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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:
    • 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)
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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:
    • 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)
  • Articles featured:
    • St Lachtain of Lislaughtin: The Cork Connection (Donal Murphy)
    • Human Tapeworm Infestation in Medieval Kerry (Catryn Power)
    • Lixnaw and the Earls of Kerry (John Knightly)
    • The Grave-stone of Thomas Crosbie alias Godly, 1767 (Jude O'Gorman)
    • The Genesis of Killarney National Park (Sean Ryan)
    • Blasket Island Life and Work, 1919-23 (Alf MacLochlainn)
    • Kerry. Case Study: A review of the 17 and 31 July 1901 County Kerry Caherciveen District Council meetings (Mary McGillicuddy)
    • Politics or Play? The Tralee GAA Sports of 1885 & the fight for Irish Athletics (Richard McElligott)
    • Records of St James' Church & Graveyard, Ballyheigue Addenda & Corrigenda (Bryan MacMahon)
  • 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:
    • 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)
  • Articles featured:
    • A consideration of late Mesolithic Settlement on Ross Island, Killarney National Park (Michael Gibbons, Jim Higgins, Myles Gibbons)
    • Fionnan Kerry place-names (Paul Tempan)
    • Properties in Dingle granted to the Duke of Ormond in 1668 (Conleth Manning)
    • Dun an Óir 1580: The potential for intact Siege Archaeology (Damian Shiels)
    • An Italian Account of the Siege and Massacre at Smerwick (Aoibheann Mullan)
    • ‘My Dear Husband’: Kerry convicts and their families (Perry McIntyre)
    • Port na bPucaí - The Fairy Music of The Blaskets (Feargal Mac Amhlaoibh)
  • Articles featured:
    • Archaeological Sites on the route of the N21 Castleisland to Abbeyfeale road improvement scheme (Graham Hull and Kate Taylor. With contributions from Sían Anthony Michelle Comber, Lucy Cramp, Steve Ford and Lynne Keys)
    • Materiality and Meaning: Ogham Stone Monuments of the Dingle Peninsula (Niall Kenny)
    • An Daingean and Dingle: What’s in a name? (Paul McCotter)
    • An Teampall Bán sa Traidisiún Béil: Addendum (Seán Mac an tSithigh)
    • Politics, war and revolution: The Kenmare district 1916-1923 (Claire Turvey)
    • Another shipwreck at Inch (Jim Condon)
    • Review Article: Two important publications on the archaeology of Co. Kerry (Michael Gibbons)
  • 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:
    • 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)
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