Killarney is a town in County Kerry, south-western Ireland, with a population of just over 14,000. The Irish name, Cill Airne, means ‘church of sloes’ and it was originally founded as a monastery by St Finian the Leper. The town is home to numerous famous landmarks such as St Mary’s Cathedral, Ross Castle and Lough Leane, the lake on whose shores it rests.
Killarney has been a popular tourist destination since the mid-eighteenth century and has had several notable visitors including Queen Victoria in 1861. After Dublin, Killarney has more hotel beds than any other town or city in Ireland. The land around it is Killarney National Park which is renowned for its walking, cycling, fishing and great natural beauty.