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County Kerry

County Kerry
Area: 4,746 km²
Capital: Tralee
Code: KY
Population: 132,527 (2002)
Province: Munster

County Kerry (Irish: Ciarraí) is a county in the southwest of Ireland, in the Munster province of the Republic of Ireland, informally referred to as The Kingdom. It has an area of 4,746 km² (1,832 square miles). The county town is Tralee. The county is bordered by County Limerick (east) and County Cork (South-east).

One of Ireland's most famous towns, Killarney, is located in Kerry. The county has two national parks, the Killarney Lakes and Dingle Peninsula. The tip of the Dingle Peninsula is the most westerly point in mainland Ireland.

Kerry has the highest mountains in Ireland: Macgillicuddy's Reeks.

The county is bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean and on the north by the River Shannon, the longest river in Ireland.

Kerry's coast is a series of peninsulas and large bays. As well as the Dingle Peninsula there is the Ring of Kerry, a popular route for tourists and cyclists The pedestrian version is the scenic Kerry Way which follows ancient paths generally higher than that adopted by the Ring of Kerry.

Just off Kerry's coast are a number of islands, including the Blasket Islands and the Skelligs. Skellig Michael is a World Heritage Site, famous for the medieval monastery clinging to the island's cliffs.

The county has three local newspapers: The Kerryman and The Kerry's Eye , published in Tralee, and The Kingdom , published in Killarney.

Cities and towns

The towns of Tralee, Killarney and Listowel are administered by their respective Town Councils and are separate administrative entities from Kerry County Council. However each town elects representatives to the County Council

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