County of the Republic of Ireland, west of Cork, in the province of Munster; county town Tralee; area 4,700 sq km/1,814 sq mi; population (2002) 132,500. Industries include engineering, woollens, fishing, and farming (dairy farming in the north, cattle grazing in the south). Tourism is important. Other towns include Caherciveen, Castleisland, Dingle, Killarney, and Listowel.
Features Muckross House (1843) and Abbey (1448) are among the top visitor attractions. The area is rich in archaeological remains, most notably Staigue near Sneem, Leacanabuaile Fort near Cahirciveen, and the large site of Fahan on the Dingle Peninsula. There are also significant early ecclesiastical ruins, including the monastic site on Skellig Michael, which is a place of pilgrimage. The western half of the Dingle Peninsula is a Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area).
Physical Kerry is low-lying in the north and mountainous in the south, with the Slieve Mish and Caha Mountains, and Macgillycuddy's Reeks, where Corrán Tuathail (Ireland's highest peak at 1,041 m/3,415 ft) is situated; other peaks include Brandon (953 m/3,127 ft) and Mangerton (840 m/2,756 ft).
Kerry's western coastline is deeply indented, with three large peninsulas (Beara, Iveragh, and Dingle), and large bays at Tralee and Dingle. Islands off the west coast include the Skelligs, the Blaskets, and Valentia Island. There are many rivers and lakes, notably the Lakes of Killarney.
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