Tralee (Irish: Trá Lí, meaning "strand of the Lee" is the county town of County Kerry, in the south-west of Ireland. The town is situated on the northern side of the neck of the Dingle Peninsula.
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.
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 Kerry men 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 now houses the Kerry County Museum and a reconstruction of an earlier Tralee. Tralee saw much violence during the Irish War of Independence and Irish Civil War in 1919/1923.
Local government of Tralee has a town council with twelve members. The town has three local newspapers, The Kerryman and The Kerry's Eye, and The Kingdom. The town has a commercial radio station, Radio Kerry, which commenced operations in 1990.
Tralee town is twinned with Westlake, Ohio, United States. Westlake is located on the southern shore of Lake Erie. It is about a 15-minute drive from downtown Cleveland.
Siamsa Tíre, National Folk Theatre & Arts Centre hosts and produces a wide range of arts and entertainment events throughout the year in our arts centre in Tralee. This is the home of the National Folk Theatre, rooted in the rich musical and dance traditions of Ireland who present their Summer Season of performances from May to September. Throughout the year we present a vibrant programme of Music, Dance, Drama, Visual Arts, Comedy and Film.
Designed and built by Arnold Palmer, this stunning setting represents a true paradise for those willing to challenge what is widely acclaimed as one of the finest links courses in the world. Smitten at first sight, Palmer would later go on record with this memorable quote: "I may have designed the first nine, but surely God designed the back nine". It comes as no surprise to learn that, due to the majestic beauty of this setting, Palmer choose it to be his first and, arguably, his finest golf course in Europe. Tralee, in addition to boasting a clear view of the Atlantic Ocean from every hole, has a fully qualified resident professional, fully stocked Pro Shop, a restaurant and bar and it has earned a reputation for having a most friendly atmosphere for members and visitors alike. A trip to Southwest Ireland could not be complete without playing this most precious and unpretentious of golfing jewels.
The Aqua Dome is one of Irelands Largest Indoor Waterworld & Premier Tourist Attractions. The Aqua Dome offers tropical temperatures all year round and is a Great Day Out for all the family whatever the weather! It is brimming with exciting features that captures the imagination of both child and adult alike. The Aqua Dome is fun for swimmers & non-swimmers. The Aqua Dome Gym consists of weight and exercise equipment including Rowers, Treadmills, Cross Trainers and cycles. And the Adult Only Health/Sauna Suite offers a quiet calm retreat for adults with, 2 Saunas, a Steam Room, A Plunge Cool Pool and a Turbo Sun shower. Also Aqua Golf is an 18-hole miniature golf course located next to the Aqua Dome which is great fun for all ages and a real test of your putting skills. Allow 35 minutes to complete the 18 holes
Kerry Omniplex is part of the Omniplex Cinema Group,Irelands leading Film Exhibition group are currently located throughout Ireland. Boasting the latest in projection and digital sound technology, Omniplex Cinemas have become the standard bearer for multiplex facilities. Stadium seating in all screens with superbly comfortable seats and more than ample leg room provide patrons with a first class environment to watch the latest blockbuster movies. At our concessions areas choose from freshly made Popcorn, Ice-Cold Drinks and Delicious Pick N' Mix Sweets.
County Kerry's Premier Family Entertainment Venue. With 10 full size Tenpin Bowling Lanes Video Arcade, pool tables, diner & activity areas. Bowling: Come and experience the sport of Tenpin Bowling. We even have automatic bumpers which enable even very young children to score every time. Kerry's premier martial Arts centre with Champion Kickboxing, Ladies Kick Fit Muay Thai & Thai Boxing classes. There are classes for all ages. Entertainment Machines: Choose from our range of exciting: Video Games & Simulators Street Basketball Games Double Air Hockey & Pool Tables.
Kerry County Museum, housed in the Ashe Memorial Hall in Denny Street, provides a fascinating guide to the archaeological riches and heritage of the county. Your tour of the museum is complemented by a visit to the Geraldine Experience, which takes you back in time to Medieval Ireland. Visitors can walk through the re-created streets, houses, abbey and castle of medieval Tralee. Special sound, lighting and odour effects help to make this an almost life-like experience
Blennerville Windmill is a living reminder of Ireland's rich industrial heritage. Featured in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest working windmill in these islands, visitors are guided by the miller through each element of the four making process. Within the Windmill Visitor Centre there is a new exhibition and audio-visual presentation on Blennerville's colourful history. During the Great Famine (1845-50) Blennerville was the main port of emigration from County Kerry. The Windmill Courtyard has a craft shop, traditional pottery, enamel and metalwork craft units. The Windmill Restaurant is open daily from Easter-October 31. The Jeanie Johnston Visitor Shipyard adjoins the Windmill and Blennerville is linked to Tralee by the historic Tralee & Dingle Steam Railway which departs on the half-hour from Blennerville.
Greyhound racing has been a feature in Tralee for over 80 years and the new Kingdom Greyhound Stadium was re-designed 10 years ago and is now multi-function complex suitable for business or leisure customers. Located at Oakview, Tralee only 1/2 mile from the town centre, the choices available at the Kingdom Greyhound Stadium make it appropriate for a wide audience from families, social club groups, hen & stag parties, birthday parties, corporate nights out and sports clubs. The newly refurbished Grandstand Restaurant offers the ideal venue for up to 100 diners to enjoy trackside racing as they appreciate fine food and wine. All restaurant diners can enjoy side table betting - so no reason to leave your seat and miss a thing!