Coonty Kerry

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Coonty Kerry
Contae Chiarraí

Coat of arms
Motto: Comhar, Cabhair, Cairdeas  (Erse)
"Co-operation, Help, Friendship"
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°10′N 9°45′W / 52.167°N 9.750°W / 52.167; -9.750
Kintra Ireland
Province Munster
Coonty toun Tralee
Government
 • Type Coonty Cooncil
 • Dáil Éireann Kerry North–West Limerick
Kerry South
 • European Parliament Sooth
Area
 • Total 4,746 km2 (1,832 sq mi)
Area rank (5t)
Population (2011) 145,048
 • Rank  (14t)
Code KY
Website kerrycoco.ie

Coonty Kerry (Erse: Contae Chiarraí‎) is ane o the twenty-sax counties o the Republic o Ireland, an ane o the thirty-twa coonties o Ireland, situated within the province o Munster. Kerry is the 5t lairgest o Ireland’s 32 coonties in area, an 14t lairgest in terms o population. It is bordered bi Coonty Limerick to the east an Coonty Cork to the sooth-east. The coonty toun is Tralee. Ane o Ireland's maist famous touns, Killarney, is also located in the coonty. The Lakes o Killarney, an area o ootstanding natural beauty, ar located in Killarney Naitional Park. The tip o the Dingle Peninsula is the maist wasterly point o Ireland.

Etymology[eedit | eedit soorce]

Kerry is an anglicisation o Ciarraí, itself derived frae Ciarraighe, or "fowk o Ciar", the name o the pre-Gaelic tribe who lived in part o the present coonty. The legendary foonder o the tribe wis Ciar, son o Fergus mac Róich. In Auld Erse "Ciar" meant black or daurk brown, an the wird continues in uise in modern Erse as an adjective describing a daurk complexion. The suffix raighe, meanin fowk/tribe, is found in various -ry place names in Ireland, such as OsryOsraighe Deer-Fowk/Tribe.