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 latter held many land titles in West Kerry and also claimed property in Tralee.

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However, not long after the canal opened, it too began to suffer from silting.

By the 1880s, Fenit Harbour was built as a deepwater harbour; it did not suffer from silting.

Sir Edward was the first of the Dennys to settle in Tralee; the Dennys did not occupy the castle of the Earls of Desmond until 1627.

Sir Edward's son was Arthur Denny, in whose lifetime the town's charter was granted by King James, containing the right to elect two members of parliament. He died in 1646, before the triumph of Oliver Cromwell over affairs in England and Ireland.

The Tans closed all the businesses in the town and did not let any food in for a week.

They burned several houses and all businesses connected with Irish Republican Army (IRA) activists.

The town's population including suburbs was 23,693 as of the 2011 Situated at the confluence of some small rivers and adjacent to marshy ground at the head of Tralee Bay, Tralee is located at the base of a very ancient roadway that heads south over the Slieve Mish Mountains.

On this old track is located a large boulder sometimes called Scotia's Grave, reputedly the burial place of an Egyptian Pharaoh's daughter.

Anglo-Normans founded the town in the 13th century, which became a stronghold of the Earls of Desmond, who built a castle.

John Fitz-Thomas Fitz Gerald founded the monastery of the Dominican order and was buried there in 1260.

A railway line was constructed between the harbour and Tralee to carry cargo and freight from ships moored there.