Tarbert, County Kerry


Tarbert (, from an
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term meaning "draw-boat", i.e.
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) is a town in the north of
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, with woodland to the south and the
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to the north. It lies on the N69 coast road that runs along the estuary from
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before turning inland at Tarbert towards
Listowel Listowel ( ; ) is a heritage market town in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland, Ireland. It is on the River Feale, from the county town, Tralee. The town of Listowel had a population of 4,820 according to the Central Statistics Office of Irela ...
, and has two schools Tarbert Primary and Tarbert Comprehensive.

Tarbert Island

The nearby island is linked to the mainland by a short
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– the site of the boat portage that gave its name to both the island and the town. There is a RORO, car ferry service from the island to the town of Killimer, near Kilrush in County Clare, Clare. This service, operated by Shannon Ferry, Shannon Ferries, provides a link between the N69 road (Ireland), N69 in Kerry and the N68 road (Ireland), N68 in Clare. Also on the island is a small lighthouse and an electricity plant with four oil-fired turbines and a capacity of 640MW. This plant, opened in 1969, was the site of an explosion in 2003 that killed two workers and seriously injured another. The plant was due to be de-commissioned in 2010, with the loss of 130 jobs. However the plant was purchased by Spanish power company Endesa (Spain) in January 2009 securing the jobs for up to 75% of the staff and the remaining 25% will be redeployed within the ESB. The new owners plan to convert the plant to gas turbines by 2012.


Tarbert Bridewell

The Tarbert Bridewell is a former courthouse and prison situated in the village. Built in 1831, it was used for trying local court cases and for holding prisoners awaiting transfer to the County Jail in Tralee. The jail closed in 1874 but the courthouse continued in use until the 1950s. In 1993 the complex was reopened as a museum and visitor centre.

Tarbert Lighthouse

Tarbert Lighthouse came into operation on 31 March 1834 H.T.L.H Tarbert Island lighthouse is still operational today. This is a harbour light to guide vessels passing up and down the Shannon estuary. The lighthouse is built on a tidal rock on the north side of Tarbert Island and a cast iron bridge connects the lighthouse to the shore.

Fort Shannon

Fort Shannon was a coastal artillery fortress, near Tarbert, built by the Irish Army in 1942 to protect the River Shannon against hostile warships during The Emergency (Ireland), The Emergency (as World War II was known in Ireland). It was the only such fortress to have been built by the Irish Government since independence. It was reduced to a care and maintenance basis in 1946 and completely abandoned several years later.

Tarbert House

Tarbert House is a historic country house dating from 1690.

See also

* List of towns and villages in the Republic of Ireland, List of towns and villages in Ireland


External links

The Tarbert Community Website

Tarbert Bridewell
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