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Making an entrance..Billy Tangney, escorts Lord and Castlerosse and The Herberts of Muckross,in a horse drawn Carriage, to the official opening of Killarney Gardens launched by The Minister of State for Regional Economic Development, Michael Ring T.D.This launch will afford locals the earliest opportunity to see at first-hand the on-going restoration and magnificent re-creation of the gardens, which has been funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Fáilte Ireland.Photo:Valerie O'Sullivan/FREE PICS***
Killarney National Park. Photo: Valerie O’Sullivan.

Kerry is Ireland’s favourite holiday destination for domestic tourists, but it’s not the most popular among overseas visitors.

That’s according to two separate surveys, one by MyHome.ie, the other by Fáilte Ireland.

Kerry is Ireland’s favourite domestic holiday destination, according to a survey of 5,200 Irish holidaymakers by MyHome.ie.

The Kingdom topped this poll for the third time running, with 24.5% of voters saying it’s their favourite county for a break.

Galway claimed second place with 17%, while Cork was third on 14%.

Meanwhile one-million-and-26-thousand (1.026) overseas visitors travelled to Kerry last year and spent €234 million.

The figures are based on rolling, three-year averages from Fáilte Ireland’s Survey of Overseas Travellers.

They show that Cork and Galway got more visitors than Kerry last year at 1.4 and 1.3 million visitors respectively; Dublin was Ireland’s most-visited county in 2015 at 4.9 million.