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Blennerville - Kerry - Harbour

circa 1910

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Photo Details

  • County: Kerry
  • Town: Blennerville
  • Scene:View from across Tralee Bay
  • Date: 1925 (estimate)


  • Digitally remastered
  • 10' x 8' printed on quality photo paper
  • Also available mounted & framed
  • Colour images can be printed in black & white if preferred.
  • Read about Tralee Bay below

Tralee Bay

Tralee Bay is located in on the west coast of County Kerry, Ireland. It is situated between Kerry Head on the north side and the Maharees on the south and extends eastwards as far as the bridge at Blennerville. Several small rivers feed into the bay through the town of Tralee. Villages around the bay include; Ballyhigue, Fenit, Kilfinora, Spa, Blennerville, Camp and Castlegregory.

Latitude and Longitude

Lat. 52°16‘ North. Long. 009°52‘ West.

Maps and Charts

  • Ordinance Survey of Ireland, Discovery Series Map ref No. 71 Kerry. Scale 1:50,000
  • British Admiralty Navigation Chart Ref No.??

Place Names and Features Around the Bay

Generally, clockwise from Kerry Head;

  • Kerry Head
  • Ballyheige Pier
  • Ballyheige
  • Blackrock
  • Banna Strand
  • Illaunnabarnagh (rock)
  • Mucklaghmore rock
  • Illaunnacusha, rock
  • Crow Rock
  • The Rose rock
  • Barrow Golf Links
  • Fenit Island
  • Barrow Harbour
  • Little Samphire Island
  • Samphire Lighthouse
  • Wheel Rock
  • Black Rock
  • Spa
  • Tralee Canal
  • River Lee from Tralee
  • Blennerville Bridge
  • Blennerville Windmill
  • Blennerville
  • Bealathaleen Creek
  • Derrymore Island
  • Derrymore Strand
  • Carrigagharor Point
  • Aughacasla Strand
  • Castlegregory
  • Lough Gill
  • The Trench River
  • Kilshshannig point
  • Illaunlea rock
  • Callahangrin headland
  • Rough Point
  • Mucklaghbeg rock
  • Minnaun Point
  • Illaunturlogh island
  • Illauntannig island
  • Reennafardarrig island
  • Illaunboe island
  • Illaunimmil island
  • Inishtooskert island
  • Magharee Islands or The Seven Hogs
  • The Maharees
  • Scraggane Bay
  • Minnaun
  • Illaunnanoon
  • Doonagaun Island

Items of Interest

  • A bird sanctuary is located on the south side of the bay on the low lying land of Derrymore Island.
  • Little Samphire is a low-lying rock in the Bay on which a lighthouse stands. The lighthouse, operated and maintained by the Commissioners of Irish Lights also marks the limit of the harbour area under the control of Tralee and Fenit Harbour Board.
  • Great Samphire Island is a small rock in the Bay around which is built the harbour and port of Fenit. The name comes from the rather rare yellow samphire plant that grows there. A monument to Saint Brendan the Navigator is located at the apex.
  • Tralee Golf Club overlooks the whole bay from an elevated position at Barrow.
  • Tralee Bay Sailing Club and a Sailing School, along with Fenit Marina provide leisure boating facilities.
  • Shore based angling is a popular pastime practised from the viaduct leading out to the harbour.
  • Several angling boats are licensed to take recreational anglers out on the bay.
  • Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club, the largest sea angling club in Ireland, has it's clubhouse in Fenit Harbour.

Adjacent Bays

Brandon Bay is the next bay to the south west and the Shannon Estuary is located to the north. Barrow Harbour is a bay located in the bay, east of Fenit.