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I was delighted to have an excuse to visit Derrynane last weekend.   I have been researching the genealogy of one of the O’Connell family for a South African client and he is proving to be a bit elusive.   Dr. Geoffrey O’Connell was a kinsman of Daniel O’Connell (The Liberator), who was in Paris […]

Writers Week & The Great Irish Famine

‘Quoting from Listowel Writers Week it  reports  ‘Mapping the Irish Famine was a huge success on the Friday night at The Plaza Centre.The panel included Australian Booker prize winning author Thomas Keneally, William J Smith and Mike Murphy from UCC, who discussed their award winning Atlas of the Great Irish Famine, and Listowel historian Kay Caball […]

Mapping the Famine – Writer’s Week 2013

Two events will take place to-morrow in Listowel remembering those who were victims of the Great Famine – those who died from starvation and disease and those who were forced to leave their homes in  Kerry and emigrate to the United States, Australia, New Zealand and England. At 11 o’clock, two Listowel men who have […]

The Down Survey for Kerry

Last Saturday I was lucky enough to attend a lecture of the Irish Genealogical Research Society in Dublin where Kerryman  Micheál O’ Siochru, TCD Associate Professor of History gave us a very lively presentation on his work on the Down Survey of Ireland, which is now online.   Taken in the years 1656-1658, the Down Survey […]

Kelliher, Spring, Raymond – Australian V

Kelliher, Spring, Raymond – Australian VIP’s

The Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia’s pre-eminent dictionary of national biography and is now online.  In it you will find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.  Here we have a selection of three Kerry men who made their mark in different ways on the […]

Blasket & West Kerry Welcome Home Week

Blasket & West Kerry Welcome Home Week

The Dingle Peninsula has a unique and complex history.   A lot of damage was inflicted on the Peninsula   during            the course of the Second Desmond Rebellion, the Nine Years War and the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. Its remoteness and isolation may have protected it from the worst excesses of the Williamite War and the […]

Fr. John Sullivan Kenmare

Fr. John Sullivan Kenmare

I spent a fascinating time to-day, researching in the diary of Fr. John Sullivan, P.P. of Kenmare during the Famine.  This is  part of my research into the background of life as it was being lived when the 117 Kerry girls were chosen to be sent to Australia from the four Kerry Workhouses under the Earl […]

National Famine Commemoration Kilrush Ma...

The National Famine Commemoration took place yesterday in Kilrush, Co. Clare.  Kilrush was a very apt place to hold this year’s commemoration as it was one of the places in Ireland that suffered most from starvation, disease, emigration and evictions County Clare had the highest number of evictions, in proportion to its population, of any […]