Kerry, a S. W. county of Ireland, in the province of Munster, bordering on the Atlantic, the estuary of the Shannon, and the , counties Limerick and Cork; area, 1,811 sq. m.; pop. in 1871, 196,014, of whom a considerable proportion speak only the Irish tongue. The coast is much indented with bays and inlets, the principal being Brandon, Va-lentia, Kenmare, Dingle, Tarbert, and Tralee bays. Numerous small islands lie off the coast. The chief rivers are the Feale, Maine, Laune, and Roughty. Many beautiful lakes are hidden among the hills, including the famous lakes of Killarney, the two lakes of Carra, Currane, Derryana, and Lanan, and the Devil's Punch Bowl, near the summit of Mangerton. The surface in the north is open and undulating, in the southwest wild and mountainous. Carn Tual, the highest mountain in Ireland, is 3,414 ft., and several others are 2,000 and 3,000 ft. Minerals have been but partially explored, yet copper, marble, and roofing slate are worked, and lead and iron are known to exist. Agriculture is in a backward condition. The soil is inferior, except in the central lowlands, where it is a rich loam, resting on limestone. The climate is the mildest in Ireland. The fisheries of the Kerry coast are important.
The chief towns are Tralee, Killarney, Dingle, Listowel, Caherciveen, and Kenmare.