County Kerry is situated in the south west of Ireland. The county town is Tralee.
Kerry has a strong economy and offers a wide range of business sectors, including manufacturing, healthcare, engineering and food processing. The fishing industry is still strong and Kerry also has a successful aquaculture industry.
There are two Gaeltacht areas in Co. Kerry, Corca Dhuibhne which is situated on the Daingean Uí Chúis peninsula and Uibh Rathach which is situated in the Iveragh peninsula. Daingean Uí Chúis is the main town on the Daingean Uí Chúis peninsula and Baile an Sceilge is the main town on the Iveragh peninsula.
Kerry Gaeltacht Facts
- County Kerry is located in the south west of Ireland and has a population of 145,502 people. Kerry saw a population growth of 4.2% in the period 2006-2011. 32.5% of the population is under 25-years-old;
- The Kerry Gaeltacht consists of two distinct areas – Corca Dhuibhne and Uíbh Ráthach. The largest settlement in Corca Dhuibhne is Daingean Uí Chúis and Baile na Sceilge in Uíbh Ráthach;
- The Kerry Gaeltacht has a population of 8,729 and represents 8.6% of total Gaeltacht population;
- The Kerry Gaeltacht encompasses a geographical area of 642km2. This represents 9% of total Gaeltacht area;
- In 2011 there were 730 people employed in a full time capacity in Údarás na Gaeltachta client companies in the Kerry Gaeltacht.
Údarás na Gaeltachta have selectively targeted certain areas of industry, in particular those which produce sophisticated and high value added products and services. These offer the best growth potential and the best prospects of generating long term sustainable employment.
Economic activities in the Kerry Gaeltacht include, engineering, veterinary products, electronics, marine based natural resources, arts and crafts, education and training, textiles, internationally traded services, including, call centres and shared services centres.
The main National Primary Routes into Kerry are:
- The N21 road from Limerick
- The N22 road from Cork
- The N23 road from Castleisland to Farranfore also connects these roads.
Distance from Daingean Uí Chúis to:
- Tralee 25m/40km
- Cork 60m/95km
- Limerick 59m/94km
- Shannon Airport 68m/109km
- Dublin 222m/357km
- Kerry Airport 35m/57km
Distance from Baile na Sceilge to:
- Tralee 53m/85km
- Cork 107m/171km
- Limerick 111m/177km
- Shannon Airport 125m/200km
- Dublin 233m/373km
- Kerry Airport 58m/93km
Kerry Airport handles a number of flights to Dublin and Europe .
Further information: www.kerryairport.ie
Shannon Airport mostly handles transatlantic flights and flights to Europe.
Further information: www.shannonairport.com
Cork Airport handles scheduled and charter flights to domestic and European destinations as well as international cargo services and general aviation.
Further information: www.corkairport.com
Bus and rail services
Both the Daingean Uí Chúis and Iveragh Peninsulas are easily accessible from Dublin, Cork and all other major cities and towns throughout Ireland using bus and rail services.
Further information: www.irishrail.ie or www.buseireann.ie
Medical services in County Kerry
- Tralee General Hospital
- Bon Secours Hospital
- Daingeán Uí Chúis Community Hospital
Education in the Gaeltacht
- Pre-Schools: 8
- Primary Schools: 14
- Secondary Schools: 2
Third Level Education
There are five third level colleges serving County Kerry. Further information:
- Tralee Institute of Technology www.ittralee.ie
- University College Cork www.ucc.ie
- University of Limerick www.ul.ie
- Cork Institute of Technology www.cit.ie
- Díseart Institute of Education and Celtic Culture www.diseart.ie
Training for Industry
SOLAS provide career advice and guidance including information on job and training opportunities as well as temporary employment options.
County Kerry offers everything you could ask for in terms of recreation and amenities. A natural playground for golf, equestrian, walking, angling, fishing, water sports, arts and crafts and cycling enthusiasts. Further information:
Advanced telecommunications services are critical for the attraction of direct investment, for the development of indigenous industry and the promotion of the knowledge economy.
The Gaeltacht regions are fully integrated into Eircom’s National Fibre Network with access to all high speed and advanced services. Broadband availability is comparable with all other rural regions in Ireland and the EU with at least 62 per cent of lines being DSL enabled. In addition wireless based broadband services are available in many regions offering competitive options to companies and the community.