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ID: 7003498
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Kerry (county)  Kerry (county)

Coordinates:
Lat: 52 10 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 52.1667  decimal degrees
Long: 009 30 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -9.5000  decimal degrees

Note: County Kerry lies in southwestern Ireland, with Atlantic coastline on its south, west, and north borders and mountainous sandstone ridges inland, including the highest peaks in Ireland. Measuring some 1815 square miles in area, it has four large peninsulas jutting out into the Atlantic. It was ruled by the O'Briens of North Munster and the MacCarthys of South Munster from 1127 to the 13th century, when the clan Fitzgerald invaded. In 1586 it became part of the English plantation area of Munster and remained largely in British hands until the land reform acts of the 19th and 20th centuries. Gaelic is still spoken on the Blasket Islands and Dingle peninsula. Winters are mild and crops are cultivated year round, mainly potatoes and oats. Sheep and cattle are the main cash resource and can be pastured year round. Other economic activities include footwear manufacture, bacon curing, engineering, trade, and tourism. The 2003 estimated population was 133,500.

Names:
Kerry (preferred,C,V,English,U,N)
CiarraĆ­ (C,V,Irish Gaelic,U,N)
County Kerry (C,V,display,English,U,N)

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of Europe (continent)  ....  Europe (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of Ireland (nation)  ........  Ireland (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Munster (province)  ............  Munster (province) (P)
Hierarchy of Kerry (county)  ................  Kerry (county) (P)

Place Types:
county (preferred, C)
second level subdivision (C)
agricultural land (C)

Sources and Contributors:
CiarraĆ­..........  [VP]
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) VI, 816
County Kerry..........  [BHA, VP]
.......................  USBGN: Foreign Gazetteers
Kerry..........  [GRLPSC, VP Preferred]
..............  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) VI, 816
..............  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-85
..............  Times Atlas of the World (1992) 99
..............  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Subject: .....  [BHA, GRLPSC, VP]
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) VI, 816
..................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-85
..................  Times Atlas of the World (1992) 99
..................  USBGN: Foreign Gazetteers
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (2002-) accessed 21 Oct. 2003

 

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