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Trá Lí
Coat of arms of Tralee
Motto: Vis Unita Fortior  (Latin)
"United Strength is Stronger"
Roses of Tralee - - 125161.jpg
Roses in Tralee's town park
Location of Tralee
centerMap highlighting Tralee
Irish grid reference
Province: Munster
County: County Kerry
Elevation: 37 m
Population (2006)
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Tralee (from the Irish: Trá Lí meaning "strand of the Lee (river)" or Trá Liath meaning "grey strand") is the county town of County Kerry, in the southwest corner of Ireland. The town is situated on the northern side of the neck of the Dingle Peninsula. Tralee is the largest town in Kerry. The town's population including suburbs was 22,744 in the 2006 census.



1798 Pikeman Monument
Tralee Courthouse

Situated at the confluence of some small rivers and adjacent to marshy ground at the head of Tralee Bay, Tralee is located at the base of a very ancient roadway that heads south over the Slieve Mish Mountains. On this old track is located a large boulder sometimes called Scotia's Grave, 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. A medieval castle and Dominican order Friary were located in the town. The mediaeval town was burnt in 1580 in retribution for the Desmond Rebellions against Elizabeth I. Tralee was granted to Edward Denny by Elizabeth I in 1587 and recognised by royal charter in 1613.

Sir Edward Denny, 4th Baronet 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.

A monument commemorating the 1798 rebellion – 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 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 (1854–56) and the Indian Rebellion (1857).

The Ashe Memorial Hall sits at one end of Denny Street, dedicated to the memory of Thomas Ashe - an Irish Volunteers officer in the Easter Rising of 1916. The building is built of local sandstone and houses the Kerry County Museum and a reconstruction of early Tralee.

The Dominican church of the Holy Cross was designed by the English Gothic Revival architect Augustus Pugin in the 19th century

Tralee saw much violence during the Irish War of Independence and Irish Civil War in 1919–1923. In November 1920, the Black and Tans besieged Tralee in revenge for the IRA abduction and killing of two Royal Irish Constabulary (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 (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 troops landed at nearby Fenit 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.


Tralee is a tourism destination and has seen some €55 million of tourism investment over the past several years. The town has developed a range of all weather visitor attractions. Tralee is also famous for the Rose of Tralee International Festival which is held annually in August.

Places of interest

Ashe Memorial Hall
  • Kerry County Museum – 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.
  • Blennerville Windmill 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, located near Fels point, just off the Dan Spring road, at the Western exit from the town. The Slieve Mish Mountains range acts as a pretty backdrop to the site.
  • Tralee-Dingle Railway – Departures also take place from the Aquadome site for trips on the restored part of the old Tralee to Dingle Railway. Local enthusiasts have brought back an original Hunslet steam engine from the USA to relive the days when the Tralee to Dingle line carried goods and passengers along the famous narrow-gauge picturesque route before it was finally closed in 1953. Visitors can take a short train ride in carriages imported from Spain pulled by the puffing Hunslet a few kilometres out to the Tralee Bay village of Blennerville. Here the restored Blennerville Windmill and Museum house a fascinating look into Tralee's historical past as a gateway to the new world in the 19th century. Nearby the Windmill stands the yard where the Jeanie Johnston wooden sailing ship replica was completed in 2002. The new Jeanie Johnston ship is now based in Dublin city docklands.

Archaeological Sites

  • Casement's Fort – an ancient Ring Fort where Roger Casement was hiding when arrested.
  • Sheela na Gig – now located in the Christian Round Tower at Rattoo, a few km north of Tralee.
  • Monument to Saint Brendan the Navigator at Fenit – with reproductions of ancient Irish structures
  • Cathair Cun Rí – Iron Age Fort overlooking Tralee Bay

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 new Draft Kerry County Development Plan 2009–15.[6]



Tralee is served by National Primary and Secondary roads as well as local routes.

National primary routes:

National secondary routes:

Regional roads:


There is a train service to Killarney, Cork and Dublin operated by the national railway operator Iarnród Éireann. Tralee railway station, originally named Tralee South, was opened on 18 July 1859.[7]


A dedicated bus terminal was built in 2007. Tralee bus station is a regional hub for Bus Éireann who provide bus connections to Dublin, Limerick, Galway, Cork, Killarney and to Dingle.


Kerry Airport located in Farranfore between Tralee and Killarney provides air services to Dublin, London Luton, London Stansted, Grenoble and Frankfurt Hahn.


The local port for Tralee is Fenit, 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).

Local media

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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 Dynaoms that play to a high standard include St Brendan's Park, Kingdom Boys and Tralee Celtic.


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.


  • Tralee Educate Together, Killeen
  • CBS (Scoil na mBráithre), Clounalour
  • St Mary's, Moyderwell
  • Presentation, Castle Street
  • St John's, Ashe Street
  • St John's, Balloonagh
  • Holy Family, Balloonagh
  • Gaelscoil Mhic Easmainn, Rath Ronain
  • St Ita’s and St Joseph’s, Balloonagh (Special Needs)


Third Level:


  • Kerry General Hospital
  • The Bon Secours Hospital


Famous Tralee people include:


Twin Town

In 2009, Tralee twinned with the City of Westlake, Ohio in the United States of America.

See also


  1. ^ Census for post 1821 figures.
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  4. ^ Lee, JJ (1981). "On the accuracy of the Pre-famine Irish censuses". in Goldstrom, J. M.; Clarkson, L. A.. Irish Population, Economy, and Society: Essays in Honour of the Late K. H. Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press. 
  5. ^ Mokyr, Joel; O Grada, Cormac (November), "New Developments in Irish Population History, 1700-1850", The Economic History Review Volume 37 (Issue 4): 473–488, doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1984.tb00344.x, 
  6. ^ "Kerry County Council – Draft County Development Plan 2009–2015". Kerry County Council. 
  7. ^ "Tralee station". Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 4 September 2007. 
  8. ^ "Tralee Twins with Westlake, Ohio -". Town of Tralee. 

External links

Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

Tralee is a town of County Kerry in Ireland - population approximately 25,000

Get in

It is 4.5 hour drive from Dublin City

It is about a 2 hour drive from Cork City

Get around

You could walk around the town on foot. Tralee itself has limited points of interest for a tourist but it is set among some of the most beautiful places in Ireland.


The Town Park - especially when the roses are in bloom. Interesting and labelled trees and a clean play area for small children. Closed at night - at irregular hours.

St. John's Church just off the town park.

Dominican Church on Princes' St

Court House on Ashe Street

Ashe Memorial Hall and Museum near town park on Denny Street

Aqua Dome on Ballyard Road - off Dingle Road


Manor Shopping Centre on the Killarney Road.


Ballygarry House Hotel on Killarney Road

Manor West Hotel on Killarney Road

Ballyroe Hotel on Ardfert Road

Meadowlands Hotel on Listowel Road

Brandon Hotel' on Princes' Quay

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1911 encyclopedia

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From LoveToKnow 1911

TRALEE, a market town and seaport, and the county town of Co. Kerry, Ireland, on the Ballymullen or Leigh River, about a mile from its mouth in Tralee Bay, and on the Great Southern & Western railway. Pop. (rigor), 9687. A ship canal, permitting the passage of ships of Zoo tons burden, connects it with Tralee Bay. Large vessels discharge at Fenit, 8 m. westward, where there is a pier connected with Tralee by rail. Coal, iron and timber are imported, and there is a considerable export of grain. There is a large trade in butter. Railways serve the neighbouring seaside watering-places of Ballybunnion and Castlegregory, and the coast scenery of this part is grand and varied. Four miles north-west of Tralee is Ardfert, with its cathedral, one of the oldest foundations in Ireland, now united to the see of Limerick. St Brendan was its original founder, and it had once a university. A neighbouring round tower fell in 1870. Seven miles north of this again is the fine round tower of Rattoo.

Tralee, anciently Traleigh, the "strand of the Leigh," owes its origin to the foundation of a Dominican monastery in 1213 by John Fitz-Thomas, of the Geraldine family. During the reign of Elizabeth it was in the possession of Earl Desmond, on whose forfeiture it came into possession of the Dennys. At the time of the rebellion in 1641 the English families in the neighbourhood asked to be placed in the castle under the charge of Sir Edward Denny, but during his absence a surrender was made. The town was incorporated by James I., and returned two members to the Irish parliament. Though disfranchised at the Union in 1800, it obtained the privilege of returning one member in 1832, but in 1885 it was merged in the county division. It is governed by an urban district council.

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  1. The county town of the county of Kerry, Ireland.


  • Irish: Trá Lí


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