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Coontie Kerry

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Coonty Kerry

Contae Chiarraí
Coat of airms o Coonty Kerry
Coat airms
Comhar, Cabhair, Cairdeas  (Erse)
"Co-operation, Help, Friendship"
Location in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°10′N 9°45′W / 52.167°N 9.750°W / 52.167; -9.750
Coonty tounTralee
 • TeepCoonty Cooncil
 • Dáil ÉireannKerry North–West Limerick
Kerry South
 • European ParliamentSooth
 • Total4746 km2 (1,832 sq mi)
Area rank(5t)
 • Rank (14t)

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 aurie, an 14t lairgest in terms o population. It is bordered bi Coonty Limerick tae the east an Coonty Cork tae the sooth-east. The coonty toun is Tralee. Ane o Ireland's maist famous touns, Killarney, is an aa locatit in the coonty. The Lakes o Killarney, an aurie o ootstanding naitural beauty, ar locatit in Killarney Naitional Park. The tip o the Dingle Peninsula is the maist wasterly pynt o Ireland.


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Kerry is an anglicisation o Ciarraí, itself derived frae Ciarraighe, or "fowk o Ciar", the name o the pre-Gaelic tribe who lived in pairt 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 broun, an the wird continues in uise in modren Erse as an adjective describing a daurk complexion. The suffix raighe, meanin fowk/tribe, is foond in various -ry place names in Ireland, such as OsryOsraighe Deer-Fowk/Tribe.