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Killarney is a small town in southwest Ireland. Situated on the Ring of Kerry scenic drive, it's one of Ireland's leading tourist destinations because of the abundant lake and mountain scenery in Killarney National Park.
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Points of Interest in Killarney
- Muckross Abbey. Beautiful ruin of a Franciscan friary that was founded in 1448. The ruin is completely open (except when certain sections undergo restoration work) and you can wander through the rooms independently.
- Muckross House and Gardens. This area of the park also boasts the "Muckross Traditional Farms", a perfect outing for the kids. A ring walk (not very long, approx 2 hours from start to finish, including stops), leads you past several 'traditional farmhouses'. These farmhouses demonstrate 'the way we were'. During the summer, there are often litters of kittens and puppies, which the children will be delighted with as you watch the demonstrations of soda bread and butter making, a sample of which will be given to you if you behave!
- Ross Castle a medieval tower in Killarney National Park. Situated in a beautiful location on the lake shore. Tours are available.
- Torc Waterfall a beautiful waterfall in the Killarney National Park. Covered in tours of local attractions.
Killarney has been entertaining visitors and tourists for over two hundred and fifty years. Its beautiful peaks such as Crohane, Tomies, Torc, and Mangerton date way back to prehistoric times when the ice melted after the ice age. There are many tales and legends concerning the town which draw in tourists.
It has charming architecture and style reminiscent of the late nineteenth century. Since the council banned gaudy plastic shop signs in the 1980s, there has been a strong competitive streak among shop keepers to put on an attractive face, with old style signs, window boxes, and stained-glass doors.
The town has many narrow lanes which are sometimes hard to navigate but bring about opportunities to stumble upon new adventures. Many restaurants and craft shops are hidden down these lanes and it is well worth the effort to explore.
- Watch a game of Gaelic football, Ireland's national game. Kerry has won more All-Ireland Football Championship titles than any other team. Killarney has a rich footballing tradition and Kerry inter-county matches are often played at Fitzgerald Stadium in the town.
- Go for a swim or relax in the sauna in Killarney's only brand new, purpose-built leisure centre, Aura. Five minutess from town by car or 25 minute walk, it is on the bypass road. Several hotels also have swimming pools open to non-residents, but they tend to be expensive.
- Have a game of pool in the Cue club in the centre of town. Watch the latest movies in the Killarney cineplex (recently renovated and looking fabulous!), go for a drink in any of the numerous pubs Killarney has to offer, or simply put on a jacket... and go outside!
- Take a boat trip on the Lakes of Killarney. Boats leave Ross Castle regularly during the summer. From there you can visit the likes of Innisfallen Island, which boasts spectacular monastic ruins.
- Visit Ross Road and Killarney National Park, which is very near to town — c. 1 mi.
- Go to The Crystal Shop located on High Street in Killarney. The shop is dedicated to fine crystal, china, and soft furnishings. It is a spot to browse or purchase. The shop features major Irish brands along with some of the smaller factories. Prices are on par with other shops, but the staff go above and beyond to help the customers. There is also tax-free shopping available for non-European Union residents
- Visit Fitzgerald Stadium. located at what is known locally as the "top of town". The stadium is home to the Kerry senior football team, constantly providing spectators with competitive and enjoyable matches. It has a seating capacity of over 39,000, and also serves as a major concert venue in Kerry County for musical performances during the summer. Don't try and park nearby during events, as it is restricted to local residents and disabled permit holders. Through traffic is blocked for major events. Park in town, and follow the crowd.
- 'The Laurels' The Laurels enjoys a great reputation for its food. Expect to find the best traditional fare around prepared not with just a little flair entirely from local ingredients. Bantry Bay mussels come in a tureen of white wine, garlic and fresh cream with home-made soda bread; Irish stew with crusty home-baked rolls; and traditional potato-cakes filled with chicken and smoked bacon on a mushroom sauce. As well as dining in the pub, the adjoining restaurant seats 65 people between two rooms for more leisurely dining. Main Street, Killarney. Phone: +353 64 31149. Fax: +353 64 34389. Email: email@example.com Web: 
- CRONIN's This small cafe has a friendly, unpretentious setting and gives a particularly hearty welcome to families. There are a good variety of hot and cold options, with something to suit everyone. Salads, soups, sandwiches, and hot entrées are available throughout the day and evening, all for very economical prices. Specials offer daily diversity to the menu. A special child's menu has a number of pleasing standards with generous helpings of chips. Enthusiastic and fast service makes eating at Cronin's a pleasure.
- Scéal Éile A nice restaurant and café on Main Street. Try to get a window seat if you're dining on the second-floor restaurant. On a sunny day, the window boxes compliment the view as the bustling life goes by. The menu is varied and quite nice, as are the staff.
- Courtneys Bar, 24 Plunkett Street (5min walk from bus/train). Open until 11.30PM weeknights and until 12.30AM Friday and Saturday nights. Log fires during the winter, wide variety of clientele, live music varies from trad to rock. Wide range of international beers offered. Warm atmosphere and general good humoured banter guaranteed.
- The Laurels. Log Fires, tiled floors, beamed ceilings and a warm welcome combine to bestow that elusive ambiance that is characteristic the Irish Pub. Main Street, Killarney. Phone: +353 (0)64 31149. Fax: +353 (0)64 34389. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: 
- Jimmy Brien's.
- Buckley's Bar.
- The Kerry Way (Formerly the Curraglass inn). Several miles from town, on the old Cork Road.
- Kate Kearney's Cottage. Several miles from the town, at the entrance to the Gap of Dunloe.
- The Grand Killarney (The Grand), Main Street Killarney, ☎ +353 64 663-1159. Great night out in Killarney with bar and nightclub open 7 nights a week. Live music every night in the bar and disco in nightclub every night. Accommodation also available.
- Scott's Bar. Main Street Killarney. Has the largest beer garden in Killarney with excellent live music during the summer months. Traditional music also from time to time in "The Snug" part of the bar.
- Danny Mann's Pub
- The Killarney Outlet Centre (opposite the Friary) has a wide range of shops including NIKE, Blarney Woollen Mills, and other name brands. Also available are books, camping gear, and Irish style jewellery. It's all under cover, so good for a wet day.
- In the basement of Muckross House, you'll find a modest gift shop offering fine woollens at very attractive prices.
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