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Fenit is a small village in County Kerry, Ireland, located on north side of Tralee Bay about 10 km (6 mi) west of Tralee town, just south of the Shannon Estuary.

Fenit beach and harbour has always been a very popular swimming spot. It has a marked swim course and is also home to the Tralee Bay Sailing Club, Open Water Swimming Club and annual Triathlons.

Book into a sailing course, kayak along the glistening waters or stretch your legs and walk ‘The Brendan Way’, a trail across the historical sites relating to St. Brendan. The heritage trail, Slí Bhreanainn, (The Brendan Way) extends from Fenit to Lerrig Cross in Ardfert.

Saint Brendan, the navigator, was probably born north west of the village on Fenit Island in close proximity to what is now Fenit harbour around 484, and is honoured by a large bronze monument in the harbour area.

Fenit Island

Fenit Island is a populated island, on the coast of County Kerry, connected to the mainland by a sandbar. Located in Tralee Bay, the island encloses Barrow Harbour.

Historically, the area was called ‘Fenit Within’. It is adjacent to the areas of ‘Tawlacht’ and ‘Fenit Without’ on the mainland. The terms within/without refer to the walled protection that surrounded parts of the island from attackers from the landward side.

538 (Census 2016)