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This walking tour will take you to places of archaeological, historical, architectural, political& social interest in the centre of Tralee

About this event

The town of Tralee was founded about 1215 by John Fitzthomas Fitzgerald, an Anglo-Norman adventurer and grandson of Maurice Fitzgerald, one of the original Anglo-Norman adventurers. Many Irish towns have similar Anglo-Norman origins. The name Tralee (in Gaelic Trá Lí – strand of the River Lee) is derived from the river which flows westwards from the Stack’s Mountains and enters Tralee Bay just south-west of the town at Blennerville. A second river – the Gyle (or Big River) – flow directly through the town in a north-south direction and joins the River Lee at Mulgrave Bridge, opposite the headquarters of Kerry Group. The Big River flows under Ashe Street, Denny Street and Prince’s Street, and was bridged over and culverted during the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Two families are inextricably linked with the history and development of Tralee – the Fitzgeralds (or Geraldines) throughout the medieval period up to 1580, and thereafter the Denny family – English settlers – who effectively controlled Tralee until the early 20th century. Unfortunately, due to its troubled past (the town has been destroyed on four separate occasions), little of the medieval town survives beyond the pattern of small streets – Bridge Street, Dominic Street, Russell Street, Milk Market Lane, Church Street and the remains of the Dominican Holy Cross Abbey (1423) which lie beneath the present Abbey Car Park, just off the town centre.

The town, as currently configured, was laid out in the late 18th and early 19th centuries (Georgian and Regency periods), but was considerably extended outwards from the centre during the 20th century.

It begins and ends at the Thomas Ashe Memorial Hall, and should take approximately 2 hours to complete.

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