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Kerry the Kingdom

Kerry the Kingdom in Tralee recounts 8,000 years of Irish and Kerry history.

It comprises three attractions which together, tell the story of Kerry from earliest times. Kerry in Colour: a multi-image audio-visual presentation of the unique landscape of the area where settlements dating back 7,000 years to Mesolithic hunters and fishermen can be found. Later settlers included Celts and early Christains who lived in hill forts, oratories and beehive huts. The Kerry County Museum casts light on the artefacts and activities of the region’s former occupants through scale models and inovative audio visual displays. Visitors can learn the fine art of Gaelic football at which Kerry excels, and watch a fascinating documentary entitled "Ireland 1914-1965, which recounts the country’s history between these dates as seen through the lens of the newsreel camera.

"The Geraldine Experience" brings you face to face with the Geraldines, once the ruling family of south west Munster, of which Tralee was the capital town. A time-car ride takes visitors through Medieval Tralee, passing through the gatehouse to the town into a reconstruction of the streets and houses of centuries past. Daily life in a Medieval market town is conjured up with lighting and sound effects, and specially fabricated smells. The ride is offered in 7 European languages plus Japanese, and great care has been taken to achieve historical accuracy. Nowadays, Tralee is the capital of Kerry and is the gateway to the Dingle peninsula. Attractively situated on a bay, its festivals, folk theatre, and traditional music, all make a visit worthwhile.

Preparatory visit for teachers. Information available in French, German and English. Tralee is a convenient base from which to explore the west of Ireland. Its location and cultural heritage as a Medieval town mean that it plays an important part in the life of the region. It is home to the National Folk Theatre which performs traditional music, song and dance, and there are a large number of cultural attractions to be visited.

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