Take 5 about Killarney:
- Killarney sits within 26,000 acres of pristine National Park and its origins in tourism date back to 1861 when Queen Victoria famously visited Muckross House.
- Home to the world-renowned Killarney Lakes, “Lough Leane”, “Muckross Lake” and “Upper Lake.”
- The compact town is a bustling mix restaurants, pubs, and bars ideal for dine arounds and social programme events.
- The Killarney Convention Centre has capacity of up to 2,500 delegates and 4,500 sq. foot of event space as well as 500 bedrooms on site.
- Highest concentration of 4+5* hotel properties in Ireland outside of Dublin.
Nestled within 26,000 acres of National Park and surrounded by three magical lakes, Killarney is known as ‘The Town in the Park’ and has been welcoming visitors and delegates for centuries.
The town is steeped in history and heritage and prides itself in offering world class hospitality. The Killarney welcome is world renowned and reflected in numerous national and international awards.
It is a compact town with the business tourism infrastructure usually found in larger towns and cities. Home to the award winning, purpose-built Killarney Convention Centre, Ireland’s second largest conference and event venue, the complex has capacity of up to 2,500 delegates and 4,500 sq. foot of event space as well as 500 bedrooms on site.
Killarney has the highest concentration of 4+5* hotel properties and spa’s in Ireland. Offering over 3000 3-5* bedrooms within a 1.5km radius of the convention centre, there are an impressive range of cultural activities and historical venues close by and with the natural playground found right on the doorstep, transportation between accommodation, venues and programme enhancements are kept to an absolute minimum.
Within the town and immediate outskirts, there are a wide range of properties offering top quality meeting facilities, ideally suited for small to large residential conferences, meetings and incentive groups. Many hotels are in close proximity to each other and for larger conferences and events, the town embraces being ‘taken over’ for the duration.
From an entertainment perspective, the nightlife in Killarney is an experience not to be missed; there is no other town like it in Ireland with such vibrancy from season to season.
Inspired programme activities include:
- Stepping back in time on the legendary Gap of Dunloe trip traveling on traditional boats across the triple lakes of Killarney and through wild mountain passes on pony traps
- Taking team building to the next level with an interactive and fun Go Team Killarney Treasure Hunt completing challenges all while exploring Killarney Town
- Exploring historical sites surrounding by spectacular nature such as 7th century Innnisfallen Island, 15th century Ross Castle or 18th century Muckross House or Killarney House and Gardens
- Taking a traditional jaunting car through the national park while your jarvey (driver) regales the group with tall stories
- Giving your delegates chance to unwind and gain fresh perspectives, enjoying an exhilarating early morning kayak or yoga session
- Taking to two wheels to explore the trails that weave through the national park and around the lakes on a guided cycle ride
- Enjoying a rewarding and rejuvenating pamper session in one of Killarney’s six world class spa’s
- Heading up high to take in the glorious views of the mountains and valleys of the magnificent McGillycuddy Reeks on a guided hike
- Capturing the stunning landscape in a painting class on the shores of Lough Lean, giving you a memento take home of your time in the Kingdom
- Ending an action-packed day with an entertaining tour of the Killarney Brewhouse sampling craft beers named after local myths and legends
Stroll through the streets seven nights a week in summer and weekends in winter and you will find traditional Irish music in pubs on every street. It is also home to exceptional cultural musical theatre such as Celtic Steps and Gaelic Roots.
Killarney’s streets are a hive of activity, with a wide array of restaurants, pubs and bars ideal for dine arounds and social programme events.
Offsite venues with a difference
For one of a kind off site venues with a difference which will make your event one delegates are talking about for years to come, Killarney has a range of fantastic options which are ideal for informal social programme events, which bring the destination and local culture to life.
The Traditional Farms are a recreation of a rural towns land in the Ireland of the 1930’s and are actual working farms complete with people and animals.
A variety of events can be held onsite, from an Irish Night in Quills farmhouse or Old Schoolhouse or by using the entire village to give a complete Irish experience with traditional demonstrations, Irish food and entertainment.
The Traditional Farms can cater for groups of up to 50 pax in Quills farmhouse and up 1000 pax by using the entire site with a glass sided marquee for food and entertainment element of the programme.
Located at Muckross Park Hotel, in the Killarney National Park, Major Colgan’s Irish Night Show is an unfortgettable live show with the best of Irish Music & Dancing.
Dinner is included and served with great Irish food and friendly service.
The show comprises of traditional tunes, rousing ballads and Irish music performed by “Onora” who are joined by local Irish dancers. These award winning performers showcase Irish Jigs, reels and heart pounding dances. See the famous Kerry Broom Dance or the Half Door Dance performed beside your table.
The founding partners of Killarney Brewing Company have restored the old Killarney Mineral Water drinks facility to its former glory; it is now one of Ireland’s most exciting new independent craft breweries and tap rooms.
Its unique layout and design oozes warmth with a meshing of old world charm and new world ambience which pays homage to “old school” Killarney yet in a sleek, industrial setting. The brewery specialise in the production of some of Ireland’s finest range of craft beers, which are named after local myths and legends, evoking emotions of all things Killarney.
Delegates can enjoy the fun and quirky tour followed by sampling beers accompanied by gourmet pizzas. Alternatively, the unique space can be used for small stand up networking events or dinners.
Minimum capacity: 40 pax | Maximum: 250 pax for indoor dining
Outdoor capacities on request
Killarney Racecourse is without doubt Ireland’s most scenic racecourse. With the magnificent McGuillycuddy Reeks, Lakes of Killarney and Ross Castle providing the backdrop, the view as the horses pass the finishing line can only be described as breathtaking.
Each year Killarney hosts 11 days of racing split over three Summer Festivals. As well as incorporating race days into your event social program, the venue can be used to a host a variety of small to large events including gala dinners, outdoor food stalls and team building experiences, utilising the expansive grounds and onsite golf course available.
Celtic Steps are also located onsite so a dinner and performance option can be created.
+ Evening stand up cocktail event in courtyard
+ Evening BBQ / Buffet dinner in courtyard
+ Evening seated dinner using marquee in west garden
Minimum capacity: 50 pax | Maximum: 450 pax
The formal entrance to Killarney House and Gardens which recently reopened to the public is through the “Golden Gates” in the town centre.
Heralded as the largest urban park in the world, it allows you to access the incredible scenery of the National Park from the heart of town. Located in close proximity to many of our member hotels, the House and Gardens have been carefully restored to their former glory and offer a peaceful oasis of beauty and tranquility.
Private tours of the house’s historic rooms and gardens can be arranged and the venue is also available for a limited amount of exclusive evening events each year.
Large, grassed outdoor area 25×14 feet
seating 250 pax or 450 standing
Limited availability – requests on case by case basis
St Mary’s (Church of Ireland) is a beautiful church in the heart of Killarney. Full of history, there is evidence as far back as the 1200s of a Church in this area.
More significantly the name of the Town itself Killarney (in Irish: Cill Airne) means Church of the Sloes.
The church is frequently host to free concerts showcasing local musicians. The large grassed area outside the church is available to use for events, with requests being considered on a case by case basis.
Cocktail Snug: 15 – 20 people
Mrs Reidys Room: 20 – 25 people
Cobble Snug: 40 – 50 people
Courtyard: 50 – 500 people
Private Hire Of Venue: Up to 1000 people
Opening in 2017, J.M Reidy’s has become a firm favourite for business events groups visiting Kerry. Located in the heart of Killarney, this is a venue packed full of history and culture providing the opportunity to explore and enjoy a unique building that will take you back in time.
Listed in the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage, it is a protected structure and a living bridge between Killarney’s fascinating past and its exciting future. With an old sweet shop as its facade, the venue leads back over a deceptively large area to the old bakery ovens, bottling sheds, and the buildings where they used to store flour and seed and stable the delivery horses.
This venue offers something for every group size; with exposed stone and open fireplaces flanking cosy nooks and crannies, J.M Reidys is a maze of fun and creative spaces.
Venue Capacity: Maximum 75 pax across several spaces
Masterclasses: 20 pax
Celtic Whiskey Bar & Larder is situated at the rear of the Irish Whiskey Experience in the heart of Killarney town. Its bar is home to Ireland’s largest whiskey collection with over 1200 whiskeys; a selection, which includes not only Irish, but whiskeys from across the globe.
For the non-whiskey drinker, they also offer Irish artisan gin, craft beer, an extensive wine list and cocktails.
A range of immersive masterclasses can be offered for groups as well as relaxed dining and late night bar options.