When Tralee received its Charter in 1613 from King James there were plans to build a wall around the town. But the plans seem never to have had effect, which is why I said nothing about the wall in my book The History of Tralee, Its Charter and Governance, though Mary Frances Cusack published documentation about Tralee’s proposed wall in her history of Kerry, as did Archdeacon Rowan in his Kerry Magazine of 1854-1856.
Was the wall ever built? The town’s Charter, on the other hand, subsumed all the jurisdiction of the earls of Desmond in the region. Kerry had been a county since the 1230s, but now the town of Tralee was given the selection of MPs to sit in the Irish Parliament. Tralee sent MPs to the Dublin Parliament right up to the Union, and then to Westminster until 1885. The Charter also formalised the running of the municipal affairs with the election of a provost by a very restricted corporation. Tralee was not the only parliamentry borough in Kerry. Dingle and Ardfert returned MPs to the Irish Parliament until 1800, but then they were abolished, leaving Tralee as the only Kerry borough with representation at Westminster.