The Kerry Heritage Award was first initiated by the Society in 1986, to honour individuals and organisations who had made a major contribution in the areas of research, development, and/or promotion of the County’s culture and heritage.

The Award has been presented to date to the following individuals:

Year Recipient Year Recipient
2022 Cara Trant 2004 Tadhg Ó Coileáin
2021 Ted Creedon 2003 John Sheehan
2020 Bryan MacMahon 2002 Dr Noel Kissane
2019 Dr Patricia O’Hare 2001 Mon. Pádraig Ó Fiannachta
2018 Helen O’Carroll 2000 Tomás Breatnach
2017 Founders of the
Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society
Tom Armitage, Kathleen Browne (neé
Turner) and Margaret Stack
Frank King
Tom Finn
Sr Anslem Nic Ghearailt
Paddy D’Arcy
2016 Fr Anthony Gaughan 1995 Gerry O’Leary
2015 Marie O’Sullivan 1994 Donncha Ó Conchúir
2014 Seán Seosamh Ó Chonchubhair 1993 Seán Ó Dubhda
2013 Jack McKenna 1992 Rev. Kieran O’Shea
2012 Connie Murphy 1991 Kit Ahern
2011 Valerie Bary 1990 Kathleen Browne
2010 Isabel Bennett 1989 Walter McGrath
2009 An tAthair Tomás Ó Luanaigh 1988 Dominican Abbey Memorial Committee
2008 Dr Margaret MacCurtain, O.P. 1987 Canon Jack McKenna
2007 An tAthair Gearóid Ó Donnchadha 1986 Judith Cuppage
2006 Dr Declan Downey
2005 Gerard Lyne