Living in Kerry


Kerry offers an excellent range of primary and secondary schools. There are 27 second level schools (13-18yrs) and 144 primary level schools (4-12yrs) in the county. Each year almost 2,000 students sit the Leaving Certificate exam (final state exam for second level).


Kerry has a well developed public and private health service. While there are community hospitals dispersed throughout the county, the two main hospitals are Kerry General Hospital ( and the Bon Secours Hospital ( These provide a comprehensive range of services including specialist care, surgical and general medicine


The progressive house build programme of both residential and commercial property ensures that a wide selection of quality house and property solutions is available to meet the requirements of residents and business needs. (networking)

Community and Support

A wide range of community and support service exist throughout the county. For further information please visit the Kerry Public Participation Network .


The local and national newspapers display jobs advertised. FÁS offices also display jobs available in the local area. A number of recruitment websites also advertise jobs in Kerry, in particular:
List of websites advertising Kerry jobs


Kerry plays host to a variety of local and family run businesses, that offer great quality produce and service in addition to many major retail chains, both national and international including SuperValue, Dunnes Stores, Tesco, Debenhams, Boots, Argos, Woodies DIY, Smyths Toys, Pamela Scott, TK Maxx, Harvey Norman, ALDI, LIDL, NIKE and many more.

Kerry also has an extensive range of artisan shops and excellent quality boutiques which make shopping a unique experience in Kerry.

Our farmer’s markets provide the very best of fresh, natural produce from great farmhouse cheeses and chutneys, just-caught fish and artisan meats, organic fruit & vegetables,eggs, honey, breads and pastries


Eating Out

Kerry has  a great choice of restaurants, bistros and cafés which are perfect to enjoy a meal, celebrate a special occasion, party or just relax. Locally produced, healthy, quality food is a feature of our wonderful restaurants.

Kerry Attractions

One major benefit to living in Kerry is access to  world-class outdoor amenities.


The mild climate makes Kerry the perfect location to enjoy outdoor activities all year round.  Whether you are enthused by climbing the highest mountain in Ireland or walking the network or market trails,, the beaches or in the National Park  or enjoy water sports, pony trekking, golfing or another pastime, Kerry has it all to offer
For golfers it’s a world-class destination, its courses are amongst the most scenically appointed in the world from mature parklands to the beauty of classic links land.  Golfers can enjoy a challenge at internationally renowned courses such as Waterville, Killarney and Ballybunion; which are amongst the many other courses in Kerry regularly praised by experts and commentators.  The Old Course at Ballybunion has a world-wide reputation for being a ‘true test’.

Theatre/ Cinemas

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

Kerrys cinemas are geographically spread throughout the county offering you the chance to lose yourself in the big screen for a couple of hours. - Dingle Cinema - Killarney Cinema. -Listowel Cinema - Tralee Cinema.

Arts & Culture

The Arts and Culture in Kerry are a living, breathing part of the landscape. Ancient traditions meet living culture, giving people the very best in music, dance, literature, film, visual arts and theatre.


Access by air
Kerry’s Regional Airport is located at Farranfore in a central location (15 minutes drive) to Tralee and 10 minutes to Killarney, allowing travel to Dublin, Uk and Europe and return on the same day.  Kerry has  easy access to 2 International Airports: Cork  (65 miles) Shannon (85 miles)

Access by Rail
Tralee is serviced by Irish Rail from stations in Dublin and Cork. It also connects with many other centres including Limerick and Killarney. 


Local Government

Kerry County Council is the governing body of the County of Kerry. It is responsible for a number of very important services throughout the county including the planning process, local authority housing, motor taxation and many more. The headquarters of Kerry County Council is located in Rathass, Tralee with area offices and Town Councils spread throughout the county. Please view the links on the right for more information on Kerry County Council and its role and services .


Council Offices