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Fitzmaurices, Lords of Kerry, Barons of ...

Fitzmaurices, Lords of Kerry, Barons of Lixnaw

The Fitzmaurice family were established in Kerry c.1235.   Next Sunday 28 April 2019, Lixnaw Heritage & Historical Group are holding a conference, examining the history of this important clan.   I am currently researching and writing a book provisionally titled The Fall of The Fitzmaurices: The Demise of Kerry’s First Family, and  I will be one […]

A Kerryman & the French Revolution

A Kerryman & the French Revolution

Conducting research into the papers of Francis Thomas Fitzmaurice 3rd Earl of Kerry in the French National Archivees is not an easy job.  The actual volume of material, the overheated reading room, the identification of the French receipts all took their toll.  My son Marc and I spent a number of days last week examining […]

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 […]

Nth Kerry World War1 Dead

Nth Kerry World War1 Dead

Names of those who lost their lives in World War 1 compiled by Jim Halpin of  Listowel Military Museum from information supplied by Kerry County Archives, Tom Dillon, Ger Kennelly and others.  Any information on further names would be appreciated by Jim.  (Contact details) or email jhss@eircom.net.   Abbeydorney (4), Ardfert (5), Asdee/Beale (3), Ballyduff (6), Ballyheigue […]

History of Indexing Kerry Registers

History of Indexing Kerry Registers

There is such confusion regarding the Indexing and general ‘who did what, when’ regarding Kerry Catholic Parish Registers that I thought this article written by Tommy O’Connor (now Kerry County Librarian) in 1989 in the The Kerry Magazine would clear up a number of misconceptions.