The word Killarney is derived from the Gaelic
Cill Áirne and means Church of the Sloes. The sloe is the fruit
of the blackthorn tree which is found in abundance in the area. Killarney
is much more than sloes and churches however, with picture postcard
scenery to rival the most beautiful places in the world.
1839, Lord Chatterton when writing about the area stated that "It
is impossible to write here. Beautiful visions crowd on the mind too
rapidly for the hand to record."
The poet Alfred Austin was moved to write "If
mountain, wood and water harmoniously blent, constitute the most perfect
and adequate loveliness that nature presents, it surely must be owned,
that it has, all the world over, no superior."
Killarney is simply magic with its mountains, woodlands,
lakes and pastures all interwoven to present one of the most spectacular
landscapes that leaves all who see it lost for words. Situated
in the south-western corner of Ireland with its own micro-climate where
the temperature variation between winter and summer is approximately
10ºC from an average of 6ºC in winter to 16ºC in summer.
Killarney is the ideal destination for those who like
to walk, climb the mountains, fish, golf, go pony trekking, boating
or simply watch the world go by. For those who like good food there
is an abundance of restaurants to cater for all tastes. Irish traditional
music is a feature in a number of the pubs in town and the many shopping
outlets ensure that even the most dedicated souvenier hunter will
not go away empty handed.