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Fr. Ferris’s Parish

Priest’s history will be a real collector’s item From  Posted on January 12, 2024 by John O’Mahony A fascinating history of the parishes of Rathmore, Gneeveguilla and Knocknagree is to be published – 100 years after it was written. The manuscripts penned by Fr William Ferris, a priest of the Kerry Diocese, in the mid 1920s, will […]

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 […]

Killarney Lying-in I...

Last month I was perplexed by a query I received from a descendant whose ancestor had been  born in the ‘Killarney Lying-in Institution’.   I had never heard of it and set off to research it.  I was able to access a print-out from Civil Registration of the actual birth of Richard Byrne in April 1870.  […]