Killorglin

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Killorglin
Cill Orglan
Town
River Laune
River Laune
Killorglin is located in Ireland
Killorglin
Killorglin
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°06′23″N 9°47′06″W / 52.106505°N 9.785042°W / 52.106505; -9.785042Coordinates: 52°06′23″N 9°47′06″W / 52.106505°N 9.785042°W / 52.106505; -9.785042
Country Ireland
Province Munster
County County Kerry
Population (2011)
 • Urban 2,089
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference V774965

Killorglin (Irish: Cill Orglan) is a town in County Kerry, Ireland. It is located on the river Laune, which has a rowing club and a new boathouse. The population of Killorglin is 2085 (CSO 2011) although this expands considerably during Puck Fair due to visitors and returning emigrants.

Killorglin is a major activity centre for Kerry and has a number of tourist hostels on Dromin Hill and also has one of the last inn chains started by Charles Bianconi. It is right in the centre of the town, called the Bianconi and features his famous transportation painted on the sign and on the inn. The town hall is held to have been built with the help of Andrew Carnegie.[1] FEXCO, which includes the operations centre for the Prize Bond Company are headquartered in Killorglin, in addition the Pharmaceutical firms Temmler and Astellas have small plants in the town.

The town contains the ruins of Castle Conway.

Puck Fair[edit]

Main article: Puck Fair

Every year, starting on 10 August, Killorglin holds the three-day Puck Fair, the oldest traditional fair in Ireland. It is a substantial source of revenue and business for the town as a large influx of people descends upon the town each year for the festival. Will Scally, produced and directed a documentary for Channel Four Television entitled "Puck Fair" Ireland`s Only King, this was originally only available on VHS, but it is being re-released on DVD to coincide with the 400th year celebration.[2]

People[edit]

in Literature[edit]

The book Things My Mother Never Told Me by Blake Morrison (Vintage 2003 ISBN 0-09-944072-5) tells the story of the author's mother who was from Killorglin who emigrated to England.

Sport[edit]

  • Killorglin also has an 18 hole parkland course.
  • The Killorglin Rugby Club under 16 team won the West Munster Trophy in 2006 and went forward to compete in the final of the Munster Championship, which they lost. In 2008 the Under 18 squad won the West Munster Trophy against Tralee R.F.C..

Killorglin is the home of Cappanalea Outdoor Education Centre, which is run under the auspices of Kerry Education Service since 1981. The outdoor Centre caters for the full range of adventure sports and environmental studies. Activities include: kayaking; rock climbing; camping; canoeing; hill walking; orienteering; sailing; mountaineering; sea kayaking and abseiling.

Recent changes[edit]

Recent developments include:

  • An expansion by the Killorglin-based financial services firm FEXCO resulting in two large sites in Killorglin.
  • A sizeable mixed development of commercial, residential and public buildings. Aldi has now filled the large retail chain slot in the development.
  • The fair field, the main carpark in the centre of Killorglin, was completed resurfaced and repaired by Kerry County Council in 2012.
  • A 100m wind turbine was erected at the Astellas Plant on the Tralee Road in 2012[3]

International relations[edit]

Killorglin is twinned with Plouha in France.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Statement by Thomas O'Donnell (MP), The Irish People, February 13. 1909, included in a report on Tower Model Village (County Cork)
  2. ^ MNVDISCS
  3. ^ http://www.kerryman.ie/news/100m-wind-turbine-plan-for-killorglin-town-2045596.html

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