Kerry is one of the counties in the province
the name comes from the Irish Ciarraigh, an ancient tribal group
which occupied the area. It is situated on the south west corner
of Ireland it shares a county boundary on the east with Cork and
Limerick, the Atlantic coast forms its boundary to the west and
north, with Slea Head on the Dingle peninsular being the most westerly
point in mainland Ireland. The county has a total land mass of 4,701
sq. Km (1,815 sq mi).
The highest mountain in Ireland Carrantuohill,
(1041 m 3414 ft.) in the Macgillicuddy's Reeks (Na Cruacha Dubha,
meaning 'The Black Tops') which are glacial carved sandstone
and are situated on the Iveragh peninsula near the Lakes of Killarney.
There are over 100 other
mountains in the range which exceed 2000 ft. The name of the range
from the Irish Clan Macgillicuddy (or McGillycuddy) which owned
land in this part of County Kerry for a long time prior, and continued
to do so until the extreme latter part of the twentieth century.
The last Ice Age is to thank for the rugged
grandeur of Kerry, it was it that carved out its famous lakes and
sculpted the jagged mountain peaks from the hard sandstone on which
most of southern Kerry and the Dingle peninsular sits, The peninsulas
of Dingle, Iveragh, and Beara stretch out into the Atlantic Ocean,
between these are the sea inlets of Dingle Bay and the Kenmare River.