbs into account, Limerick is the third largest conurbation in the...

    , connecting to N22 south-east to Killarney
    Killarney
    Killarney is a town in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. The town is located north of the MacGillicuddy Reeks, on the northeastern shore of the Lough Lein/Leane which are part of Killarney National Park. The town and its surrounding region are home to St...

    , Cork
    Cork (city)
    Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and the island of Ireland's third most populous city. It is the principal city and administrative centre of County Cork and the largest city in the province of Munster. Cork has a population of 119,418, while the addition of the suburban...

    .

National secondary routes:
  • N69
    N69 road (Ireland)
    The N69 road is a national secondary road in Ireland. It runs from Limerick to Tralee and passes though Mungret, Clarina, Kildimo, Askeaton , Foynes, Loughill, Glin, Tarbert and Listowel.-References:* – Department of Transport...

     to Listowel, Foynes
    Foynes
    Foynes is a village and major port in County Limerick in the midwest of Ireland, located at the edge of hilly land on the southern bank of the Shannon Estuary. The population of the town was 606 as of the 2006 census.-Foynes's role in aviation:...

     and Limerick
    Limerick
    Limerick is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland, and the principal city of County Limerick and Ireland's Mid-West Region. It is the fifth most populous city in all of Ireland. When taking the extra-municipal suburbs into account, Limerick is the third largest conurbation in the...

  • N70
    N70 road (Ireland)
    The N70 road is a national secondary road in Ireland. It comprises most of the Ring of Kerry.-Route: – Sneem – Castlecove – Caherdaniel – Waterville – Cahersiveen – Killorglin – – Milltown – Castlemaine – – Tralee.-See also:*Roads...

     to Killorglin
    Killorglin
    Killorglin is a town in County Kerry, Ireland. It is located on the river Laune, which has a rowing club and a new boathouse. The population of Killorglin is 4,150 although this expands considerably during Puck Fair due to visitors and returning emigrants.Killorglin is a major activity centre...

    , Ring of Kerry
    Ring of Kerry
    The Ring of Kerry is a tourist trail in County Kerry, south-western Ireland. The route covers the 179 km circular road , starting from Killarney, heading around the Iveragh Peninsula and passing through Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen and Killorglin...

     on Iveragh Peninsula
    Iveragh Peninsula
    The Iveragh Peninsula is located in County Kerry in Ireland. It is the largest peninsula in southwestern Ireland. A mountain range, the Macgillycuddy's Reeks, lies in the centre of the peninsula...

    , Kenmare
    Kenmare
    Kenmare is a small town in the south of County Kerry, Ireland. The name Kenmare is the anglicised form of Ceann Mara meaning "head of the sea", referring to the head of Kenmare Bay.-Location:...

  • N86
    N86 road (Ireland)
    The N86 road is a national secondary road in County Kerry, Ireland. It runs from Tralee to Dingle and passes though Annascaul and Lispole en route. It is in length. It has, in recent years, seen significant improvements to certain stretches of road....

     to Dingle
    Dingle
    Dingle is a town in County Kerry, Ireland. The only town on the Dingle Peninsula, it sits on the Atlantic coast, about 49 kilometres southwest of Tralee and 71 kilometres northwest of Killarney....


Regional roads:
  • R556
    R556 road
    The R556 road is a regional road in Ireland, linking Tralee and Ballyduff in County Kerry.-Route:It starts in the centre of Tralee at Pembroke Street and continues via Abbeydorney and Ballinclogher Cross to Ballyduff.-References:* – Department of Transport...

     (north) to Ballybunion
    Ballybunion
    Ballybunion or Ballybunnion is a coastal town and seaside resort in County Kerry, Ireland, from the town of Listowel. There are castle ruins near the town, although all that remains is a single wall, and two golf courses in the area including the famous Ballybunion Golf Club, a top class Links...

  • R558
    R558 road
    The R558 road is a regional road in Ireland, linking Tralee and Fenit in County Kerry.-Route:It starts in Tralee at its junction with the R551 at Mounthawk Cross at the boundary between County Kerry and Tralee town and continues via Clogherbrien, the Spa, Kilfernora and Fenit to Fenit...

     (west) to Fenit
    Fenit
    Fenit is a small village in County Kerry, Ireland, located on north side of Tralee Bay about west of Tralee town, just south of the Shannon Estuary. The bay is enclosed from the Atlantic by the Maharee spit which extends northwards from the Dingle peninsula...

     Harbour

Bus

The bus station in Tralee is a regional hub for Bus Éireann
Bus Éireann
Bus Éireann provides bus services in Ireland with the exception of those operated entirely within the Dublin Region, which are provided by Dublin Bus. Bus Éireann, established as a separate company in 1987, is a subsidiary of Córas Iompair Éireann. The logo of Bus Éireann incorporates a red Irish...

, who provide services to Dublin, Limerick
Limerick
Limerick is the third largest city in the Republic of Ireland, and the principal city of County Limerick and Ireland's Mid-West Region. It is the fifth most populous city in all of Ireland. When taking the extra-municipal suburbs into account, Limerick is the third largest conurbation in the...

, Galway
Galway
Galway or City of Galway is a city in County Galway, Republic of Ireland. It is the sixth largest and the fastest-growing city in Ireland. It is also the third largest city within the Republic and the only city in the Province of Connacht. Located on the west coast of Ireland, it sits on the...

, Cork
Cork (city)
Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and the island of Ireland's third most populous city. It is the principal city and administrative centre of County Cork and the largest city in the province of Munster. Cork has a population of 119,418, while the addition of the suburban...

, Killarney
Killarney
Killarney is a town in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. The town is located north of the MacGillicuddy Reeks, on the northeastern shore of the Lough Lein/Leane which are part of Killarney National Park. The town and its surrounding region are home to St...

 and Dingle
Dingle
Dingle is a town in County Kerry, Ireland. The only town on the Dingle Peninsula, it sits on the Atlantic coast, about 49 kilometres southwest of Tralee and 71 kilometres northwest of Killarney....

.

Rail

A train service to Killarney
Killarney
Killarney is a town in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. The town is located north of the MacGillicuddy Reeks, on the northeastern shore of the Lough Lein/Leane which are part of Killarney National Park. The town and its surrounding region are home to St...

, Cork
Cork (city)
Cork is the second largest city in the Republic of Ireland and the island of Ireland's third most populous city. It is the principal city and administrative centre of County Cork and the largest city in the province of Munster. Cork has a population of 119,418, while the addition of the suburban...

 and Dublin is operated by the national railway operator Iarnród Éireann
Iarnród Éireann
Iarnród Éireann is the national railway system operator of Ireland. Established on 2 February 1987, it is a subsidiary of Córas Iompair Éireann . It operates all internal intercity, commuter and freight railway services in the Republic of Ireland, and, jointly with Northern Ireland Railways, the...

. Tralee railway station
Tralee railway station
Tralee railway station serves the town of Tralee in County Kerry.To the casual observer, Tralee station rather resembles that at Killarney with the main station buildings lying south of the mainline, with a short overall roof covering part of the main platform and the run-round loop...

 was opened on 18 July 1859.

Air

Kerry Airport
Kerry Airport
-Ground transportation:Kerry Airport is approximately from both Cork and Limerick. Iarnród Éireann's Farranfore railway station is located to the south with services to Killarney, Tralee, Cork and Dublin....

, located in Farranfore
Farranfore
Farranfore is a village in County Kerry, Ireland. It lies on the N22 road approximately midway between Tralee and Killarney and on the railway line connecting those two towns....

, provides air services to Dublin
Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport, , is operated by the Dublin Airport Authority. Located in Collinstown, in the Fingal part of County Dublin, 18.4 million passengers passed through the airport in 2010, making it the busiest airport in the Republic of Ireland, followed by Cork and Shannon...

, London Luton
London Luton Airport
London Luton Airport is an international airport located east of the town centre in the Borough of Luton in Bedfordshire, England and is north of Central London. The airport is from Junction 10a of the M1 motorway...

, London Stansted
London Stansted Airport
-Cargo:-Statistics:-Infrastructure:-Terminal and satellite buildings:Stansted is the newest passenger airport of all the main London airports. The terminal is an oblong glass building, and is separated in to three areas: Check-in concourse, arrivals and departures...

, Frankfurt-Hahn
Frankfurt-Hahn Airport
-Cargo airlines:-Other facilities:AirIT Services AG, a subsidiary of Fraport, has its head office in Building 663 at Hahn Airport.-References:*Active Air Force Bases Within the United States of America on 17 September 1982 USAF Reference Series, Office of Air Force History, United States Air Force,...

 and more recently, Alicante
Alicante Airport
Alicante Airport , , originally named El Altet, is the sixth busiest airport in Spain, and the main airport for the Province of Alicante and the Region of Murcia. The airport is situated southwest of Alicante and east of Elche in the municipality of Elche on Mediterranean coast. Up to eighty...

, Faro
Faro Airport
-Incidents and accidents:*On 21 December 1992, Martinair Flight 495 skidded off the runway in bad weather at Faro Airport killing 54 passengers and two crew out of a total of 340 people on board....

, Weeze and Manchester.

Sea

The local port for Tralee is Fenit
Fenit
Fenit is a small village in County Kerry, Ireland, located on north side of Tralee Bay about west of Tralee town, just south of the Shannon Estuary. The bay is enclosed from the Atlantic by the Maharee spit which extends northwards from the Dingle peninsula...

, about 10 km west of the town on the north side of the estuary.

Catering for ships of up to 17,000 tonnes, the port is a picturesque mixed-use harbour with fishing boats and a thriving marina (136 berths).

Education

In common with all parts of Ireland, most schools at all levels in Tralee are managed and owned by the churches. Tralee Educate Together School is secular, and is neither owned nor managed by any church. At secondary level most schools are explicitly Roman Catholic in ethos, except Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí.

Primary:
  • CBS (Scoil na mBráithre), Clounalour (Roman Catholic)
  • Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, Rath Rónáin (Irish language - Roman Catholic)
  • Holy Family, Balloonagh (Roman Catholic)
  • Presentation Primary School (Sacred Heart), Castle Street (Roman Catholic)
  • St Ita's and St Joseph's, Balloonagh (Special Needs - Roman Catholic)
  • St John's, Ashe Street (Church of Ireland)
  • St John's, Balloonagh (Roman Catholic)
  • St Mary's, Moyderwell (Roman Catholic)
  • Tralee Educate Together, Killeen (Non-denominational)


Secondary:
  • Brookfield College, Oak Park (Non-denominational)
  • Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí, Tobar Mhaigh Dor (Irish language)
  • Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk
    Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk
    Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk is a Catholic school and has approximately 1,300 pupils and 105 teachers . It is the largest school in Kerry, and one of the largest secondary schools in Ireland. It The number of classes per year range between 7 and 10. It opened in 2001 by Minister For Education...

     (Roman Catholic)
  • Presentation Secondary School, Castle Street (Roman Catholic)
  • St Ita's and St Joseph's, Balloonagh (Special Needs - Roman Catholic)
  • St Mary's CBS (The Green)
    St Mary's CBS (The Green)
    St Mary's CBS is a Christian Brothers secondary school in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.The school has 653 students on roll.-Sport:The Green is renowned for its prowess in Gaelic football...

     (Roman Catholic)
  • Tralee Community College, Clash (Vocational)


Third Level:
  • Institute of Technology, Tralee
    Institute of Technology, Tralee
    Institute of Technology, Tralee is a third-level educational institution located in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland. It was established in 1977 as the Regional Technical College, Tralee.-General information:...


Sport

  • Na Gaeil GAA club is based in the Oakpark area of Tralee.
  • John Mitchels GAA
    Gaelic Athletic Association
    The Gaelic Athletic Association is an amateur Irish and international cultural and sporting organisation focused primarily on promoting Gaelic games, which include the traditional Irish sports of hurling, camogie, Gaelic football, handball and rounders...

     club is based in the Boherbee area of Tralee.
  • Kerins O'Rahilly's GAA club are based in the Strand Road area of the town.
  • Tralee Mitchels
    Tralee Mitchels
    Tralee Mitchels were a Gaelic Athletic Association club in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland before the formation of the three Tralee clubs namely John Mitchels, Austin Stacks and Kerins O'Rahilly's. They were one of the top teams in the county winning Football County Championships in 1896, 1897, 1902,...

     is a former GAA club.
  • Austin Stacks
    Austin Stacks
    Austin Stacks is a hurling and Gaelic football club based in Tralee in County Kerry, Ireland. It has more All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals and GAA All-Stars than any other GAA club in Ireland...

     GAA club is based at the top of the rock and is famous for players like Mikey Sheehy
    Mikey Sheehy
    Mikey Sheehy is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club Austin Stacks and was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1974 until 1987. Sheehy is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.-Club:Sheehy played his club football with the...

    , Ger Power
    Ger Power
    Ger Power is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club Austin Stack's and was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1973 until 1988. Power captained Kerry to the All-Ireland title in 1980.-Early life:Ger Power was born in Annacotty, County...

    , John O'Keeffe and Kieran Donaghy
    Kieran Donaghy
    Kieran Donaghy is an Irish Gaelic footballer who plays for Kerry. Donaghy has won three All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals, two Munster Championships and a National League title with the county. He has also been awarded two All Stars.He plays his club football for Austin Stacks in...

    .
  • Tralee Harriers Athletics Club
  • Tralee Triathlon Club was formed in 1999.
  • Tralee Dynamos is Tralee's most senior soccer club, playing in the Newstalk A Championship.
  • Park FC plays in the Kerry District and Schoolboy Leagues.
  • Tralee Rugby Football Club ground is in Ballyard.
  • Tralee Tennis Club is based on the Dan Spring Road.
  • County Badminton Club meet in the Presentation Secondary School Gym.
  • Tralee Greyhound Racing has a stadium on Brewery Road.
  • Kingdom Swimming Club are based at the Sport Complex in Tralee.
  • St. Brendan's Basketball Club play in the national leagues.
  • Tralee Bicycle Club was founded in 1992.
  • The Chain Gang Cycling Club is a Tralee based cycling club founded in 2008.
  • Tralee Golf Club
    Tralee Golf Club
    Tralee Golf Club is an 18 hole links golf course, at Barrow, near Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.- Overview of Tralee Golf Club :The records show that golf has been played in Tralee since 1896 in various locations such as Oakpark, Fenit, the site of the present day Austin Stack Park and most...

     is based in Barrow and the Arnold Palmer designed course is consistently voted one of the top links in the world.
  • Tralee Bay Sailing Club based in Fenit
    Fenit
    Fenit is a small village in County Kerry, Ireland, located on north side of Tralee Bay about west of Tralee town, just south of the Shannon Estuary. The bay is enclosed from the Atlantic by the Maharee spit which extends northwards from the Dingle peninsula...

    .
  • Tralee Rowing Club was founded in 2004 and is located near the centre of the town.
  • Tralee Bay Swimming Club based in Fenit

There is also a strong basketball tradition in the Tralee area with Tralee Tigers being the most well known although St. Brendan's have a bigger youth selection. Tigers play in the National League and Cup while St. Brendan's play in league 1.

Soccer teams other than Tralee Dynamos that play to a high standard include St Brendan's Park, Kingdom Boys and Tralee Celtic.

Notable people

Notable Tralee people include:
  • Brendan
    Brendan
    Saint Brendan of Clonfert or Bréanainn of Clonfert called "the Navigator", "the Voyager", or "the Bold" is one of the early Irish monastic saints. He is chiefly renowned for his legendary quest to the "Isle of the Blessed," also called St. Brendan's Island. The Voyage of St...

    , monastic saint and navigator
  • Joe Barrett
    Joe Barrett
    Joe Barrett was an Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club Austin Stack's and was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1923 until 1933. Barrett captained Kerry to the All-Ireland titles of 1929 and 1932.-Biography:Joe Barrett was born at 67 Rock Street,...

    , footballer
  • Daniel Bohane
    Daniel Bohane
    Daniel Bohane is an Irish Gaelic footballer.A Financial Advisor by profession, he plays with the Austin Stacks club of Tralee and is a member of the Kerry county squad...

    , footballer
  • Leonard Boyle
    Leonard Boyle
    Father Leonard Eugene Boyle was an Irish and Canadian scholar in medieval studies and palaeography and was the first Irish and North American Prefect of the Vatican Library in Rome from 1984 to 1997....

    , priest and scholar
  • Billy Dennehy
    Billy Dennehy
    Billy Dennehy is an Irish footballer, who currently plays for League of Ireland side, Shamrock Rovers. He is a left-sided midfielder, and the older brother of Barnet defender Darren Dennehy.-Playing career:...

    , soccer player
  • Kieran Donaghy
    Kieran Donaghy
    Kieran Donaghy is an Irish Gaelic footballer who plays for Kerry. Donaghy has won three All-Ireland Senior Football Championship medals, two Munster Championships and a National League title with the county. He has also been awarded two All Stars.He plays his club football for Austin Stacks in...

    , footballer
  • Michael Dwyer
    Michael Dwyer (journalist)
    Michael Dwyer was an Irish journalist and film critic who wrote for The Irish Times for more than 20 years...

    , journalist
  • Robert D. FitzGerald
    Robert D. Fitzgerald
    Robert David FitzGerald was an Irish-Australian surveyor, ornithologist, botanist and poet...

    , surveyor, botanist
  • Rea Garvey
    Rea Garvey
    Raymond Michael "Rea" Garvey is an Irish singer-songwriter, guitarist and frontman of the German rock/pop band Reamonn....

    , singer of Reamonn
    Reamonn
    Reamonn is a German rock and pop band. They have recorded six albums.-History:In 1997, Rea Garvey left his band The Reckless Pedestrians and home town of Tralee, Ireland to go to Germany with not a lot of money and a demo CD in his pocket...

  • Christie Hennessy
    Christie Hennessy
    Christie Hennessy was an Irish folk singer-songwriter.-Early life:...

    , singer/songwriter
  • Joan Kennelly
    Joan Kennelly
    Joan Kennelly was an Irish photographer, photojournalist and founder of the regional newspaper, Kerry's Eye.Kennelly and her husband, Pádraig Kennelly, took more than 500,000 photographs of daily life in County Kerry between 1953 and 1973. The collection has been digitized and published as the...

    , photographer and founder of Kerry's Eye
    Kerry's Eye
    Kerry's Eye is a weekly local newspaper in County Kerry, Ireland. It is published every Thursday, with a circulation of approximately 25,000.Husband and wife, Pádraig Kennelly and Joan Kennelly, founded the newspaper in the basement on their home on Ashe Street in Tralee in 1974. Kerry's Eye was...

  • Pádraig Kennelly
    Pádraig Kennelly
    Pádraig Kennelly was an Irish journalist, editor, photographer, cameraman and publisher, who co-founded and edited the Kerry's Eye newspaper....

    , founder and editor of Kerry's Eye
    Kerry's Eye
    Kerry's Eye is a weekly local newspaper in County Kerry, Ireland. It is published every Thursday, with a circulation of approximately 25,000.Husband and wife, Pádraig Kennelly and Joan Kennelly, founded the newspaper in the basement on their home on Ashe Street in Tralee in 1974. Kerry's Eye was...

  • Joe Keohane
    Joe Keohane (footballer)
    Joe Keohane was an Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club John Mitchels and was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1936 until 1949...

    , footballer
  • Gareth Mannix
    Gareth Mannix
    Gareth Mannix is an Irish record producer. He has worked on platinum albums by Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club, Damien Dempsey, Jack L and Juliet Turner. For six years consecutively a number of acts who have worked with Mannix have won Meteor Music Awards.His live recording credits include the...

    , sound engineer/producer
  • Maurice Gerard Moynihan
    Maurice Gerard Moynihan
    Maurice Gerard Moynihan was a senior Irish civil servant, co-drafter of the 1937 Constitution of Ireland, Secretary of the Government of the Irish Free State in 1937, Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland in 1960, and Knight Commander of the Papal Order of St...

    , Governor of Central Bank
  • Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh
    Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh
    Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is an Irish poet. Born in Tralee, County Kerry, in 1984, she graduated from NUI Galway in 2005 with a BA in Irish and French...

    , poet
  • Sean O'Callaghan
    Sean O'Callaghan
    Sean O'Callaghan is a former member of the Provisional Irish Republican Army who became an informer for the Garda Síochána and who was later debriefed by the UK's MI5 in the Netherlands...

    , Provisional IRA member
  • Denis O'Donnell
    Denis O'Donnell
    Denis O'Donnell was a well-known entrepreneur in County Kerry, Ireland, in the early 1900s.-Background:He was born in Tubrid, Ardfert, County Kerry, to Patrick O'Donnell of Tubridmore, and Bridget of Lerrig...

    , businessman
  • Patrick Denis O'Donnell
    Patrick Denis O'Donnell
    Patrick Denis O'Donnell, , was an Irish military historian, writer, former UN peace-keeper, and retired Commandant of the Irish Defence Forces. -Background:...

    , military/historian (and known locally as Paddy, or P.D.)
  • Dan O'Keeffe, footballer
  • John O'Keeffe, footballer
  • Ger Power
    Ger Power
    Ger Power is an Irish retired sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club Austin Stack's and was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1973 until 1988. Power captained Kerry to the All-Ireland title in 1980.-Early life:Ger Power was born in Annacotty, County...

    , footballer
  • Declan Quill
    Declan Quill
    Declan Quill is an Irish Gaelic footballer who played with the Kerry county team and continues to play with the Kerins O'Rahilly's club team in Tralee...

    , footballer
  • Boyle Roche
    Boyle Roche
    Sir Boyle Roche, 1st Baronet was an Irish politician. After a distinguished career in North America with the British Army, Roche became a member of the Irish House of Commons in 1775, generally acting in support of the viceregal government...

    , politician
  • Dan Spring
    Dan Spring
    Dan Spring was an Irish politician who represented the constituency of Kerry North in the Dáil, from 1943 to 1981. He was a member of the Labour Party and was the father of Dick Spring, who led the Labour Party from 1982 to 1997.Dan Spring was born into a working-class family in Tralee, County Kerry...

    , politician, footballer and rugby player
  • Dick Spring
    Dick Spring
    Richard "Dick" Spring is an Irish businessman and former politician. He was first elected as a Labour Party Teachta Dála in 1981 and retained his seat until 2002. He became leader of the Labour Party in 1982, and held this position until 1997...

    , politician, footballer and rugby player
  • Austin Stack
    Austin Stack
    Austin Stack was an Irish revolutionary and politician.-Early life:Stack was born in Ballymullen, Tralee, County Kerry. He was educated at the Christian Brothers School in Tralee. At the age of fourteen he left school and became a clerk in a solicitor's office. A gifted Gaelic footballer, he...

    , revolutionary and footballer
  • Mikey Sheehy
    Mikey Sheehy
    Mikey Sheehy is a retired Irish sportsperson. He played Gaelic football with his local club Austin Stacks and was a member of the Kerry senior inter-county team from 1974 until 1987. Sheehy is regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.-Club:Sheehy played his club football with the...

    , footballer
  • Tracey K
    Tracey K
    Tracey K is an Irish singer, songwriter best known for providing the vocals, as well as the lyrics for the UK Dance Chart topper "The Cure and The Cause"...

    , musician
  • Tommy Walsh
    Tommy Walsh (Kerry footballer)
    Tommy Walsh is an Irish sportsman who is currently playing Australian Football in the Australian Football League with the Sydney Swans. He has played Gaelic football at club level with the Kerins O'Rahilly's club team and at inter-county level with the Kerry senior football team...

    , footballer


Twinning

Tralee is twinned with the following places: Westlake
Westlake, Ohio
Westlake is a city in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States. The population was 32,729 at the 2010 census. It is an affluent suburb of Cleveland, Ohio and is located 12 miles from Cleveland's downtown.-Geography:Westlake is located at...

, Ohio
Ohio
Ohio is a Midwestern state in the United States. The 34th largest state by area in the U.S.,it is the 7th‑most populous with over 11.5 million residents, containing several major American cities and seven metropolitan areas with populations of 500,000 or more.The state's capital is Columbus...

, United States
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

 

See also

  • List of abbeys and priories in Ireland (County Kerry)
  • List of towns and villages in Ireland
  • Market Houses in Ireland
    Market Houses in the Republic of Ireland
    Market houses are a notable feature of many Irish towns with varying styles of architecture, size and ornamentation making for a most interesting feature of the streetscape. Originally there were three, four or even five bays on the ground floor which were an open arcade. An upper floor was...

  • Tralee Bay
    Tralee Bay
    Tralee Bay is located in on the west coast of County Kerry, Ireland. It is situated between Kerry Head on the north side and the Maharees on the west and extends eastwards as far as the bridge at Blennerville. Several small rivers feed into the bay through the town of Tralee...

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