Posts in category County Kerry History

Kerry Famine Evictions

Kerry Famine Evictions

Evictions  occurred in Ireland when tenants could not pay the rent? While this might be the simplistic view it is not the full story. Inability to  pay the rent was usually the reason, but there were also a number of other explanations. Unreasonable  and unjust rent increases or landlords consolidating land from smallholdings that had […]

O’Sullivan Kerry & Beara

O’Sullivan Kerry & Beara

I get a large number of queries and consultations on Sullivan/O’Sullivan families both in Kerry and in the Kerry Catholic Diocese of the Beara Peninsula, so I thought they needed a blog of their own.  For the very few of you who don’t know the importance of the O’Sullivans to this part of Ireland, I […]

Kerry Landed Estate Courts

Kerry Landed Estate Courts

Landed Estates Court Rentals 1850-1885  on FindMyPast.ie are records that I have found very useful.  If your ancestor leased or rented land from any of the Landlords who had financial problems in the late 1860s – after the Famine, this land may have gone into the ‘Encumbered Estates’ and in the sales pitch to sell off […]

Great Famine In Milltown

Great Famine In Milltown

Marie Oxx, a reader of  my blog Quakers during the Great Famine in Kerry – reminded me also of the Prendergast letters, for another contemporary insight into the Famine in Kerry and the area around Milltown,  The original letters The Prendergast Letters: Correspondence from Famine-Era Ireland, 1840-1850, edited by Shelley Barber (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006) […]

Quick Kerry Genealogy Tips

Quick Kerry Genealogy Tips

I think it might be better to keep my  opinion of Donald Trump to myself but I have to say that he seems to have awoken something in the Irish diaspora in the United States when he targeted  ’emigrants’/ ‘immigrants’ .  These words seem to have resonated with Irish descendants who had long ago half forgotten […]

Great Famine in Kerry 1847

Great Famine in Kerry 1847

This first-hand account – letters written from Kerry on a daily basis in April/May 1847 –  is one of the few contemporary records  of what was happening in Kerry during the Great Famine (1847-1852). Transcribed by myself (Kay Caball) from the handwritten letters in Quaker archives, October 2016. At a meeting of the Religious Society […]

Big Fair Listowel

Big Fair Listowel

I read this lovely story in Listowel Connection last week and I thought that you my readers might think it equally captivating.  I remember the ‘Big Fair’ myself.  Being a ‘townie’ I was terrified of the ‘cows’ and we had to wend our way to and from school through the mayhem,  cattle sliding and skittering […]

A Kerry Funeral 1792

A Kerry Funeral 1792

We all know the importance of Kerry funerals but surely Lady Arabella Denny’s instructions and arrangements about her funeral are unusual to say the least. Wikipedia tells us that ‘Lady Arabella Fitzmaurice Denny (1707–1792) was an Irish philanthropist, and founder of the Magdalen Asylum for Protestant Girls in Dublin in 1765’.    Arabella was born in Lixnaw, the daughter of Thomas […]

Revenue Man in Kerry 1869 (2)

Revenue Man in Kerry 1869 (2)

Ebenezer Turner, an Inland Revenue Officer, spent six years in Milltown “a somewhat squalid village” between 1869 and 1874.  Second instalment. I would like to thank Dr. John Knightly for allowing me to copy this from his post in the Milltown & Castlemaine Down Memory Lane FB  page. In this second post Ebenezer Turner  paints […]

Revenue man in Kerry 1869 (1)

Revenue man in Kerry 1869 (1)

I would like to thank Dr. John Knightly for allowing me to copy this from his post in the Milltown & Castlemaine Down Memory Lane FB  page. In this first post this Revenue Officer paints a vivid picture of life in Milltown and its surrounds just twenty years after the Famine. Ebenezer Turner, the Inland […]

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