Arts & Culture

Ireland’s National Events Centre in Killarney, Siamsa Tíre (National Folk Theatre of Ireland) in Tralee, Tinteán Theatre Arts and Culture Centre in Ballybunion and St. John’s Theatre in Listowel as well as numerous festivals and other events offer a cultural experience and continue to attract local and international audiences.

There is a rich literary tradition, particularly as the northern part, Listowel and its hinterland has produced such distinguished playwrights/authors as John B. Keane, Brendan Kennelly, George Fitzmaurice, Bryan MacMahon and Maurice Walsh. Literary traditions of this area are continuing with Listowel Writer's Week Festival running continuously since 1971. A number of new authors/poets/playwrights has emerged from this area in recent years.

The County also has strong links with the International Film Industry. A number of major films have been filmed on location in the County, particularly in the Dingle area, the best known being perhaps "Ryan's Daughter", "The Playboy of the Western World" and "Far and Away". Major films have been produced based on the works of Kerry authors such as "The Quiet Man", by Maurice Walsh and "The Field" a play of the same title by John B. Keane.



Tourist Developments

A number of Tourism initiatives and developments are underway in Kerry including the Wetlands Centre which includes a water activity area with artificial lake, walks, cycle way and childrens' play area. Adjoining it to the west of the steam railway is the nature zone with wildlife habitats, bird hides and viewing tower. An eco-friendly visitor services centre overlooks the park.(