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Issues with funding meant that the canal was not completed until 1846 when it was opened.
The canal was 2 miles long with a new canal basin built in Tralee, and lock gates and a wooden swing bridge constructed in Blennerville.
First unveiled in 1905, the original Pikeman stood until the Irish War of Independence.
In 1921 the Black and Tans dragged it from its pedestal and destroyed it.
The medieval town was burnt in 1580 in retribution for the Desmond Rebellions against Elizabeth I.
Elizabeth I in 1587 granted Tralee to Edward Denny and it was recognised in 1613 by Royal Charter.
The third English settler, another Sir Edward, married Ruth Roper, whose father Thomas Roper was the lease holder of the Herbert estate centred on Castleisland. He granted "the circuit of the Abbey" to the corporation set up under the charter, in return for the fees of the town clerk.
Tralee Courthouse was designed by Sir Richard Morrison and built in 1835.
Tralee saw much violence during the Irish War of Independence and Irish Civil War in 1919–1923.
In November 1920, the Black and Tans besieged Tralee in revenge for the IRA abduction and killing of two Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) men.
, meaning "strand of the Lee (river)") is the county town of County Kerry in the south-west of Ireland.
The town is on the northern side of the neck of the Dingle Peninsula, and is the largest town in County Kerry.