Heritage and Culture Tralee
St Brendan ‘The Navigator’
One of the most important Kerry men ever is St. Brendan ‘The Navigator’ who is a native of Fenit, Co. Kerry. A bronze sculpture was erected in Fenit in his honour and was sculpted by Teige O’ Donoghue of Glenflesk. It stands on the Samphire rock at the entrance to Fenit Harbour pointing across the Atlantic Ocean in the direction of America.
A Monastery was founded here by St. Brendan in the 6th Century. There are three medieval churches, an Ogham stone and a number of early Christian and medieval grave slabs on the site.
Tobar Na Molt
Also known as Wether’s Well, this is the holy well where St. Brendan is said to have been baptised by Bishop Erc. Also situated here is a chapel where pilgrims would rest overnight. A sign marks the grave of St. Ita here. www.megalithicireland.com
Kerry County Museum
Awarded 2009 Museum of the Year, Kerry County Museum aims to collect, record, preserve, display and communicate material relating to the archaeological, historical and cultural heritage of County Kerry. Open all year. www.kerrymuseum.ie
The National Folk Theatre of Ireland and Arts Centre hosts and produces a wide range of arts and entertainment events throughout the year in its art centre. Rooted in rich musical and dance traditions of Ireland, their summer season of performances run from May to September. Throughout the year, they present a vibrant programme of dance, drama, visual arts, comedy, film and music concerts. www.siamsatire.com
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.
It marks what is reputed to be the grave of Scotia, a daughter of an Egyptian Pharaoh known as Friel. The traditional name of the location is Glenn Scoithin, ‘vale of the little flower’. According to several references in medieval Irish mythology Scotia, wife of the former Milesius and mother of six sons, was killed in battle with the legendary Tuatha Dé Danann on the nearby Sliabh Mish Mountain. Scotia had come to Ireland in 1,700BC, to avenge the death of her husband, the King who had been wounded in a previous ambush in south Kerry.
GAA in Kerry
GAA in Kerry is proudly represented by Tralee having Ireland’s largest sports sculpture celebrating the Kerry Gaelic Football tradition. The 5 metre high bronze sculpture by Co. Mayo based sculptor Mark Rhode is sited on a raised mound in the centre of the Clashlehane Roundabout on the eastern road into Tralee. All 32 counties of Ireland support this volunteer lead cultural organisation.