• 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.


    Photo Gallery by Johnny Mulvihill July 2014

    Our intrepid photographer Johnny Mulvihill has been busy as of late, showing a great eye for a good photo! Enjoy some of the breathtaking scenes he snapped lately. With superb shots of landscapes as diverse as the woodland walk, the green river, the back of the hill and a spectacular view from the scenic route, Johnny has been busy lately!   .....
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    R.C. Parish Newsletter 12th July 2014

    Intentions this Weekend Sat    July 12th     Vigil        7.30pm    Michael Healy. Sun    July 13th                   9.00am    John Joe, Kathleen & Patrick Histon & Des & Ann Conlan.                                                   11.00am    Mossie Horan.   .....
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    Thomas (Tommy) Fitzgerald R.I.P

      Parishioners were shocked to learn of the death Thomas (Tommy) Fitzgerald of Chapel Street, Tarbert and formerly of St. Hildas Crescent, Leeds. Tommy was son of the late James and Norah of the Steeple Road, Tieraclea, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. He had migrated to England in the 1950s and worked with Murphy Construction until he retired. Tommy was a quiet gentleman and on retirement had returned to his native Tarbert He was a man of great taste and liked to stamp his own brand.....
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    Toddler Group

    The organisers are looking for 2 – 3 mothers who may be interested in taking over the toddler group on a rotation basis.  Contact Sinead on 087 2172382 Hoping to return in September.  Those hoping to keep the facility open please inform Sinead Barrett. .....
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