Tralee is the capital town of County Kerry; it lies on the south west coast of Ireland, nestled in a valley, gently sloping westwards to the sea, between the Sliabh Mish and Stacks Mountains. It takes its name from the River Lee, in Irish Trá Lí (strand of the River Lee), which flows just south of the town into Tralee Bay.
The town centre provides the shopper with a huge variety of shops and eateries including delicatessens, fashionable boutiques, bookshops, shoe stores, antique shops, jewellers, chemists and many more. Tralee is also home to some of the big named shops such as Dunnes Stores, Shaws, Penneys and Heatons.
Manor West Shopping Centre is located at the edge of Tralee Town Centre and is a thriving retail centre with an outstanding line up of shops. www.manorwest.ie
Landmarks in Tralee
Christie Hennessy Statue
A commemorative statue of the late Christie Hennessy sculpted by the famous Nicholas Dimbleby was erected in Tralee town square on Saturday 31st October 2009. The unveiling was attended by all the Hennessy family, Christy Moore and the Mayor of Tralee.
This statue of a Pikeman was sculpted by Albert Power. It stands in the middle of Denny Street. The statue is sometimes called “The Croppy Boy”. This statue has been there since 1939 and replaces an earlier statue that was pulled down by the Black and Tans in 1922. The statue commemorates the Irish Rebellion of 1798 when Roman Catholics, Presbyterians, Methodists, other protestants united to seek democratic reforms and Catholic emancipation and independence from England.
GAA Footballers Statue
This sculpture, by Mark Rode, is your introduction to Tralee; it defines the county and the town, a county which has won 36 All-Ireland football titles, a town which holds more All-Ireland medals than any other Irish town.
Rose of Tralee International Festival
The Rose of Tralee International Festival is one of Ireland's largest and longest running festivals. The heart of the festival is the selection of the Rose of Tralee which brings young women of Irish descent from around the world to County Kerry for a global celebration of Irish culture. The festival also includes street entertainment, carnival, live concerts, theatre, circus, markets, funfair, fireworks and Rose Parades.
Tralee Town Park
Formerly part of the Denny Demesne, now 75 acres of restful parkland with leisure walks, rose gardens and a fountain commemorating William Mulchinock who composed the song ‘The Rose of Tralee’. The park’s rose garden holds one of the most extensive collections in Ireland.
Rose Wall of Honour
The Rose Wall is a glass and polished steel plaque inscribed with the names of 1,700 women who have taken part in the famous Rose of Tralee.
Tralee Slí na Sláinte
Slí na Sláinte, meaning "Path to Health", is an innovative scheme developed by the Irish Heart Foundation to encourage people of all ages and abilities to walk for leisure and good health. Tralee is the largest town in Munster and the Slí in Tralee is one of the longest in the country measuring 9.9km. Map and details
Traditional Music and Nightlife Tralee
Tralee is home to many lively pubs that cater for all music types from traditional to modern music. All the pubs are located in Tralee town centre which is just ten minutes from Ballyroe Heights Hotel. A taxi service is available 24 hours.