Killarney Municipal District Boundaries
The Killarney Municipal District has a population of 38,040. The Municipality contains three towns, Killarney, Castleisland, Rathmore and their hinterlands. The magnificent Killarney National Park is also located within its boundaries.
Killarney is situated at the base of Ireland’s highest mountain range, between the rivers Flesk and Deenagh and less than 2km from Lough Lein, – the largest of Killarney’s three famed lakes. Killarney is also home to the Killarney National Park which covers approximately 10,000 hectares of mountain, valley, parkland, woodland/forest and lakes. The town with an approx. population of 12,740 is also home to Ross Castle, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Muckross House & Abbey, Torc Waterfall and many more scenic tourist attractions. Killarney is one of the top tourist destinations for both Irish and foreign travellers and was voted Trip Advisor’s number one destination in Ireland in 2015.
Castleisland is a busy market town and commercial center in the east of County Kerry. The town is renowned for the width of its main street – the second widest in Ireland and second only to the famous O’Connell Street in Dublin. Castleisland has a population of approx. 2,170. It is often considered the Gateway to Kerry, as the main road to all towns in Western and Southern Kerry passes through here – the N21 from Limerick continues on to Tralee while the N22 goes to Killarney
Rathmore is immediately west of the border with Cork. It lies at the heart of the Sliabh Luachra, an area renowned for its traditional Irish music and culture. Rathmore is divided into two parts, one being the main commercial centre and the other being the administrative centre where the schools and churches are located. It has a population of approx. 1,800 persons.