His­tory, cul­ture and com­mu­nity make Tar­bert a great des­ti­na­tion

The Kerryman (Tralee Edition) - - TARBERT -

NORTH Kerry can boast of many scenic and cul­tural des­ti­na­tions and Tar­bert is a place one can write of its many won­ders and yet still end up miss­ing out on some­thing pos­i­tively unique. A gate­way to the King­dom from its north­ern coast­line, Tar­bert is a bridge be­tween the south­west through its ferry ser­vice and one of many step­ping stones along the Wild At­lantic Way. The re­ward for com­ing this far north is a warm and wel­com­ing vil­lage with plenty of his­tory.

Tar­bert is a stand­out part of Kerry with its richly vi­brant scenery and to­pog­ra­phy that is en­hanced by a strong com­mu­nity spirit. Tar­bert has faced the hard­ships of em­i­gra­tion and re­ces­sion dur­ing its his­tory and yet still re­tains a pow­er­ful sense of com­mu­nity sol­i­dar­ity with a warm wel­come for visi­tors.

Some of Tar­bert’s true magic un­doubt­edly lies in the com­bi­na­tion of char­ac­ter, place and peo­ple. For it is this which gives sub­stance to its sense of iden­tity. Its en­vi­ron­men­tally rich land­scape at­tracts wildlife en­thu­si­asts from all over Ire­land and be­yond, its mu­se­ums, fes­ti­vals and leisure fa­cil­i­ties – Tar­bert has it all. The vil­lage has a very ac­tive His­toric and Her­itage So­ci­ety and it’s well worth get­ting in touch with them if out­ings and field­trips is your area of in­ter­est.

But Tar­bert is not a place where the peo­ple sit back and wait for things to hap­pen. Far from it. A col­lec­tive and highly in­dus­tri­ous ef­fort to en­hance com­mu­nity life is an im­por­tant part of Tar­bert De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s fo­cus. This group serves as a cat­a­lyst for pos­i­tive com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment. Sim­i­larly, Tar­bert Tidy Towns con­sists of a hard­work­ing band of vol­un­teers who are part of Tar­bert De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s ‘En­vi­ron­ment & Tidy Towns Unit’ – and give freely of their time to keep Tar­bert in tip-top shape.

Tar­bert also has much to of­fer the vis­i­tor in terms of his­tory and ad­ven­ture tourism with no short­age of B&Bs, self-cater­ing and hos­tels avail­able. Among its many at­trac­tions are Tar­bert Bridewell Vis­i­tor Cen­tre, Tar­bert House, cy­cling, walk­ing, his­toric tours, plus many beau­ti­ful pic­nic ar­eas dot­ted around its hin­ter­lands for peo­ple who like to en­joy a day’s ad­ven­ture in north Kerry.

You’ll want for noth­ing in Tar­bert with the range of ser­vices avail­able from a phar­macy, butch­ers, shops, mo­tor re­pairs, hair­dressers, health­care, con­struc­tion ser­vices, beau­ti­cians, plumb­ing, restau­rants, pubs, so­cial ser­vices and sports clubs - it’s all here at Tar­bert where the aim is to strike an es­sen­tial work/life bal­ance in a stun­ning lo­ca­tion.

Pic­tured right; mem­bers of Tar­bert De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion: Back L-R: Nigel Fitzell, He­len En­right, Niall Fitzger­ald (Chair­man), Mary Lav­ery Car­rig, Jerry O’Con­nell, Pa­trick Lynch, Jane Wall O’Sul­li­van, Front L-R: John Mul­vi­hill, Doreen En­right, Joan Mur­phy, Suzanne Har­ri­son, Micheál Lani­gan.

Tar­bert De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion and Tar­bert Bridewell Gaol Mu­seum & Cafe have teamed up to of­fer FREE Fairy Trail Guides and and Colour­ing Sheets for those vis­it­ing Tar­bert Fairy Trail with their kids.

Just call in to Tar­bert Bridewell and claim your copies at the counter, and give the kids an af­ter­noon try­ing to find the fairy folk on the map on Tar­bert Fairy Trail. More info avail­able on tar­bert.ie

Tar­bert De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion’s Niall Fitzger­ald pre­sent­ing Fairy Trail guides to Tar­bert Bridewell’s Ita Gorm­ley – along with Lexi and Jake Har­ri­son en­joy­ing their Fairy Trail guide and colour­ing sheets.

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