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 (as depicted in our logo) and, through its ferry services, as a bridge between the southwest and the west of Ireland. 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. 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. 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.