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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.


Journals Available to Purchase

  • Articles featured:
    • Medicine and Society in 19th Century Kerry - A Life of Francis Crumpe, M.D. (Bob Fitzsimons)
    • Seán Ó Súilleabháin (1903-96), Múinteoir agus Cartlannai Béaloidis (Eoghan Ó Súilleabháin)
    • Excavations of Clocáin in Glin North Townland, Co. Kerry (Isabel Bennett)
    • The ‘Glattjoch-Chapel in Honour of St. Virgil’- An Irish Oratory in Austria/Central Europe!? (Volker Fauler)
    • Daniel O’Connell: The Counsellor, and Our Present Constitutional Disposition (Justice Hugh O’Flaherty)
    • Review: To Make the Stones Sing, Poems by Paddy Bushe: A Perspective (Micheál Ó Fionnáin)
  • Articles featured:
    • Excavations at Reask (Thomas Fanning)
    • The Execution of the Earl of Desmond, 1468, (Art Cosgrove)
    • The Fall of the House of Desmond (Sister Margaret MacCurtain)
    • Dr Dermot Lyne: An Irish Catholic Landlord in Cork and Kerry under the Penal Laws (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • Nineteenth-century Settlements in theLesser Blasket Islands (Joan Stagles)
    • Richard Griffith and the Roads of Kerry 1 (Seán Ó Lúing)
    • A Census of the Parishes of Prior and Killemlagh, December 1834 (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Scéal Gaeilge ón Tóchar (Padraig de Brún)
    • Two Prehistoric Objects from Killarney in Buckinghamshire County Museum, Aylesbury (Peter Harbison)
    • A Neglected Sidelight on the Last Years of Ardfert Corporation (Michael Dolley)
    • 'Some Medieval Sculpture in Kerry’ - additional notes (Peter Harbison)
  • 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:
    • Rickard O'Connell (1572-1653) (Rev. Kieran O’ Shea)
    • Humfrey Owen’s Account of the Seigniory of Castleisland in 1686 (Rev. Kieran O’ Shea)
    • Land Tenure in Kenmare, Bonane and Tuosist, 1720-70 (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • The Dingle Train in the Life and Lore of Corkaguiny (David Rowlands and Walter McGrath)
    • Seán Óg Ó Caomhánagh (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)
  • Selection of articles reproduced from the KERRY ARCHAEOLOGICAL MAGAZINE, published between 1908 - 1920 General Index to Journals 1 - 29 Articles featured:
    • The Civil Journey - A Cromwellian Record (Matthew J. Byrne)
    • Some Holy Wells in Valencia and Portmagee (M. J. Delap)
    • Tobar na Molt (Bligh Talbot-Crosbie, Esq)
    • Lislaughtin Abbey (M.G. McGelligott, F.R.C.S.)
    • The Skelligs (S.M)
    • Kilcrohane (B.B.G.)
    • Ballycarbery Castle (S.M.)
    • Maum-An-Afrinn (S.M.)
    • The Post Reformation Bishops of Kerry (Rev J.C. O’Ryan, O.P.)
    • Distinguished Kerrymen (James O’Neill)
    • Some Old Tralee Notes (S.M.)
    • “Puck” Fair (S.M.)
    • A Great Kerry Physician (S.M.)
  • Articles featured:
    • Revolutionary Movements in Kerry from 1913 to 1923: A Social and Political Analysis (Kieran McNulty)
    • Kerry Militia Courts Martial: Proceedings of Regismental Courts Martial of the Kerry Militia 1808-1811 (Jane Spring and Valerie McK. Bary)
    • The Trant Family: KERRY ARCHEOLOGICAL MAGAZINE, Vol. 11, No. 2, March 1914, 237-262 (SM)
  • Articles featured:
    • Smuggling in Dingle in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (Dr Conor Brosnan)
    • A Case Study for Landscape Applications of Drone and Photogrammetry Techniques: Faha and Caherconree Hillforst, Co. Kerry (Dr James O'Driscoll)
    • Bád na nGort nDubh (Dáithí de Mórdha)
    • Quakers in Kerry during the Famine (Kay Caball)
    • Pettiocaot Government?  The borough of Dingle during the 1770's (Dr Tony Barnard)
  • Articles featured:
    • Helping the Stones to Speak: The Corca Dhuibhne 3D community project (Isabel Bennett, Nora White and Gary Devlin)
    • An Ogham stone in the Black Valley (Fionnbarr Moore)
    • References to Thomas Ashe in the Bureau of Military History Witness Statements (Tony Bergin)
    • Townland, ‘Gneeve’ and ‘Cos’; Land taxes and ‘Cows’ grass’ (JF Collins)
    • Íochtar Cua & the Stone Rows of Kerry (Michael Connolly)
  • Articles featured:
    • The Earlier Geraldine Knights of Kerry (Paul MacCotter)
    • Ardfert witnesses at the Trial of Roger Casement (Helen O’Carroll)
    • ‘For Having Robbed His Ship On The High Seas’, Tomás Maol Ó Cearna, John D. Nagle and a Blasket Crew in Belfast (Dáithí de Mórdha)
    • Glanbane Hillfort and the Bronze Age in Kerry (William O’Brien, James O’Driscoll and Nick Hogan)
    • Law and Disorder, Listowel Union 1845-1852 (John Pierse and Martina Flynn)
    • The Desmond Wars -The Beginning of the End of the Gaelic Order (Elizabeth & Tigh O’Donoghue Ross)
    • The Killing of Sir Arthur Vicars, April 1921: An Exceptional Case?(Conor Joy)
    • Miscellanea: 1. Holy Cross Church Kenmare 150: Review (Séamus Mac Gabhann)
  • 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)
  • Articles featured:
    • A Tale of Two Cathedrals: Aghadoe and Arfdert - 12th Century Religious Reform (Elizabeth O’Donoghue/Ross)
    • Historical Fisheries: Irish Pilchard Fishery and Historical Fish Harvesting and Processing Methods, Fish Products and Consumption (Liam Downey and Ingelise Stuijts)
    • The Copper Mines of Killarney (Des Cowman)
    • Fundraising in an Irish Provincial Town: A Story from the 19th Century (J.M. Feheney)
    • ‘De Bello Clerico’: Fr Batt O’Connor’s attack on the Evangelical Missionaries (Hugh O’Reilly)
    • Seachtain na Cásca 1916 I gCiarraíl (Pádraig Ó Siochfhradha, An Seabhac (in eagar ag Feargal Mac Amhlaoibh)
  • Articles featured:
    • The Coming of the Gael: How and why one saga of Invasion became Three - All Roads Lead to Kerry (Tighe O’Donoghue/Ross)
    • Exploring the evidence for Early Medieval Pilgrimage at Kilcolman (Louise Nugent)
    • James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond, and Catherine Fitzgerald concerning W.F. Butler’s treatise on ‘An Irish legend of the origins of the Barons of Cahir (Glen Paul Hammond)
    • Captain Right: The Rightboy Movement of the Late 18th Century (Elizabeth O’Donoghue/Ross)
    • ‘De Bello Clerico’: Fr Batt O’Connor’s attack on the Evangelical Missionaries (Hugh O’Reilly)
    • Anáil an Bhlascaoid Mhóir as Shaothar Sheoirse Mhic Thomáis (Aogán Ó hIarlaithe)
    • The Sandmen and their Sandboats in Kerry's Agri and Maritime History (Tomás B. Ó Luanaigh)
  • Articles featured:
    • Rock Art and the Kerry-Galicia Connection (Muiris O’Sullivan)
    • A Bronze Age landscape at Farranstack, Lisselton, Co. Kerry (Marion Dowd)
    • Clusach Ó Failbhe, ‘Bothar na Scairte’ and Church Island: Memories of Tsunamis in Kerry? (Alan R. Hayden)
    • Pluais Na Scríob: An Analysis of the Glanrastel Inscriptions (Anneli O'Neil)
    • An Early Medieval Horizontal Mill at Aghacurreen, Co. Kerry (Tony Bartlett)
    • The Earl of Essex’s descent into Munster (Valerie M. Bary)
    • Fr Batt O’Connor and the Killorglin Tithe War 1835 (Hugh O'Reilly)
    • Some Occupiers and Tenants of Lower Castle Street, Tralee, 1835-1955 (Mark Codd)
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