Fenit Beach, Tralee, Kerry

  • Author:ActiveME
  • Created: August 28, 2012
  • Updated: March 12, 2018
Location: Kerry
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Fenit is a beautiful sheltered and sandy Blue Flag beach close to Fenit harbour and pier. It is perfect for families and swimming, has a large car park, toilets and there is a playground nearby.  There is a ramped access to the beach which is suitable for buggies and wheelchairs and behind the beach is a nice walkway, lined with seats and picnic tables and this is also wheelchair accessible. This pathway leads to an old pier where diving boards have been removed and this area is used for swimming. Fenit meaning "The Wild Place" is a small village located on north side of Tralee Bay about 10 km west of Tralee town and is enclosed from the Atlantic by the Maharee spit which extends northwards from the Dingle peninsula. The area is a designated natural heritage area important for flora and fauna. This beach is lifeguarded during the bathing season (lifeguard times are displayed on information noticeboard at the beach).

Saint Brendan, the navigator, born close to the village in 484, is honoured by a large bronze monument in the harbour area. It has been suggested that Brendan arrived in the Americas prior to Christopher Columbus but this has not been proven. Tim Severin however demonstrated that it is possible, by reaching America in a leather-clad boat.

In 1583, during the Spanish Armada in Ireland, the sloop Nuestra Señora del Socorro (Our Lady of the Socorro) (75 tons) anchored at Fenit, in Tralee Bay, where it was surrendered to crown officers. The 24 men on board were taken into custody and marched to Tralee castle. On the orders of Lady Margaret Denny, they were all hanged from a gibbet.

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1. Fenit Beach, Tralee, Kerry

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