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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:
    • 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:
    • 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:
    • 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)
  • Articles featured:
    • Richard Ferris, 1754-1828 (Mary Purcell)
    • Further Fragments of the Civil Survey (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Some Lists of Kerry Priests, 1750-1835 (Pádraig de Brún)
    • Popular Protest Movements in Kerry, 1770-1800 (Maurice J. Bric)
    • Rev. Daniel A. Beaufort’ s Tour of Kerry, 1788 (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • A Bronze Age Cist Grave at Pound, Portmagee (Rose M. Cleary)
    • Unrecorded Tower House in Kilcoleman Parish with Notes on the Godfrey Family (Valerie M. Bary)
  • Articles featured:
    • John Townsend Trench's Reports on the Lansdowne Estates in Kerry 1863-73 (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • The 1732 Religious Returns and the Evolution of Protestant Kerry (David Dickson)
    • Tralee Voters in 1835 (Pádraig de Brún)
    • William Maunsell Hennessy, Celtic Scholar, 1829-89 (Seán Ó Luing)
    • Educational Innovations in the Kerry Gaeltacht 1904-22 (Thomas A. O’Donoghue)
    • Excavations at Ferriter’ s Cove, 1985-6 (P.C. Woodman)
    • A Wedge Tomb and Other Antiquities at Drombohilly Upper (Elizabeth Twohig)
    • Excavations of the Two Long Stone Cists at Dromkeen East, Causeway (Isabel Bennett)
  • 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:
    • Lament for Garret Pierse of Aghamore, Slain at Liscarroll 1642 (John H. Pierse & Pádraig de Brún)
    • Verbum Scriptum Manet (An tAthair Michéal Ó Mainín)
    • The Godfrey Papers: Abstracts of the 18th Century Deeds (Valerie McK. Bary and Jane Spring)
    • Marie-Louise Sjoestedt, Celtic Scholar, 1900-1940 (Seán Ó Luing)
    • New Light on Material Concealed by Roger Casement near Banna Strand (Gerard J. Lyne)
    • Two Stone Circles at Uragh, Kenmare (Elizabeth Twohig)
  • 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:
    • 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)
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