Posts in category Kerry

Fares Ireland to America 1884

Fares Ireland to America 1884

Kerry Sentinel 6 June 1884

Fare Kerry to Queensland 1884

Fare Kerry to Queensland 1884

Kerry Sentinel 6 June 1884

Ballybunion Eviction 1884

Ballybunion Eviction 1884

One of our readers, Mary Wesley-Smith  has kindly alerted me to this letter which her relative John Stack wrote to the Kerry Sentinel in 1884.   A well written letter outlining his case: Ballybunion   7/6/1884 Sir,You will oblige me by giving publicity to the following facts in the columns of your popular journal to demonstrate the […]

Evictions in Glenbeigh 1887

Evictions in Glenbeigh 1887

One of the most infamous evictions to take place in Kerry was that from Glenbeigh in January 1887.  One of my readers – John O’Connor has alerted me to the published sources which give us a rounded view of what took place in that part of the county.   John’s own Great GrandUncle is the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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