The Kerry Magazine

The Kerry Magazine is an annual publication of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society. It was first published in 1989, when it was primarily intended as a newsletter to keep members abreast of activities within the Society.

This has grown over the years into a much-respected stand-alone publication, which provides a platform for both academics and non-academics to publish short articles, pertaining not only to archaeology/history but also to the wider culture and heritage of the County.

Articles submitted for consideration for publication by the editorial sub-committee of The Kerry Magazine, should be submitted by May 15 of any given year. We welcome short articles (maximum 2500 words) from both academics and non-academics related to any aspect of Kerry’s rich and diverse culture and heritage. Contributors are also required to submit appropriate illustrations and a brief biographical note for publication in our Contributors’ List.

For queries relating to The Kerry Magazine or for a copy of our Contributor’s Guidelines, please email

The complete index to the articles published in our magazine may be searched by entering a keyword/author’s name/title in the above search box, or downloaded here. Please note, there was no edition published in 2004.


Magazines Available to Purchase

    • A Note from Our President
    • Cartwheels, Stócachs and the Battering Ram: Forgotten Aspects of Munster’s Skellig Shrove Traditions (Shane Lehane)
    • John Kerin (1753-1823) (Sylvia Turner)
    • Canon Brosnan and Cnoc na dTobair, Cahirciveen (Maurice J. Bric)
    • Fr John J. Kennedy DSO: Republican and Imperial War Hero (Lorcán Ó Cinnéide)
    • Ballymullen Barracks, Tralee & the Soldiers who Served, Part 1 (Tommy Martin)
    • Muintir Chiarraí agus Craobh an Chéitinnigh: Kerry connections with the Keating Branch of the Gaelic League, 1901-1916 (Mary Mac Diarmada)
    • Playing Cat by the Shores of Loch Léin, Killarney (Fr Tom Looney)
    • From Kerry to Kildare Street: The Aglish Cross Inscribed Ogham Stone (Tony Bergin)
    • Engaging Young People in History and Heritage: Kerry Heritage Hunters and Kerry Young Historian Award 2023 (Claudia Köhler & Victoria McCarthy)
    • Fiana Fail in Kerry: from Anti-Treaty Insurrection to State Power. (Thomas Earls Fitzgerald)
    • A Civil War Letter by Guerilla Leader Tom Barry to his Mother (Dr Patricia O’Hare)
    • A Lost Opportunity for an End to the Civil War in Kerry (Bryan MacMahon)
    • A visit to the Palace of Westminster (J. Anthony Gaughan)
    • Murder of Batty McCarthy and Trial of his Killer William Little 1916-1917 (Young Kerry Historian of the Year -Kieran Cahill)
    • Lassinagh House (Young Kerry Historian - Junior Category: Aaron Harty)
    • Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Programme 2023
    • 2024 Events - Programme Highlights
    • Obituaries
    • Contributors’ List
    • 2023: A Year of Commemorations
    • Kerry Publications 2023
    • Annual Membership Renewal
    • Membership Application Form
    • A Note from Our President
    • Kerry Group: 50 Years Expanding Horizons (Tony Bergin)
    • Iveragh’s Repealers: the “Monster Meeting” at Kilpeacon, July 1843 (Maurice Bric)
    • The Massacre At Dún An Óir, 1580 (Conor Brosnan)
    • Remembering the Man from Kilsarkan, 360 Years on: Daniel Dominic O’Daly (1595-1662), Portugal’s Ambassador Extraordinaire (Declan M. Downey)
    • Student Week in the West (Alun Evans)
    • Memorial Plaque at Listowel Garda Station (J. Anthony Gaughan)
    • Writing Kerry’s Poor into History (Colum Kenny)
    • In Search of Dar Erca, the Saint of Valentia Island (Elva Johnston)
    • Village Change: based on my interview with the late John P. “The Tailor” Brosnan, Scartaglin, shortly before his death in 2001 (Tommy Martin)
    • Light Keeper’s Role in Historic Bird Migration Study at An Tearaght (Gay McCarron)
    • Ellen O’Connell and the Political Power of a Poem (Olivia O’Leary)
    • 1881: Tumultuous Court Cases, Agitation and Discontent in The Brosna Land War (Tom Roche)
    • The Repeal of the Act of Union 1801 Meeting in Ardfert on June 18, 1843 (Sylvia Turner)
    • Henry Shaw: A notable American Visitor to Co. Kerry in 1840 (Peter Wyse Jackson)
    • Kerry Young Historian of the Year, Senior Category My Great Grandfather Jan Danielak (1891-1944) (Mira Danielak)
    • Kerry Young Historian of the Year, Junior Category Dicksgrove – A History (Jack Blanchfield)
    • Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Programme 2022
    • Obituaries
    • Contributors’ List
    • Kerry Publications 2022
    • Membership Application Form
    • A Note from Our President
    • Lord Kenmare versus the Working Man: The Killarney Strike of 1917 (Tim Horgan)
    • The Fall of the Fitzmaurices - The Demise of Kerry’s First Family (Kay Caball)
    • Historical Sources for the study of the War of Independence in County Kerry (Tom Dillon)
    • A Chinese Kerry Interlude (J. Anthony Gaughan)
    • Ventry Protestant Church and Collegiate School (Bryan MacMahon)
    • The Book Trade in Kerry (Paul Dillon)
    • Shipwreck of the Dictator (Christopher Warner)
    • The Brosna Newspaperman who founded The Irish American Advocate: John C. O’Connor (1868-1946) (Tom Roche)
    • Tralee Imports and Exports of Food through the Port of Tralee during the Great Famine (Conor Brosnan & Kieran Murphy)
    • The Legacy of Arabella Denny and the Magdalen Asylum (Sylvia Turner)
    • Amelia Wilmot (1874-1955) Recovering a Kerrywoman’s Lost Revolutionary History (Mary McAuliffe)
    • Minutes of Killarney Dispensary and Fever Hospital 1813-1900 (Patricia O’Hare)
    • Teenage Takeover: What happens when young people are in charge of the past? (Claudia Köhler)
    • The Kerry Young Historian of the Year Award (Victoria McCarthy & Claudia Köhler)
    • Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Programme 2021
    • Obituaries
    • Contributors’ List
    • Kerry Publications October 2019 - December 2020
    • Membership Application Form
    • President's Address (Marie O'Sullivan)
    • Hon. Secretary's Report, 2016
    • Scoil Naomh Eoin Báiste, Lios Póil: Tomás Ághas Remembered: Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Outreach Programme
    • Tralee 800 Conference, November 4-6, 2016 (Isabel Bennett)
    • Michael Glazier, Kerryman Extraordinare (Bryan MacMahon)
    • The Archaeology of Cosán na Naomh - The Saints' Road Pilgrim Path on the Dingle Peninsula (Isabel Bennett)
    • A Vicious Boycott, Firies, January 1886 - April 1888 (Gay McCarron)
    • Tomás Ághas Centenary 2017 (Tony Bergin)
    • Seán Ó Riada 1882-1967 Oileán Chiarraí agus Nua Eabhrac: Gaeilgeoir agus Poblachtánach (Éamonn Ó Braoin)
    • The Roman Catholic Chapel, Chapel Lane, Killarney (Connor Doolan)
    • An tAthair Máirtín Ó Mathúna Mártán Ó Mathghamhna 1879-1944 (Éamonn Ó Braoin)
    • The Anchors of the 1916 Gun-Running Ship Aud return to Tralee Bay after 100 years under the Sea - Part Two (Laurence Dunne)
    • The Palatines (Padraig Ó Conchubhair)
    • District Inspector Michael John Hunt of The Royal Irish Constabulary and Greys Lane, Dingle 1911-1915 (Dan Graham)
    • Boat building in Dingle (John O'Connor)
    • On the Road with the Kerry Junior Football Team: 1954 (Fr J. Anthony Gaughan)
    • The Gaelic Irish Chief: Past, Present & Future (Tighe & Elizabeth O’Donoghue/Ross)
    • Alexander Nimmo and the making of Knightstown on Valentia Island - A New Village in the 1830s (Dr Arnold Horner)
    • Dermot Browne’s Letters from the Western Front (Patricia O’Hare)
    • The Transplantation of the Laois Septs to Kerry and of their Descendants in Kerry over four Centuries (Dr Michael Keane)
    • Saint Moling - A Native of Brosna (Donal J. O’Sullivan)
    • The Ballyheigue Wreck, County Kerry (Dr Connie Kelliher)
    • Golden Jubilee Seminar: Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society 1967 - 2017
    • Obituaries: Chris Nolan, Fr Gearóid Ó Donnchadha, Monsignor Pádraig Ó Fiannachta
    • Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Programme 2018
    • Contributor’s List
    • Kerry Publications October 2016-August 2017
    • President’s Address (Marie O'Sullivan)
    • Hon. Secretary’s Report 2018
    • Maurice Neligan: A Labour Organiser in Kerry, 1918-1920 (Dr Paul Dillon)
    • Scartaglin: Area Mapping Surveys and Surrounding Place-name Definitions (Jerry Flynn)
    • Outpost of Empire-The Dingle Royal Constabulary Barracks, 1886-1922 (Dan Graham)
    • Mapping Kerry 450 Years Ago (Dr Arnold Horner)
    • From Kerry to Laois: The Return of the Seven Septs (Dr Michael Christopher Keane)
    • The Tomb in the Lab: A Major Science Week Event Exploring Killaclohane Portal Tomb (Claudia Köhler & Jemma O’Connell)
    • Corporal Thomas Joseph Murray and the Connaught Rangers Mutiny of 1920 (Bryan MacMahon)
    • Architecture Kerry 2018 (Victoria McCarthy)
    • Life on the Tearaght 1883 - 1886 (Gay McCarron)
    • A Description of Castleisland Castle by Sir William Herbert 1590 (Robert McGuire)
    • Faction Fighters of County Kerry (Seán Moraghan)
    • Saleen Pier (Pádraig Ó Concubhair)
    • Ryan’s Daughter in Dingle – A 50th Anniversary Recollection (John O’Connor)
    • The Visit of the Prince of Wales to Killarney – April 1858 (Dr Patricia O’Hare)
    • A Well-Travelled Uniform-The Life of Captain R. E. Palmer (Jude O’Gorman)
    • Cogadh Na Saoirse i gCiarraí Thiar (Noel O Murchú)
    • The Life and Times of James Boothby Roche MP for East Kerry and Great- Grandfather to Diana, Princess of Wales (Tom Roche)
    • James Kerin (1779-1848) Surgeon (Sylvia Turner)
    • Muckross Lichen Collections in the Natural History Museum, London (Roy Vickery)
    • Obituaries
    • Tralee Medieval Society
    • Contributors’ List
    • Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Programme 2020
    • Kerry Publications October 2018 - September 2019
    • Membership Application Form
    • Call for Participation: The Young Kerry Archaeologists’ Club
    • President's Address (Marie O'Sullivan)
    • Hon. Secretary's Report, 2017
    • Launch of The Kerry Magazine, No. 29, 2018, Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Kerry Library HQ, Tuesday, November 28, 2017 (John Breen)
    • We Always Vote Redmond in This House (Dr Pat McCarthy)
    • The Rose of Tralee International Festival: Connecting the Global Irish Community since 1959 (John Drummey)
    • The Architecture and Landscape of Tralee Castle (Victoria McCarthy)
    • Siamsa Tíre – 50 Bliain ag Fás: From Fadó Fadó to Anam (Caitriona Fallon)
    • 10 Years of Tionól Mhic Easmainn (Dr Aoife Ní Chonchubhair)
    • John Francis Marshall Miles - Dingle Doctor, Magistrate and Humanitarian 1847-1912 (Dan Graham)
    • Views from the Sea: Four Little-known Images of Kerry Harbours in the 1630s (Dr Arnold Horner)
    • 1848 i gCiarraí agus in Iarthar Luimnighe (Pádraig Ó Concubhair)
    • Harry Clarke’s Windows for Diseart Chapel, Presentation Convent, Dingle (Dr Roisin Kennedy)
    • Phoenix Paradiso (John O’Connor)
    • Ancient Tomb - Youthful Imagination: Killaclohane Portal Tomb: An Innovative Approach to Heritage Education in Kerry (Claudia Köhler)
    • Christy O’Grady: Patriot, Prisoner and Professor (Jude O’Gorman)
    • 500 Years after Martin Luther: The Reformation and Its Legacy in Kerry (Venerable Simon J. Lumby)
    • Mallets and Clubs: Victorian Pastimes from the ‘Big House’ (Patricia O’Hare)
    • Anthony Trollope and Isaac Butt in Tralee Courthouse in 1849 (Bryan MacMahon)
    • The Harrington Brothers and Their Kerry Connections (Donal J. O’Sullivan)
    • ‘Women Voted Early and in Large Numbers’; Irishwomen, Activism, and the 1918 General Election (Dr Mary McAuliffe)
    • Farranfore: A Village on a Crossroads in the Centre of Kerry (Marie O’Sullivan)
    • Fr William Ferris’s History of BallymacElligott: The Book, the Bishop and the Ban (Brendan McCarthy)
    • Major Charles George Fairfield of Loyal Mount Eagle Lodge, Brosna, County Kerry (Tom Roche)
    • Royal Visit to Kerry - June 15, 2018General Data Protection Regulation Requirements
    • Obituaries
    • Contributors’ List
    • Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Programme 2019
    • Kerry Publications September 2017 - October 2018
    • 1997 A.G.M. President’s Address (O Coileáin, Tadhg)
    • Hon. Secretary’s Report 1996 (Browne, Kathleen)
    • Notes on a Medieval Bronze Bell (Bary, Valerie & Teahan, Shelann)
    • O’Connell – The Liberator: His death, Funeral and Local Reaction (Lehane, Shane)
    • The Building Stones of Tralee: a walking trail (Wyse Jackson, Patrick N.)
    • Kerry in Antiquarian Sea Charts (Pierse, J. D.)
    • The Dingle Fish Trawling Controversy 1849-1862 (Graham, Dan)
    • The Fate of John B. Kearney: District Inspector of the R.I.C. and Superintendent of the Civic Guard (O’Sullivan, Donal)
    • Praise for William Talbot Crosbie of Ardfert (McMahon, Bryan)
    • Molahiff House (Bary, Valerie)
    • Zouche: an Elizabethan in Kerry (Finn, Tom)
    • John Dominic Nagle: Dingle Antiquary (McMorran, Russell)
    • Logainmeacha atá le faghail í bParóiste an tSraidbhaile i gceanntar an Leithriugh atá i mBarúntacht Corca Dhuibhne, Co. Chiarraí (Ó Dubhda, Sean)
    • Faction Fighting in Kerry Balleagh Strand, 1834 (Browne, Eamon)
    • Big Drummer to the Emperor of Morocco Arthur O'Leary (1834 – 1919) (Fitzsimons, Dr Bob)
    • Tralee's First Composer (Fitzsimmons, Bob)
    • "Not so Much about the Cabbage Garden!" Kerry and the Year of Revolution- 1848 (Ó Concubhair, Pádraig)
    • Michael J. Quill Memorial Centre, Killgarvan (Kelliher, Mary)
    • List of Books on Kerry and by Kerry Authors 1996
    • President's Address (Ahearn, Kit)
    • Hon. Secretary’s Report 1994 (Browne, Kathleen)
    • The Tithe Applotment Books as a County Kerry Genealogical Source (O'Connor, Thomas)
    • A Come-Uppance for Billy the Leveller (McMahon, Bryan)
    • List of Publications on Kerry and by Kerry Authors 1994
    • Patrick Ganly (1809 – 1899) and the discovery of evidence of way-up in rocks on the Dingle Peninsula. (Wyse Jackson, Patrick N.)
    • A Stone Alignment at Knockrower West (O'Hare, Patricia)
    • Richard Blennerhassett – Ships Doctor (O'Carroll, Helen)
    • Dunloe Castle 1812, More on Daniel of Dunloe (Mahony, Dan)
    • Michael Doheny and James Stephens in Kerry (McMorran, Russell)
    • The Pre-famine Fishing Industry on the Dingle Peninsula (Graham, Dan)
    • The Church Education Society, Ballylongford and the Famine (Ó’Concubhair, Pádraig)
    • Some Memories of Kerry Railways in the Days of Steam (Davies, Michael)
    • Memories of the Fit-Ups (Houlihan, Patrick)
    • Flesk Cottage (Bary, Valerie)
    • North Kerry Placename (Ua Ciarrbhaic, Tomás)
    • 1995 Field Outings (O’Leary, Gerry)
    • Killarney Genealogical Centre (Browne, Kathleen)
    • Ross Castle Official Opening 1993
    • Bronze Tribute to Maurice Walsh (McOwan, Rennie)
    • Dun an Óir – Fortress of the Gold. How did it get its name? (Finn, Tom)
    • President’s address to 1993 A.G.M.(Ahearn, Kit)
    • Hon. Secretary’s Report 1993 (Browne, Kathleen)
    • The Last Oak Forest of Corcaguiney (Monahan, Ray)
    • A Unique Carved Stone from Aghadoe (Kissane, Dr. Michael A.)
    • ‘Is Fada an Luan Í, A Chuain’ (Ó Cathasaigh, Roibeard)
    • Ionad an Bhlascaoid Mhóir-The Great Blasket Centre (de Mórdha, Michéal)
    • Index - KAHS Magazine 1989 - 2010
    • Inish Tiaracht Lighthouse Blasket Islands Co. Kerry (1870-1988) (Graham, Dan)
    • Daniel of Dunloe (Mahony, Dan) Placenames in Tralee (Ó Riordáin, Micheál)
    • List of Publications on Kerry and by Kerry Authors 1993 Museum Chorca Dhuibhne (Bennett, Isabel)
    • Roads in North Kerry (Ó Concubhair, Pádraig)
    • The Jeanie Johnston 1847 – 58: Famine Ship to be reborn (O’Carroll, Helen)
    • The Sale of the Crosbie Estate at Ballyheigue 1906—7 (McMahon, Bryan)
    • Griffith’s Valuation A Genealogical Source for County Kerry (O’Connor, Thomas)
    • Alexander Nimmo in Kerry (McMorran, Russell)
    • Gortnaglough House (Bary, Valerie)
    • Heritage Awareness (Browne, Kathleen)
    • Téarmaí a bhain le tómhaiseanna i bhfeirmeireacht an Leith-Triúgh i mBarúntacht Chorcha Dhuibhne (Ó Dubhda, Seán)
    • A Hanafin Flies High and Low(McMahon, Gerard)
    • Eachtra Dearmadta I mBéal Atha Longphuirt (MacFhearghusa, Pádraig)
    • The Last Voyage and Tragic Wreck of the Port Yarrock (Mulcahy, Sheila)
    • Journal of Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Contents 1968-1990

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