Killarney : Ireland

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What it's Like to Retire in Killarney

Killarney is a town in County Kerry, southwestern Ireland. The town is on the northeastern shore of Lough Leane, which is part of Killarney National Park. The population is only 15,000 yet it feels much bigger. Because this is  a popular tourist town (the Ring of Kerry is a big attraction) there are ample restaurants, hotels, and shops. The Killarney Golf & FIshing Club has 3 "parklands style" golf courses (18 holes each) and has been the site of the Irish Open. In 2011 it was named Ireland's tidiest town.  Photos courtesy of Wikipedia:  St. Mary's Cathedral by Romeparis and Ross Castle by Mxs.


Where to Retire in Killarney and Home Prices

There are existing and new neighborhoods in Killarney. or there are smaller villages outisde of town that might be more charming. Prices have falled to closer to U.S. levels.


What is special about Killarney

This is a pretty old town near the coast that attracts tourists. There are six active rowing clubs in the town, who share a common history in Ireland's oldest surviving regatta, the Killarney Regatta, which is held annually in July. For Americans who choose to live or retire here it has a very familar feeling, particularly because you will be mingling with the Irish-American names like Dowd you know so well from home.


What is not special about Killarney

Killarney can be a bit touristy in season. It is not as totally charming as some towns like Lahinch.


Who will like retirement in Killarney

People who want to retire to a bustling town on Ireland's west coast that is familar with expatriates.


Local economy is driven by

Tourism is very important to the local economy.


Climate and Physical Environment

Killarney in in southwestern Ireland near the coast.  Considering the latitude the weather is fairly temperate as the terminus of the Gulf Stream has some warming effect.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Killarney SummerFestis a highlight of the year in the town, featuring outdoor and indoor concerts from major Irish and international acts. There is a great assortment of restaurants due to this being a very popular tourist destination.



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Medical facilities

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There is good municipal bus service in Killarney.


Valuable Links

Ring of Kerry


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