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Kerry Landlords: Trinity College Estates

Kerry Landlords: Trinity College Estates

Trinity College Dublin was one of the largest landholders in Kerry from 1597 until the late 1890s and early twentieth century.  Robert McCarthy in his book The Trinity College Estates   1800-1923 states that 75,326 acres was granted by royal grant to the College from the lands forfeited by the attainted Earl of Desmond including some […]

Kerry Landlords – Lord Headley

Kerry Landlords – Lord Headley

The Headley family whose lands were mainly in two locations – Glenbeigh and Castleisland/Knocknagoshel,  enjoy (if that is the appropriate word) a mixed reputation in the history of Kerry Landlords..  From the ‘venerable and ever to be lamented ’ Lady Anne Headley to the notorious Glenbeigh evictions carried out by a later Headley and his […]

Kerry Landlords – Browne Lord Kenmare

Kerry Landlords – Browne Lord Kenmare

The title Earl of Kenmare (Lord Kenmare) was created in 1801.  Long before this, around 1555, Sir Valentine Browne was granted over 6000 acres in county Kerry after the Desmond Rebellion. The Brownes were a Catholic family and like all Irish Catholic families their fortunes and the size of their estates fluctuated over the centuries […]

Kerry Landlords

Kerry Landlords

Kerry landlords for over 700 years,  up to the land Acts of the late 1890s, ruled the lives of our Kerry ancestors.   From the Fitgerald/Fitzmaurice Normans arrival, through the Plantation of Munster and the Cromwellian re-conquest, landlords, their middlemen and agents,  were the major influence on day to day life for the vast majority of […]

John Grenham’s Blog

John Grenham’s Blog

John Grenham’s blog of Oct 22nd, titled  We’re a post-imperial rounding error  was so true, so incisive that I urge you to log on and read it in its entirety.  In our day-to-day dealings in the genealogy world, we are often asked by Irish descendants ‘what is going on’?   Why do the British want to leave the […]

Kerry Births Marriages & Deaths

Kerry Births Marriages & Deaths

Researching Kerry Births, Marriages and Deaths can be problematic. The most frustrating queries I get both personally on MyKerryAncestors.com and at my work on the Genealogy Advisory Service at the National Library are the sincere and sometimes emotion laden requests to trace ancestors with little or no information on dates or even locations.  To find […]

Killarney yesterday and 1861

Killarney yesterday and 1861

Yesterday we visited Killarney for a walk.  This time we choose the Fossa Way which starts just inside the gate of Killarney National Park (Knockreer Estate entrance).   A notice at the gate alerted us to the Deer Rut which happens in the Park at this time every year.  This walk is a loop walk with […]

Emigration Valentia 1883

Emigration Valentia 1883

This is the story of mass emigration from the Iveragh Peninsula in 1883.   Two ships were chartered and assisted passage was provided to take entire families away from South Kerry to New York in this case.   1,200 in total left.   ‘There were 253 pupils in the Ballyhearney National School before the 2nd ship sailed. The […]