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The Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society is issued free to members and is published annually.

It generally contains a variety of academic articles on topics relating to the History and archaeology of the County and nearby regions. It also sometimes carries articles about the exploits of Kerry people outside of their own home area. It is highly regarded, both at home and abroad.

The Journal is noted for the fact that it contains an index in every issue. Illustrations have always been included in articles, where relevant, and in recent years colour has begun to appear within the pages, making the Journal even more attractive.

The current editor, Tony Bergin, welcomes contributions in all relevant areas, which can be sent directly to him at . Please review Guidelines for Article submission and then contact the editor directly with your proposal.

The complete index to the articles published in our Journals may be searched by entering a keyword/author’s name/title in the above search box.


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    Series 2 Vol 12 (2012)

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    Articles featured:
    • The Vale of Tralee: A Summary of the Results of Archaeological Excavations in advance of the N22 Tralee bypass/Tralee to Bealagrellagh road (Patricia Long)
    • New discoveries near Kilflynn, Co. Kerry (Patricia Long)
    • A possible prehistoric ceremonial avenue at Ballingowan, Tralee (Colm Moloney)
    • On the right side of the tracks: Archaeological excavations at Annascaul, Co. Kerry (Rob O'Hara with Sebastien Joubert, Stuart Reilly, Ellen O'Carroll and Nikolah Gilligan)
    • A Kerryman condemned at the Old Bailey 1685 (Donal Murphy)
    • A chain of secondary education: From the last Franciscans of Muckross to today's St Brendan's College (Denis O'Donoghue)
    • A Quest for Justice: Kerry farm labourers 1870-1900 (Pádraig G. Lane)
    • Castleisand - Home of the Moonlighters (John Roche)
  • Articles featured:
    • Excavations at Reask, Co. Kerry (Thomas Fanning)
    • Some Medieval Sculpture in Kerry (Peter Harbison)
    • The Orientation of the Recumbent-Stone Circles of the South-West of Ireland (John Barber)
    • Nicholas Dall Pierse of Co. Kerry, Harper (John H. Pierse).
    • The Account-Book of a Kerry Revenue Official, 1687-9 (David Dickson)
    • A New View of eighteenth-century Life in Kerry (Sile Ní Chinnéide)
    • ‘A Song Relative to a Fight Between the Kerry Militia and Some Yeomen at Stewartstown, Co. of Tyrone’ July 1799 (Pádraig de Brún)
    • David Moriarty (1814-77): IV Ecclesiastical Affairs (Rev. Kieran O’ Shea)
    • Father McDonnell’s Visit to Derrynanein 1833 (Rev. Pádraig Ó Súilleabháin. O.F.M.)
    • Séamus Goodman (1826-96): Bailitheoir Ceoil (Breandán Breathnach)
    • Aspects of the Fenian Rising in Kerry, 1867: IV Kerry Summer Assizes, 1867: (Sean Ó Luing)
    • Miscellanea:
      • A nineteenth-century Find of Fifteenth-Century Coins from Cahirciveen (Michael Dolley)
      • An Early Reference of the Legend of Gleann na nGealt (Pádraig de Brún)
  • Articles featured:
    • The Prehistoric Peoples of Kerry: A Programme of Investigation (Michael Herity)
    • Notes on Some Kerry Souterrains (John Waddell)
    • Studies in West Munster History IIa: A further Note on the Alltraighe (Donncha Ó Corráin)
    • The FitzMaurices of Kerry (K.W. Nicholls)
    • The Seigniory of Castleisland in the seventeenth century (Patrick O’Connor)
    • A Poem on Séafraidgh Ó Donnchadha an Ghleanna (Pádraig Ó Riain)
    • Samuel Molyneaux’s Tour of Kerry, 1709 (K. Theodore Hoppen and Pádraig de Brún)
    • Thomas O’Shea, a Kerry Harper (Alf Mac Lochlainn)
    • David Moriarty (1814-77): I. The Making of a Bishop (Rev. Kieran O’Shea)
    • A Tour of John Windele's in South Kerry, 1848 (Michael Herity)
    • Pádraig Feirtéar (1856-1924): A Shaol agus a Shaothar (Séan Ó Sé)
    • Apects of the Fenian Rising in Kerry, 1867,  I: The Rising and its Background (Seán Ó Lúing)
    • The Kerry ‘Home Rule’ By-election, 1872 (Brendán Ó Cathaoir)
  • Articles featured:
    • The Kenmare Estates during the nineteenth century (James S. Donnelly, Jr.)
    • The Godfrey Papers: Abstracts of Deeds, 1800-1839 (Valerie McK. Bary and Jane Spring)
    • Medieval Regionalism in North County Kerry: Concepts and Criteria (Patrick J. O’Connor)
    • Journal of a Visit to Kerry in July 1788 (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • Letter to an Emigrant from an Old Inn at Lauragh, 1768 (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • A History of the Development of St. Brendan’ s Cathedral, Ardfert (Marie O'Sullivan)
    • Archaeological Excavations on Abbey Island, Darrynane (Cathryn Power and Martin Doody)
  • Articles featured:
    • Excavation at Dromkeen, Causeway (Dermot C. Twohig)
    • Edward Thompson's Report on the Management of Customs and Excise in County Kerry in 1733 (David Dickson)
    • Bishop Moylan's Relatio Status, 1785 (Rev. Kieran O’ Shea)
    • A Census of the Parish of Ferriter, January 1833 (Pádraig de Brún)
    • John Windele and Father John Casey: Windele's Visit to Inis Tuaisceart in 1838 (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Aspects of the Fenian Rising in Kerry, 1867: V. Personalities and Problems (Seán Ó Lúing)
    • The Corporation of Ardfert Glass Loving Cup (Caitríona Nic Leóid)
    • A Late 19th Century Kerry Forger’s Mould from Lispole (Michael K. Murphy and Michael Dolley)
    • Miscellanea:
      • A Lost Gothic Roof Boss from Tralee (Peter Harbison)
      • A Monk of Rattoo (Padraig de Brún)
      • A Hoard of So-called ‘Gun-Money’ from Causeway (Michael Dolley)
      • Ardfert in 1827 (Pádraig de Brún)
  • Articles featured:
    • Richard Ferris, 1754-1828 (Mary Purcell)
    • Further Fragments of the Civil Survey (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Some Lists of Kerry Priests, 1750-1835 (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Popular Protest Movements in Kerry, 1770-1800 (Maurice J. Bric)
    • Rev. Daniel A. Beaufort’ s Tour of Kerry, 1788 (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • A Bronze Age Cist Grave at Pound, Portmagee (Rose M. Cleary)
    • Unrecorded Tower House in Kilcoleman Parish with Notes on the Godfrey Family (Valerie M. Bary)
  • Articles featured:
    • County Kerry’s Historical Societies (Thomas Armitage)
    • Castleisland Charter School (Michael Quane)
    • Beaker Pottery in Ireland (Aedeen Cremin Madden)
    • Philip Ronayne, Gent. (F.M. Hilliard)
    • Studies in West Munster History I: The Regnal Succession in Ciarraighe Luachra, 741-1165 (Donncha Ó Corráin)
    • Some Travellers in Kerry (Seán Ó Lúing)
    • Charles O'Brien’s Agricultural Survey of Kerry, 1800 (M.G. Moyles and Pádraig de Brún)
  • Articles featured:
    • George Sandes of Listowel: Land Agent, Magistrate and Terror of North Kerry (Bryan Mac Mahon)
    • The Last Voyage of the Florence Graham (Jim Condon)
    • Kerry Veterans in the Invalides (Eoghan Ó hAnnracháin)
    • Sliocht Cormaic Mhic Cártaigh Dúna Goill (Tomás G. Ó Canann)
    • Blennerville 1800-1853: The Shifting Fortunes of a Kerry Village (Marie MacSweeney)
  • Articles featured:
    • The Souterrain in Kealduff Upper Townland, Glenbeigh - Michael Ryan
    • Fulacht Fiadh at Rath More Townland, Rathmore - Michael Ryan
    • Franciscan Friaries in Pre-reformation Kerry - Katherine Walsh
    • The Mac Finings Duibh O'Sullivans of Tuosist and Bearhaven - Gerard J. Lyne
    • Dr Nicholas Madgett's Constitutionalists Ecclesiastica, 1758 - Rev. Michael Manning
    • Richard Griffith and the Road of Kerry II - Sean Ó Lúing
    • John Windele's Visit to Skellig Michael in 1851 - Peter Harbison
  • Articles featured:
    • Kerry Souterrains (Eamonn P. Kelly)
    • The Munster Plantation Era: Rebellion, Survey & Land Transfer in Nth Kerry (Patrick J. O’Connor)
    • A Castleisland Inventory, 1590 (Rev. Kieran O’ Shea)
    • Thadaeus Moriarty O.P. c. 1603-1653 (Rev. Augustine Valkenburg, O.P.)
    • A Lost Fitzmaurice Dunaire (Pádraig de Brún).
    • General John Sigismund Maguire and the Kerry Connection (Rev. Anselm Faulkner, O.F.M.)
    • Some Documents Concerning Valentia Erasmus Smith School 1776-95 (Pádraig de Brún).
    • Lewis Dillwyn’s Visit to Kerry, 1809 (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • Kildare Place Society in Kerry: III Teachers (Pádraig de Brún).
    • Muiris Caomhánach í Meirice (Sean Ó Lúing)
  • Articles featured:
    • The Pattern of Kilmakilloge (Gerard J. Lyne)
    •  The Godfrey Papers: Abstracts and Deeds, 1840-1848 (Valerie McK. Bary and Jane Spring)
    • The Kenmare Estates during the nineteenth century (James S. Donnelly, Jr)
    • Kerry Diocese in 1890: Bishop Coffey’s Survey (Pádraig de Brún)
  • Articles featured:
    • The Kenmare Estates during the nineteenth century (James S. Donnelly, Jr.)
    • The Godfrey Papers: Abstracts of Deeds, 1850-1858 (Valerie McK. Bary and Jane Spring)
    • Kilmakilloge: Its Patron Saint and Antiquities (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • Surrender of Armada Vessel near Tralee; Exploration of the State Papers (Brendan G. McCarthy)
    • Medieval Regionalism in North County Kerry: A Region Anatomised (Patrick J. O’Connor)
    • Some Early Historic Cross-forms and Related Motifs from the Iveragh Peninsula (John Sheehan)
    • Brian Ó Ceallaigh, Tomás Ó Criomthain and Sir Roger Casement (Muiris MacConghail)
    • Two Kerry Lead-silver Mines: Kenmare and Castlemaine (Des Cowman)
  • Articles featured:
    • A Report on the Excavation of Cashel at Ballyegan, near Castleisland, Co. Kerry (Martin E. Byrne)
    • A Prehistoric Decorated Pillar Stone from Teermoyle, Co. Kerry (Michael Connolly)
    • Valentia State Slab Quarry (David Gwyn)
    • The Strange Case of Subdeacon Garlath Prendergast, OFM (1884-1911) (Ignatius Fennessy, OFM)
    • The Literature of the Blasket Islands. An Additional Bibliographical Note (Muiris MacConghail)
    • The Godfrey Papers: Abstracts of Deeds, 1860-1898 (Valerie McK. Bary and Jane Spring)
    • Thanking the Goodness and the Grace? One Woman's Story of Teaching in the National Schools in the Closing Decades of the Nineteenth Century (Susan Schreibman)
    • The use of Tower Houses and Fastnesses in the Desmond Rebellions 1565-1583 (Mary McAuliffe)
    • New Light on the Golden Lion & the Danish Silver Robbery Ballyheigue 1731 (Bryan MacMahon)
  • Articles featured:
    • Lament for Garret Pierse of Aghamore, Slain at Liscarroll 1642 (John H. Pierse & Pádraig de Brún)
    • Verbum Scriptum Manet (An tAthair Michéal Ó Mainín)
    • The Godfrey Papers: Abstracts of the 18th Century Deeds (Valerie McK. Bary and Jane Spring)
    • Marie-Louise Sjoestedt, Celtic Scholar, 1900-1940 (Seán Ó Luing)
    • New Light on Material Concealed by Roger Casement near Banna Strand (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • Two Stone Circles at Uragh, Kenmare (Elizabeth Twohig)
  • Articles featured:
    • The Famine Journal of Lieutenant H.N. Greenwell, 1846-7 (Bryan MacMahon)
    • An Investigation of Turf-Cutting Language and Practices Associated with East Limerick / North Kerry and Scotland (John A. Phayer)
    • The Kerry Days of the Knights Hospitaller (Amb. (ret.) Francis M. O’Donnell, KM)
    • Cork Mission to Peru 1965-2015: Golden Jubilee Reflection(An Canónach Tomás Ó Luanaigh)
    • The Keys of the Kingdom: The Kerry Sentinel, its Commercial & Political rivals (Patrick Fitzgerald)
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