Killarney National Park

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Killarney National Park encompasses 103 square kilometers of County Kerry and contains a variety of landscapes including mountain, woodland and lakes. Founded in 1932, Killarney National Park is a home to Ireland’s only remaining wild herd of native Red Deer. In addition to this, the largest area of old-growth Oakwoods left in the country can be found on some of the lower mountain slopes within the park. The National Park also boasts some rare habitats, notably a large stand of pure Yew wood which is thought to be one of only three pure Yew woods in Europe.

Central to Killarney National Park however are its three lakes, all inter-linked but quite different in their respective characters. The lakes support a large population of Brown Trout, as well as an annual run of Salmon. Sport angling has been a popular pastime for generations in Killarney.

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The Park boasts a wealth of bird life and plant species. Human history has also left its mark in the Killarney area, and is well preserved in Inisfallen Abbey, Muckross Abbey and Muckross House.

Killarney National Park Education Center offered a series of monthly biodiversity days in 2006 aimed at adults. Each session focused on different aspects of the special flora and fauna of the local ecosystems. Check their website for updates.

Widely regarded as the definitive guide to Killarney National Park is this book by Bill Quirke from 2002.

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