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An American Wake in ...

Muiris Bric, a native of Na Gorta Dubha, Ballyferriter, is now a long-term resident of New Rochelle, New York. Maurice has a great memory for the significant events of his childhood at home in the Dingle Peninsula as in this memory of An American Wake. Muiris says  ‘This is the story of Múraí, real name […]

Lord Ventry’s tenant

On Tuesday  17th  September, at midnight, Kathy Hochul (born Kathleen Courtney),   New York’s first female governor, will take office.   Kathy will be moving into the Governor’s Mansion in Albany  New York –  it has housed governors and their families since 1875.   It is at some remove from where the Courtney/Cournane family lived in Ireland in […]

Faith & Fury – Dingl

A most interesting book – for all those interested in history and genealogy in Kerry in the early half of the 19th century – was published this week. While we are aware  of the campaign to evangelise or convert the  Irish-speaking community in Kerry, to date we have very few exact details.    This book […]

Killarney to Van Die...

This is an unusual blog.  Together with an  Australian PhD candidate, Margaret Coffey, I am trying to identify all or some of the Killarney families who were FREE emigrants to Van Diemens Land [Tasmania] in 1837.   These families were not transported there; a number of the men were tradesmen and they obviously left Kerry in […]

Emigrant’s tale 1837

The following history of his family, written in the USA by Daniel E. Harrington over a three-year period from 1830 to 1933, gives an insight into the sad times and terrible hardships of emigrants in the 1800s.    This letter appears in the Annals of Beara Vol 2 (Chapter 7).  I would like to thank […]

Kerry Emigrants to N...

We are delighted this week to promote an important database of Kerry emigrants to New Zealand between 1860 and 1875.   I have always been intrigued by the number of Kerry people who emigrated there in the first half of the twentieth century, a great number of them from the Ballymacelligott area.   Why New Zealand?   Who […]

Beara Baronies, Pari...

Searching for Kerry ancestors in the Beara Peninsula?  The Beara Peninsula is split between Counties Kerry and Cork.   It can be problematic tracing ancestor’s vital records in this area – more so than usual.   A complication arises that a number of the Beara Catholic Parishes in County Cork are in the Catholic Diocese of Kerry. […]

Fall of a Kerry Dyna...

One week after the launch of The Fall of the Fitzmaurices, I have got around to give my readers some details of the book that I started researching five years ago.   This research took me from Kerry (Lixnaw and Kenmare) to Dublin, London and Paris, not to mention calling on a number of other Kerry […]

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