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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:
    • 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:
    • 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:
    • 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)
  • 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:
    • Bronze Vessels of Kerry Provenance in the Saffron Walden Museum (C.S. Briggs & G.A. Ward)
    • An Extract from the Civil Survey (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Landlord-tenant Relations of the Shelburne Estate in Kenmare, Bonane and Tuosist, 1770-75 (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • Kildare Place Society in Kerry: I Schools & Lending Libraries, Aglish-Gunsborough (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Local Government in Dingle, Ardfert and Tralee in 1833 (Seán Ó Lúing)
    • Bishop Cornelius Egan’s Diocesan Report to Rome (Rev. Kieran O'Shea)
  • Articles featured:
    • Henry Pratt, Surveyor of Kerry Estates (J.H. Andrews)
    • Cross-slab at Ardamore (Conleth Manning)
    • Medieval Crucifix Figure from Skellig Micheal (Raghnall Ó Floinn)
    • Peter McSwiney (1783-1860) and the Vexed Succession to the Last Mac Fínín Duibh (Gerard Lyne)
    • Kildare Place Society in Kerry: II (Pádraig de Brún)
    • A Ventry Convert Group, 1842 (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Seoirse Mac Tomáis - George Derwent Thomson (Seán Ó Lúing)
    • Chain of Office (Kathleen Browne)
  • Articles featured:
    • A Gold Box from Ballinclemesig (Michael Ryan)
    • A Log Boat from Derryco (Eamonn P. Kelly)
    • Fishing in seventeenth-century Kerry: The Experience of Sir William Petty (T.C. Barnard)
    • Rev. Forster Archer's account of Kerry in 1801 (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Caoineadh ar an Easpag Ó Siochfhradha (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Kildare Place Society in Kerry: IIa (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Traditional Houses at Riasc (Alan Gailey)
    • Miscellanea:
      • Container of butter froma bog at Banemore (P. Healy)
      • Dugout wooden boat in the estuary of the Cashen (P. Healy)
  • 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:
    • Excavations at Ferriter's Cove (P.C.Woodman, M.A. Duggan and A. McCarthy).
    • The Voyage of Saint Brendan in Old French (Catherine Jennings)
    • Bonaventure O'Connor Kerry: A seventeenth-century Franciscan abroad (Rev. Cathaldus Giblin).
    • An Enterprising Cromwellian Family: The Taylors of Dunkerron (Gerard Lyne and Daniel Moriarty)
    • Three eighteenth-century Letters from Lady Theodosia Crosbie (The Knight of Glin)
    • Richard Townsend Herbert's ‘Information of the state of tithe in Kerry’, 1788 (Maurice J. Bric)
    • Michael Condon's Visit to Derrynane, 1839 (Rev. Bernard J. Canning)
    • The O’Connell Monument in Rome (Rev. Fearghus Ó Fearghaill)
    • An Extract from Bishop David Moriarty’s Diary, 1856 (Rev. Kieran O’ Shea)
    • Kruger agus a Ré (Séan Ó Luing)
    • Kildare Place Society in Kerry: IV Summary and Discussion (Pádraig de Brún)
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