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When researching your Kerry ancestors, have you noticed that almost all marriages in the 1800s took place in January or February? Did you wonder why? Well into the 20th century, the busiest time for match-making in Ireland began right after Nollag na mBan,  January 6th. This was because the Irish had misinterpreted a Church ruling […]

The Great Famine in ...

The County of Kerry suffered a drop on population of 19% between the Census of  1841 and the Census of 1851 as a result of An Gorta Mór –  from starvation, disease or emigration.  While this was the overall drop, it varied from from 52% drop in Killahan, Dunquin 48%,  to Kilflynn 9% and Killarney […]

Great Famine in Kerr...

The County of Kerry suffered a drop on population of 19% between the Census of  1841 and the Census of 1851 as a result of An Gorta Mór –  from starvation, disease or emigration.  While this was the overall drop, it varied from from 52% drop in Killahan (or Dunquin 48%) to Kilflynn 9% (or […]

The Great Famine in ...

The County of Kerry suffered a drop on population of 19% between the Census of  1841 and the Census of 1851 as a result of An Gorta Mór –  from starvation, disease or emigration.  While this was the overall drop, it varied from from 52% drop in Killahan (or Dunquin 48%) to Kilflynn 9% (or […]

Kathy Hochul – Kerry

Comhghairdeas to Kathy Hochul, making history today, elected Governor of New York state,   Kathy is a ‘Kerry Girl’!  Her grandfather John Courtney was born in 1909 at Fahamore Castlegregory. We find Kathy Hochul’s grandfather John Courtney/Cournane aged 2 with his family at Fahamore, Castlegregory on the 1911 Census of Ireland:     1911 Census of […]

Found – another Kerr

When I attempted to research the identities of the 117 Kerry Girls who went to Australia in 1849/1850 on the Earl Grey emigration scheme, there was a huge blank in finding the families of the Killarney girls.  The thirty five girls – referred to in the Killarney Workhouse minutes as the ‘Female Orphans’, left from […]

Fall of The Fitzmaur...

The Fall of the Fitzmaurices was published on 30th October last.  Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there was no possibility of a book launch, book shops were either closed entirely or dependant on click and collect.   Not good omens for sales.  The good news is that it was sold out by the end of November and […]

Tom Crean – Baptised

Tá long nua taighde le h-ainmniú in ómós don laoch Antartach, Tom Crean. The vessel will also be utilised in servicing the Irish weather buoy network and will provide very important training for third-level students of marine science and other disciplines. RTE,ie Tom Crean, famous Antarctic explorer, was born at home on the family farm at Gortacurrane, […]

Kerry Ancestors – Be

The vagaries of searching for ancestors in the Beara Peninsula and Bonane in particular are well known.    A large area of the Beara Peninsula is in Co. Cork but in the Catholic Diocese of Co. Kerry.  I am grateful to Mike Riney for his Guest Post here, giving us an excellent explanation of the […]

 
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