Kerry collected a quarter of national court poor box donations last year

Kerry accounted for more than a quarter of all money paid nationally to charities last year from the court poor box.

Judges can order defendants to donate money instead of being convicted, imprisoned or fined.

The figures from the Courts Service, revealed to the Irish Times, show that over €458,000 was donated to 66 charities and beneficiaries by the Tralee courts office in 2018.

The majority of this money went overseas, including €116,000 to the Society of African Missions.

A total of €1.74 million was collected in court poor box donations nationally last year; one of the lowest figures was Drogheda, at €780.