Killarney "If mountain, wood and water harmoniously blent, constitute the most perfect and adequate loveliness that nature presents.... Alfred Austin (Poet Laureate)
Killarney Name : Cill Airne, meaning "church of sloes"
On Sep 5th 2011 Killarney was named Ireland's tidiest town (similar to the award it won in 2007).
The Population of Killarney 13,426
Historical Milestones :For centuries Killarney has welcomed visitors from far and wide to Ireland's most beautiful destination.
In the mid-1700's, Killarney began to develop as a town and as Ireland's first visitor destination. There are many features within the town's architecture which date back to the early and mid-1800's. The oldest is Killarney House - Other buildings of note are; Deenagh Lodge (1834), Killarney Courthouse (1835), Killarney Railway Station (1853), The Malton Hotel(Formerly the Great Southern - 1854), the Pugin designed St. Mary's Cathedral (1842-1855), the Pugin designed and influenced Bishop's House & Seminary (1860-61), The Old Monastery (1861), Presentation Convent & School (1875-86), Franciscan Friary (1867) and St. Mary's Church of Ireland (1812-89).
Killarney is the ultimate base for touring in Ireland's spectacular Southwest. It is centrally located and is the automatic start & finish point for doing the Ring Of Kerry and The Dingle Peninsula. It also has the world class hospitality facilities demanded by today's discerning traveller.
Boat trip on its famous and enchanting lakes. Aghadoe (panoramic view of Killarney Lake district) including the ruins of the 11th Century Aghadoe Church & Round Tower and the 13th Century Norman Castle of Parkavonear, Kate Kearney's Cottage (Gateway to the Gap of Dunloe), Ross Castle(15th Century restored Castle), Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms(Magnificent Victorian Mansion & Gardens in the National Park), Torc Waterfall and Lake Views, Ross Castle and Islands, Muckross Abbey, Dinis Cottage
the 7 mile Gap of Dunloe mountain pass on horseback, horse-drawn trap or on foot if so desired, to Lord Brandons Cottage on the shore of the Upper Lake.
Killarney is home of the INEC events centre and stages hundreds of world class events every year.
Sport and Adventure :
Killarney is an Outdoor Paradise - whatever your pursuit.
Fishing & Boating | Boats Can be Hired for Leisure or Fishing at Ross Castle
Walking, Cycling & Adventure | There are innumerable events in the town throughout the year
Equestrian & Horseracing |
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Golf : Killarney is home to 3 Main Golf Courses and has hosted the Irish Golf Open on 3 Occassions
Killarney GAA Football Clubs – Dr Crokes and Legion
2 Soccer Clubs – Celtic and Athletic.
The Town has a Large Public Leisure Centre and most of the larger hotels have leisure facilities
Killarney has abundant Geographic and Historic Interest
The Town is built in a valley with three magnificent lakes that meet close to the town centre.
In the Town Centre is the French Chateau style Killarney House - residence of the Earls of Kenmare and home to Thomas 4th Viscount Kenmare, - the Founding Father of Killarney Town and of Irish Tourism in 1754.
A visit to Killarney, or indeed Kerry, is not complete without a visit to the world renowned Muckross House & Gardens. One of Ireland's most popular visitor attractions, this magnificent Victorian mansion was built in 1843 on the shore of the middle lake set in the heart of the 26,000 acre (now) national park.
Killarney Town & Valley is worthy of multiple day explorations whatever your interest e.g., spectacular landscapes, wildlife & wilderness, history & heritage, outdoor activities, dining and entertainment, wellness & wellbeing.
Air Access is available through Kerry International Airport (18km) , Cork International Airport (85km) and Shannon International Airport (128km) and via commuter air, rail or road from Dublin Airport(310km). Irish Rail the national rail company provides train services to & from Dublin / Cork / Limerick / Galway and within Kerry to & from Tralee, Farranfore and Rathmore. The National Bus Service, Bus Eireann provides Bus services to & from Dublin / Cork / Limerick / Galway and within Kerry to & from all of the main centers of population.
Golf Irish Open
Killarney Horse Races
Car Rally of The Lakes
Vintage Car Rally
Oireachtas na Gaeilge – Irish Culture Festival