• VISION 2020





  • The historic village of Tarbert is picturesquely situated on the southern shore of the Shannon estuary. It acts as a north gateway to the Kingdom of Kerry  and, through its ferry services, as a bridge between the southwest and the west of Ireland and serves a hub to access three major routes on the Wild Atlantic Way. Tarbert’s tidal estuary location is enhanced by its varied landscape whereby its rich agricultural land is fringed by gentle sloping hills, interspersed by deciduous woodlands and stretches of bogland, diverse habitats each with its own associated biodiversity.

    Within the community there is a large range of social, cultural, community and sporting clubs which bears testimony to the high quality of the community’s social capital. It is a community which has an all inclusive and welcoming character. The community likes to celebrate and the year is punctuated with a number of festivals, such as, the Cuckoo Walking Festival (May Bank Holiday Weekend), Heritage Week (August), “Beating out the Old Year” and “Lighting In” the New Year (on opposite sides of the midnight toll!). Impromptu as well as organised music and singing is an integral part of the pub life in Tarbert. A great ‘céad míle fáilte’ is a always offered to our visitors.

    Tarbert is endowed with a rich natural heritage. Its coastline has two vey fine Bays – Tarbert Bay and Glencloosagh Bay. Tarbert Bay with its vast stretches of sheltered mudflats, offers an excellent feeding ground for the many species of birds that either reside or overwinter there. The Bay is part of the River Shannon and River Fergus Estuaries Special Protection Area (SPA), the most important costal wetland site in the country which supports over 50,000 wintering wildfoul – making this site one of great ornithological interest.

    On cannot but be struck by the amount of old stone walls that still exist in and around Tarbert. Some of these surviving monuments in stone date back to medieval times such as Kilnaughtin Church and Lisloughtin Abbey. Striking instances from the 18th century included Tarbert House, home of the Leslie family. This early Georgian country house is a distinctive feature of Ireland’s architectural heritage.

    Tarbert people value the culture inherited from their ancestors and work hard to preserve it for future generations as is evidenced by the cultural library we have developed here to preserve our local heritage. Tarbert has a deep rooted and distinctive tradition in education. These needs are now being served by a pre-school, a National School and a Comprehensive School.

    A very large range of businesses and services are available in Tarbert and its catchment area. The village has Supermarkets, Petrol service station, Shops, Butcher, Public houses, Restaurants, Fast food outlets, Post Office, Hairdressers, Pharmacy, Medical Centre, Betting Office. Other Services accessible are: – Physiotherapy, Reflexology, Music, Drama, Art and fitness Classes and Auctioneering. Accommodation includes Hostel Accommodation, B & B’s and Self catering Homes, Transport Services available include a Ferry service from Tarbert to Killimer in Clare, Coach and Hackney Hire.


    Happy Retirement Seamus Enright

    On behalf of everyone in Tarbert we would like to congratulate and wish Seamus Enright, of Enright’s Restaurant, a very long, happy and healthy retirement. Seamus has been a chef for 45 years and his restaurant will be sadly missed here in Tarbert. Included in the photos below are Seamus with his son James, daughter Tricia and Fr. John.  Missing from the photo is his other daughter Mairead.           .....
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    The last posting Christmas date for the USA is Dec 7th for parcels & registered post and for letter post it is Dec 10th. Postal boxes, mailing bags, padded envelopes & Greetings from Tarbert Christmas Cards are available at the Post Office. The Santa post box has also arrived at the Post Office, children can post their santa letters in the post box & receive a reply. Children please ensure you add your name & address are on the back of your envelope. .....
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    Santa Claus is  coming to  town. Visit  Santa  at the Tarbert Bridewell on Sun. 9th Dec from 3pm to 6pm. Fun and games for all with Mrs. Claus and Santa’s Helpers. There will be a gift for every child. Face painting after you visit Santa. €8 per child. Parents, bring your own camera to record this special moment.  Tel 068-36279. .....
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