Killarney : Ireland


What It Is 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 and has been the site of the Irish Open. In 2011 it was named Ireland's tidiest town.  Photo From the top of Torc looking at Muckross house in Killarney courtesy of Wikipedia and TJBrosnan;(public domain); photo of The Lakes of Killarney as viewed from Ladies View. Ladies' View provides a good view of the Lakes including the Gap of Dunloe, the Black Valley and Ross Castle courtesy of Wikipedia (public domain).


Where to Retire in Killarney and Home Prices

There are existing and new neighborhoods in Killarney. or there are smaller villages outside of town like Tralee that might be even more charming. Prices range (in Euros) from the $200s for small condos to the $900s for large estates.


What Is Special about Killarney

This is a pretty old town near the coast that attracts tourists. There are six active

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 familiar with expatriates. Just about anyone can live here for up to 3 months, citizens of the EU can move here anytime, and Americans who can prove they have Irish grandparents have a chance for dual citizenship and permanent residency.


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 SummerFest is 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.



The level of crime is very low.

Medical Facilities

Saint Columbanus Community Hospital and Killarney Community Hospital serve the community.


There is good municipal bus service in Killarney.


Valuable Links

Ring of Kerry


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