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Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society

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.

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  • Articles featured:
    • Regular Contributors to the Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, 1968 to 2020 (Paul McCotter)
    • Past lifeways between the Maine and the Laune: Archaeological excavations on the N70 Kilderry Bends Road Improvement Scheme (Kerri Cleary, Ed Lyne and John Olney)
    • The Castle of the Island (Robert McGuire)
    • Recent rock art discoveries in Kerry: An exponential rise in the known numbers of rock art panels (Aoibheann Lambe)
    • Luíochán Lios Póil (Micheál Ó Moráin)
    • A quintet of editors - celebrating the first 50 years of the publication of this Journal (Isabel Bennett)
  • Articles featured:
    • The Coast Guard on the Dingle Peninsula (Ted Creedon)
    • From Kerry to Gloucestershire - The Stoughton family of Ballyhorgan. Gortigrenane and Owlpen (Fergal Browne)
    • Travel, Transport and the Roads in the Knockanore Area (Micheál Ó Ciosáin and Noel Kissane)
    • Bonane Heritage Park Dugout Boat Project (Dr. Niall Gregory)
    • The Irish Transport & General Workers’ Union in Kerry, 1909-1930 (Francis Devine)
  • Articles featured:
    • The Early Years of Tralee Workhouse, 1840-45 (Bryan MacMahon)
    • Transience and Permanency - Four Thousand years of settlement on the Dingle Peninsula: Archaeological Excavations near Lispole and Camp in advance of the N86 Road Scheme (2015-2016 Bruce Sutton)
    • Kerry's Jewish People (Lorcan Harney)
    • 'Between a rock and a hard place' - The Limerick Jail Escape (Martin Moore)
    • The Irish Transport & General Workers’ Union in Kerry, 1909-1930 (Francis Devine)
  • 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)