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Townlands, Parishes, Baronies, Poor Law ...

Townlands, Parishes, Baronies While helping at the recent Kerry Genealogy Roadshow in Castle Island, it was very clear that there is a lot of confusion amongst those starting to trace their ancestors, between Parishes and Townlands mostly and also a general unawareness of the different Kerry Baronies. To-day we will start with Civil Parishes. Civil […]

Have you hit a brick wall?

Have you hit a brick wall?

I was fascinated by a blog that I came across last week and I wanted to share it with you.   Ellen and Elizabeth run a great Genealogy site in the US under the title of  Ancestry Sisters. You may be just beginning your research or you may have hit the proverbial wall and be […]

Lawrence Collection

The Lawrence Collection of Kerry images- From the National Library of Ireland The Lawrence Collection consists of 40,000 glass plate negatives from 1870-1914. The images were produced commercially and capture scenes of that period throughout Ireland. The bulk of the outdoor images were taken by Robert French, the Lawrences’ chief photographer [re-tweet]

Tralee Traders in 1856

I have been been reading through that interesting History of Kerry by M.F. Cusack, published ‘by subscription’ in 1871. While it is very descriptive and gives great insight to some of our more historic times, Mary Frances comes over as autocratic and someone not to be trifled with.  She explains in her Preface that ‘the […]

The Wild Colonial Boy – Castlemaine, Ke

The Wild Colonial Boy  – Castlemaine, Kerry or Castlemaine Victoria?

Where do you think the Wild Colonial Boy came from?    Like all Kerry people I believed (and still do) that Jack Duggan ‘was his name’, he was born and bred in Ireland in a place called Castlemaine’.    But last night on TG4 there was a counter argument that shock, horror, not alone was […]

Happy Fourth of July

  To-day in 1776, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the Continental Congress adopts the Declaration of Independence, which proclaims the independence of the United States of America from Great Britain and its king. The declaration came 442 days after the first volleys of the American Revolution were fired at Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts There were Irish […]

To-day in 1922 – Fire in the Four Courts

Ninety one years ago to-day a huge explosion of stored munitions destroyed the Public Records Office of Ireland in the Four Courts building, and with it a huge swathe of Irish history. Part of the Four Courts complex was occupied by IRA ‘irregulars’ during the Easter vacation of 1922. After temporizing for over two months, […]

60 Years since the Evacuation of the Bla...

 LEAVING THE BLASKETS – FROM THE EVACUATION TO THE GATHERING All Photographs from the Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir (The Blasket Centre) archive   1953 was the year the Blasket Islands were evacuated. Life on the Island had become unsustainable.The dwindling island community was re-settled on the mainland and life on the Blaskets became a memory. […]

All The Presidents

All The Presidents

This week marks the 50th anniversary of President John F Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in 1963. To commemorate the visit, up to thirty members of the Kennedy family, including his sister Jean Kennedy Smith, his daughter Caroline, her daughter Tatiana,  her son Jack Schlossberg, the only grandson of the late President, will travel to  New […]

Kenmare World War 1 Casualties

Kenmare World War 1 Casualties

Kenmare Chronicle seeks your help: Next year will be the 100th anniversary of the begining of World War 1 and we would like to find out more about Kenmare people who were involved in it. Here we have a list of some of the Kenmare men who died during the conflict. If anyone can provide […]