Take five about Tralee:
- Set against the backdrop of the Slieve Mish Mountains and Tralee Bay.
- The town was founded in the 13th century by the Anglo-Normans, taking its name from the River Lee.
- Immersed in music & culture and it is home to dynamic stage productions at Siamsa Tíre, Ireland’s National Folk Theatre.
- Close to stunning seascapes featuring Fenit Lighthouse, Black Rock, The Maharees, Banna Strand and Blennerville Windmill.
- Home to the renowned Rose of Tralee International Festival, hosted each August.
Tralee is the modern bustling county town of Kerry, set against the backdrop of the Slieve Mish Mountains and Tralee Bay. The town was founded in the early 13th century by the Anglo Normans and takes its name from the River Lee.
With strong links to its medieval heritage, it offers a wide range of superior accommodation suitable for meetings, conferences and incentives, with cultural and historical venues in close proximity.
From an entertainment perspective, the nightlife in Tralee is an experience not to be missed. Once the sun goes down, Tralee comes to life with music, song and dance.
Whether it’s the ‘craic’ in a small lively pub or a dynamic stage production at Siamsa Tíre, the people of Kerry and visitors from all over the world come together to enjoy the best of Irish culture, music, song and dance.
Tralee has an abundance of great restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars with some hidden away on the squares and others on quaint narrow streets. The pubs are well known, each with its own distinctive style and atmosphere. The many fine restaurants and hotels offer everything from fine dining to pub grub and everything in between.
Its central location within the region affords easy access to national parks, beaches and mountain ranges meaning that transportation between accommodation, venues and activities can be kept to an absolute minimum. Stunning seascapes featuring Fenit Lighthouse, Black Rock, The Maharees, Banna Strand and Blennerville Windmill are all within a short distance of Tralee town.
Inspired programme activities include:
- Learning an Irish Dance with the cast of Siamsa Tire on the stage of the National Folk Theatre of Ireland
- Trying your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or Windsurfing on magnificent local beaches
- Experiencing pure, undiluted adventure Coasteering, swimming through sea arches and cliff jumping
- Saddling up and go on an exhilarating horse ride along coastal paths and beaches
- Teeing off at some of Ireland’s finest links and parklands golf courses, including Ballybunion
- Throwing in a line, learning how to fly fish on the myriad of lakes, rivers and streams or go deep sea fishing
- Experiencing nature up close at Tralee Bay Wetlands Centre
- Stepping back in time by visiting the exhibits at Kerry County Museum
- Sitting by the musical hearth for a ‘Bothántaíocht, a traditional evening of storytelling and song in a replica of an Irish cottage kitchen
- Enjoying a night of fun and light-hearted competition at the Greyhound Racing
- Visiting Blennerville Windmill, located in the port of emigration from Kerry during the great famine
Each August, the renowned Rose of Tralee International Festival takes place with festival events including Rose Parades, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, fashion show and the International Business Women’s Conference.
Tralee is also home to the Munster Technological University, a multi-campus technological university, contributing to the region through the provision of academic programmes that support student development and opportunities, education, and research. With six campuses across Kerry and Cork, it has over 18,000 students and 2,000 staff.
It has a successful track record for hosting national and international conferences and its’ state of the art facilitates include a range of suitable lecture theatres and smaller workshop spaces all with computers, projectors and Wi-Fi.
The Institute is an industry leader in hospitality training and research, houses a dedicated research unit, the Irish Academy of Hospitality & Tourism (IAHT).s Women’s Conference.