Video of Tralee, County Kerry, Republic of Ireland
Tralee (Irish: Trá Lí, meaning "strand of the Lee (river)") is the county town of
County Kerry in the south-west of Ireland. The town is on the northern side of the
neck of the Dingle Peninsula, and is the largest town in County Kerry. The town's
population including suburbs was 23,693 in the 2011 census.
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 which is held annually in August.
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.
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.
The town has developed a range of all weather visitor attractions.
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
Blennerville Windmill: located about 2 km outside the town, Ireland's largest functioning
Tralee Aquadome: A large indoor water leisure facility with a mini-golf course.