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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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  • 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 Story of Dún an Óir and a Vindication of Sir Walter Raleigh (Valerie Mck. Bary)
    • 'Cloigne: Cnámha agus Creatlacha'-An Teampall Bán sa Traidisiún Béil (Seán mac an tSithigh)
    • Lordship and Colony in Anglo-Norman Kerry, 1177-1400 (Paul MacCotter)
    • The Killarney Deer Forests Clearances -Fact or Fiction? (Seán Ryan)
    • Hedge Schools of Kerry (Tony Lyons)
    • Our Onomastic Heritage: The Gaelic System of Personal Names, Surnames and Tribal Names - Categories and Sources (Paul David Tempan)
    • The Ferriters of Kerry: Addenda and Corrigenda (Paul MacCotter)
  • Articles featured:
    • Some notes on the names of six Kerry Mountains (Paul Tempan)
    • Sir William Herbert's 'Description of Munster': An annotated colonial text (Claudia J. Young-Palmer)
    • Birth, Marriage and Death notices of Kerry’s Estated Gentlemen, principally from the Revolutionary and Napoleonic eras (Gerard O’Carroll)
    • The Godfrey Estate during The Great Famine (John Knightly)
    • Some notable Kerry Clergymen in the established Church of Ireland (Gerard O’Carroll)
    • Lindsey Talbot Crosbie of Ardfert: Campaigner for conciliation (Bryan McMahon)
    • The Rev. Robert Martin Hilliard (1904 -1937) (John Corcoran)
  • Articles featured:
    • A Hot Property: The Morphology and Archaeology of the Irish Fulachta Fiadh (Emer Dennehy)
    • A critique of the evidence recently presented for the existence of the Viking Maritime Havens and associated Rural Settlement in Ireland (Michael Gibbons and Myles Gibbons)
    • Kerry Place-names in two Twelfth-Century poems (Diarmuid O Murchadha)
    • The Earl of Desmond's Navy (Niall O'Brien)
    • A history of bog butter finds in Kerry since 1854 and some recent Radiocarbon Dating evidence (Chris Synnott)
    • A Sweathouse at Caherlehillian, Co. Kerry (Aidan Harte)
    • Ralph Sneyd and Muckross: An English Squire who aspired to ownership of Muckross House and Muckross Estate 1890-1902 (Sean Ryan)
    • Sloinnteoireacht: John Lyne’s Collection of Sliabh Luachra Genealogies (Tomás G Ó Canann)
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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:
    • 'The First Earl of Desmond as Other than 'Rebellious': A Challenge to G.O. Sayles' (Michael (M.J.) Fitzgerald)
    • An Ancient Paddle From near Knocknagoshel (Griffin Murray)
    • Piaras Feirtéir (Noel E. French)
    • The Tralee Workhouse and the Poor Laws 1832-1850 (John F. Doyle)
    • Records of St. James' Church and Graveyard, Ballyheigue (Bryan MacMahon)
  • 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:
    • Dorchadas gan Phan - The History of Ceallúnaigh in Co. Kerry (Emer A. Dennehy)
    • Pádraig O’Keeffe: The Last Fiddle Master (Pat Feeley)
    • An Excavation of a Crematorium at Rockfield, Co. Kerry (Tracy Collins)
    • The Ferriters of Kerry (Paul MacCotter)
    • The Tralee Election of 1832 (Bob Fitzsimons)
    • Eleanor Godfrey - A Tradition of Landlord Philanthropy (John G. Knightly)
    • The Tralee Labourers Strike of 1896: An Episode in Ireland's 'New Unionism' (Paul Dillion)
    • Revolutionary Movements in Kerry 1913-23: A Social & Political Analysis (cntd.) (Kieran McNulty)
  • 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:
    • The Phoenix Society in Kerry, 1858-9 (Seán Ó Luing)
    • Studies in West Munster History II: Alltraighe (Donncha Ó Corráin)
    • An Athair Brasbie (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Some Quernstones in Private Possession in Co. Kerry (Seamus Caulfield)
    • Traditions of Glin and its Neighbourhood (Thomas F. Culhane)
    • ‘Tuath Siosta na bhfionna-bhrú n-aolta’ (Seán Ó Suilleabháin)
    • Charles O’Brien’s Agricultural Survey of Kerry, 1800 (concl.) (M.G. Moyles and 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 Stone Circles of County Kerry (Seán Ó Nualláin)
    • William Molyneaux’s Geographical Collections for Kerry (William O’Sullivan)
    • Notes on the Volunteers, Militia, Yeomanry and Fencibles of Kerry (Pádraig Ó Snodaigh)
    • A Sidelight on the 1843 Affray at Ballyeagh (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Daniel O’Connell, Intimidation and the Kerry Elections of 1835 (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • Two Welsh Visitors to Kerry in 1852 (Pádraig ÓRiain)
    • Aspects of the Fenian Rising in Kerry, 1867 II Aftermath (Seán Ó Luing)
    • David Moriarty (1814-77): II. Reforming a Diocese (Rev. Kieran Ó’ Shea)
    • Seachas ar Léamh agus Scriobh na Gaeilge í gCorca Dhuibhne (Tómas Ó hAilín)
    • Aspects of the Fenian Rising in Kerry, 1867: 11. Aftermath
  • Articles featured:
    • The Building-history of Ratass Church (Peter Harbison)
    • The Origin of the Pierse Family of County Kerry (John H. Pierse)
    • Sir Richard Cox’ s Description of Kerry, 1687 (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Lord Orrery's Travels in Kerry, 1735 (The Knight of Glin)
    • Insights into Fifty Years of Episcopal Elections (1774-1824) (Sister M. Angela Bolster)
    • An Scoláire Bán (Pádraig deBrún)
    • David Moriarty (1814-77): III. Politics (Rev. Kieran O’ Shea)
    • Aspects of the Fenian Rising in Kerry, 1867: III Prelude to the Trials (Séan Ó Lúing)
    • Primary Education in Kerry One Hundred Years Ago (Michael Quane)
    • Miscellanea
  • 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:
    • 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:
    • Excavation of a Fulacht Fiadh at Dromkeen East, Causeway (Dermot C. Twohig)
    • An Ogham Stone and Cross-Slab from Ratass Church, Tralee (Thomas Fanning)
    • Land Tenure in Kenmare and Tuosist, 1696-c 1716 (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • Three early nineteenth-century Diocesan Reports (Rev. Kieran O’ Shea)
    • The Franciscan Friary, Killarney, 1860-1902 (Rev. Patrick Conlan)
    • Robin Flower, Oileánach agus Máistir Léinn (Seán Ó Lúing)
    • Miscellanea:
      • Pendant Whetstone (Dermot C. Twohig)
      • The Will of Henry Griffin of Riverton, 1795 (Patrick Melvin)
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