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Traditionally, Ireland's premier tourist destination is County Kerry in the South West of Ireland. Affectionately known as 'The Kingdom', Kerry has some of the best leisure facilities and attractions in the country. The county is divided into two distinct areas by the terrain. North Kerry is defined by green rolling hills and sandy beaches while the south and west is a magnificent rugged mountainous landscape dotted with lakes (Ring of Kerry), numerous ancient sites and a thriving tradition of Irish culture and music. The Skellig and Blasket Islands off the Kerry coast offer unspoiled beauty.

Covering an area of 1,815 square miles, County Kerry has a population of over 125,000, most of whom live in or near the urban centres. The name Kerry (Ciarrai) stems from Ciar (son of Fergus, King of Ulster), whose descendants occupied this part of Munster. Irish heritage is still prevalent in the irish speaking (Gaeltacht) areas of Corcha Dhibhne, the Dingle Peninsula and Iveragh Peninsula, Uibh Rathach.

Visitors to Kerry can enjoy world class golf at Ballybunion, Killarney and Waterville, superb accommodation across the county, excellent watersports, fishing, sea angling, horse riding and hill walking. Traditional Irish entertainment and music is to be found in many charming pubs and at the National Folk Theatre (Siamsa Tire) in Tralee. The warm Gulf Stream brings wonderful marine life to the coastal waters of County Kerry which has contributed to Sea World at Fenit and the Dingle Marina and Aquarium.
The principal towns and cities of the county are:-
Tralee is the county capital of Kerry, although Killarney has long been one of the most popular tourist destinations in Kerry and Ireland. Other significant towns are Dingle, Kenmare, Ballybunion, Cahirciveen, Listowel, Castleisland, Sneem, Farrenfore, Kilorglin, Waterville and Fenit.
Please see town guides for further information.
Business Information
Agriculture (dairy and sheep) and food production is the largest income generator in Kerry and would employ 25% of the labour force in the county. Fishing, aquaculture and forestry are also significant and growing economic sectors. The manufacturing industry can be found in Kerry, the larger concerns are generally located in urban areas. This sector is divided into building and construction, electricity and gas, mining and other smaller niche localized industries.

Tourism is a major source of revenue and business for County Kerry including restaurants, retail outlets, accommodation, leisure centres and specialist tourist attractions. Services are a growing sector for the county with opportunities for new businesses to meet the needs both locally and nationally.

County Kerry is divided into two sections for many administrative purposes. North Kerry comes under the auspices of Limerick and the Shannon Region whilst the south of Kerry is governed by Cork for IDA and Enterprise Ireland initiatives. The County Kerry Enterprise Board is based in Tralee. The Leader Partnership is also divided into two bodies, north and south, to accommodate the whole county for small business funding and development.
Helpful contact details for business enquiries
County Kerry Enterprise Board   tel: (353) (0)66 21111
Enterprise Ireland (Cork office) tel: (353) (0)21 271251
Enterprise Ireland (Limerick office) tel: (353) (0)61 410122
North Kerry Together Limited tel: (353) (0)68 23429
Slibh Luachra tel: (353) (0)66 42576
Leader Group tel: (353) (0)66 20390
South Kerry Partnership tel: (353) (0)66 72724
Other sources of finance applicable to buiness start up, development and acquisition, and related services:
Credit Unions   tel: (353) (0)1 4908911
National Irish Bank tel: (353) (0)1 6785066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit) tel: (353) (0)1 6777623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund tel: (353) (0)1 4784091
The Dept. Of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: TEL (353) (0)1 661 4444; has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and business development.
Travel (also see town guides)
County Kerry sits in the southwest corner of Ireland and is accessible by road, rail and air. Ferry crossings from Europe are all on the east coast of Ireland. The nearest ferry port to County Kerry is Ringaskiddy in County Cork. Kerry Airport is located at Farrenfore with flights to and from Dublin, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf and London Stanstead. Irish rail (Iarnrod Eireann) operate a regular train service between Dublin, Tralee, Farrenfore, Rathmore and Killarney. In addition to their regular County Kerry service, Bus Eireann operate a Ring of Kerry route.

Kerry Airport tel: (353) (0)66 64644
Bus Eireann
tel: (353) (0)64 34777
Ferry Services
Brittany Ferries
tel: (353) (0)21 277801
Irish Ferries
tel: (353) (0)21 551995
P&O European Ferries
tel: (44) (0)870 2424777
Stena Line
tel: (353) (0)1 2047700
Swansea Cork Ferries
tel: (353) (0)21 271166
Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) tel: (353) (0)66 23522
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
Please see town guides
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