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County Kerry (Irish: Contae Chiarraí) is a county in Ireland. It is located in the province of Munster. The county town is Tralee.

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History

The name Kerry is derived from Ciarraighe, or "people of Ciar" the name of the pre-Gaelic tribe who lived in part of the present county. In Old Irish "Ciar" (pronounced keer) meant black or dark brown, and the word continues in use in modern Irish as an adjective describing a dark complexion. It comprises 4,746 km² (1,832 square miles) with its greatest length is 69 miles from Tarbert to Bolus Head. Its greatest breadth from Mweelin Mountain east of Kenmare to Ballydavid (Smerwick Harbour) is 53½ miles. 

Around 65 AD Ciar took possession of the land from the river Maine in the south and in the north to the mouth of river Shannon and included the Dingle Peninsula. Ciar was the progenitor of the O'Connor Kerry Clan. By the 6th century it was known as Ciarraige or Ciar's Kingdom. In 1329, Maurice FitzGerald became the first Earl of Desmond over the entire county.

Towards the end of the sixteenth century, the English began arriving and laying claim to the county. This began a series of wars between the English Protestants and the Irish Catholics with the English gaining control in 1652 as part of the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. Kerry became increasingly populated by poor tenant farmers in the 17th and 18th centuries and was devastated by the Great Irish Famine of 1845-49.

In 1821, the population was 216,185 and continued to increase until 1841 to 293,880 just before the potato famine. The population was 238,254 in 1851 and decreased to 149, 171 in 1926. The population was 139,616 in 2006.

Kerry is predominately Roman Catholic. In 1861, 96.7% of the population were Roman Catholic with 3.1% of the Church of Ireland, 0.10% Presbyterians and 0.1% Methodists. There were small variations over the years. In 1911, 97.26% were Roman Catholic with 2.33% Church of Ireland, 0.17% Presbyterians and 0.17% Methodists.

General County Research Information

  • Further information about County Kerry is available at the GenUKI site.

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

  • A map of the Civil Parishes of County Kerry is available at Irish Times site.
  • A map of the Catholic Parishes of County Kerry is available at Irish Times site. 

Civil Parish - Church of Ireland

Barony Poor Law Union Catholic Parish[1] Catholic Diocese[1]
Aghadoe Dunkerron North Killarney Killarney (Fossa); also part Glenflesk Ardfert & Aghadoe
Aghadoe Magunihy Killarney
Aghavallen Iraghticonnor Listowel Ballylongford Ardfert & Agahdoe
Aglish Magunihy Killarney Firies (Molahiff, Aglis) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Annagh Corkaguiny Tralee part Tralee; part Ballymacelligott Ardfert & Agahdoe
Annagh Trughanacmy Tralee
Ardfert Clanmaurice Tralee Ardfert and Spa Ardfert & Agahdoe
Ardfert Trughanacmy Tralee
Ballincuslane Trughanacmy Tralee Knocknagoshel; also part Castleisland Ardfert & Agahdoe
Ballinovher Corkaguiny Dingle

Annascaul (Ballanvohir); also part Ballyferriter (Kilmelchidar)

Ardfert & Agahdoe
Ballyconry Iraghticonnor Listowel Ballybunion Limerick
Ballyduff Corkaguiny Dingle Castlegregory, Killiny, Clohanes; also part Annascaul, (Ballanvohir) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Ballyheige Clanmaurice Tralee Ballyheigue Ardfert & Agahdoe
Ballymacelligott Trughanacmy Tralee Ballymacelligott Ardfert & Agahdoe
Ballynacourty Corkaguiny Dingle Annascaul (Ballanvohir) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Ballynahaglish Trughanacmy Tralee Spa (earlier records in Ardfert) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Ballyseedy Trughanacmy Tralee Ballymacelligott Ardfert & Agahdoe
Brosna Trughanacmy Tralee Brosna Ardfert & Agahdoe
Caher Iveragh Cahersiveen Cahirciveen Ardfert & Agahdoe
Castleisland Trughanacmy Tralee Castleisland Ardfert & Agahdoe
Cloghane Corkaguiny Dingle part Castlegregory; also part Dingle, also part Annascaul (Ballanvohir) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Clogherbrien Trughanacmy Tralee MainlyTralee; part Ardfert Ardfert & Agahdoe
Currans Magunihy Killarney Killeentierna, also Ballymacelligott Ardfert & Agahdoe
Currans Trughanacmy Killarney
Dingle Corkaguiny Dingle Dingle Ardfert & Agahdoe
Dromod Iveragh Cahersiveen Dromod (Waterville) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Duagh Clanmaurice Listowel Duagh (also part Listowel) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Duagh Iraghticonnor Listowel
Dunquin Corkaguiny Dingle Ballyferriter (Kilmelchidar) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Dunrulin Corkaguiny Dingle Ballyferriter (Kilmelchidar) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Dysert Clanmaurice Listowel part Lixnaw; part Listowel Ardfert & Agahdoe
Dysert Iraghticonnor Listowel
Dysert Trughanacmy Killarney Killeentierna Ardfert & Agahdoe
Dysert Trughanacmy Tralee
Fenit Trughanacmy Tralee Ardfert; also Spa Ardfert & Agahdoe
Finuge Clanmaurice Listowel Listowel; also part Lixnaw Ardfert & Agahdoe
Galey Iraghticonnor Listowel part Listowel; part Lisselton Ardfert & Agahdoe
Garfinny Corkaguiny Dingle Dingle Ardfert & Agahdoe
Glanbehy (Glanbeigh) Iveragh Cahersiveen Glenbeigh Ardfert & Agahdoe
Glanbehy Iveragh Killarney
Kenmare Glanarought Kenmare Kenmare (Templenoe, Dourus) also Tuosist Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilbonane Magunihy Killarney Milltown  Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilcaragh Clanmaurice Listowel Lixnaw Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilcaskan Glanarought Kenmare Glengarriffe (also see Kilmacomogue Co. Cork) Ross
Kilcolman Magunihy Killarney Milltown Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilcolman Trughanacmy Killarney
Kilconly Iraghticonnor Listowel Ballybunion Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilcredane Magunihy Killarney Firies (Molahiff, Aglis) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilcrohane Dunkerron South Cahersiveen Cahirdaniel; also Sneem (Ballbeg) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilcrohane Dunkerron South Kenmare
Kilcummin Magunihy Killarney Kilcummin West; also part Glenflesk Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kildrum Corkaguiny Dingle Dingle Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilfeighny Clanmaurice Listowel Abbeydorney Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilflyn Clanmaurice Listowel Abbeydorney Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilflyn Clanmaurice Tralee
Kilgarrylander Trughanacmy Dingle Castlemaine (Keel, Kiltalla, Keelgarrylander) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilgarrylander Trughanacmy Tralee
Kilgarvan Glanarought Kenmare Kilgarvan Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilgarvan Glanarought Killarney
Kilgobban Corkaguiny Tralee Cappaclough (Annascaul, Ballanvohir)  Ardfert & Agahdoe
Killaha Magunihy Killarney Glenflesk Ardfert & Agahdoe
Killahan Clanmaurice Listowel Abbeydorney Ardfert & Agahdoe
Killahan Clanmaurice Tralee
Killarney Magunihy Killarney Killarney; also part Glenflesk Ardfert & Agahdoe
Killeentierna Magunihy Killarney Killeentierna Ardfert & Agahdoe
Killeentierna Trughanacmy Killarney
Killeentierna Trughanacmy Listowel
Killehenny Iraghticonnor Listowel Ballybunion Ardfert & Agahdoe
Killemlagh Iveragh Cahersiveen Prior (Ballinskelligs) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Killinane Iveragh Cahersiveen Cahirciveen Ardfert & Agahdoe
Killiney Corkaguiny Dingle Castlegregory (Killiny, Clohanes); also part Annascaul (Cappaclough, Ballanvohir) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Killorglin Dunkerron North Cahersiveen Killorglin, also Glenbeigh Ardfert & Agahdoe
Killorglin Dunkerron North Killarney
Killorglin Iveragh Killarney
Killorglin Magunihy Killarney
Killorglin Trughanacmy Killarney
Killury Clanmaurice Listowel Causeway (Killury, Ratoo) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilmalkedar Corkaguiny Dingle (Kilmelchidar) Ballyferriter Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilmoyly Clanmaurice Tralee Ardfert and Spa Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilnanare Magunihy Killarney Firies (Molahiff, Aglis) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilnaughtin Iraghticonnor Glin Tarbert (Kilnaughten) and Ballylongford Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilquane Corkaguiny Dingle Ballyferriter (Kilmelchidar) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kilshenane (Kilshinane) Clanmaurice Listowel part Lixnaw; part Listowel Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kiltallagh Trughanacmy Tralee Castlemaine (Keel, Kitalla, Keelgarrylander) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kiltomy Clanmaurice Listowel Lixnaw Ardfert & Agahdoe
Kiltomy Clanmaurice Tralee
Kinard Corkaguiny Dingle Dingle Ardfert & Agahdoe
Knockane Dunkerron North Cahersiveen Tuogh (Beaufort), also Killorgliln Ardfert & Agahdoe
Knockane Dunkerron North Kenmare
Knockane Dunkerron North Killarney
Knockane Dunkerron South Cahersiveen
Knockane Dunkerron South Killarney
Knockanure Iraghticonnor Listowel Moyvane Ardfert & Agahdoe
Lisselton Iraghticonnor Listowel Ballydonohoe and Ballybunion Ardfert & Agahdoe
Listowel Clanmaurice Listowel Listowel Ardfert & Agahdoe
Listowel Iraghticonnor Listowel
Marhin Corkaguiny Dingle Ballyferriter (Kilmelchidar) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Minard Corkaguiny Dingle Dingle Ardfert & Agahdoe
Molahiffe Magunihy Killarney Firies (Molahiff, Aglis) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Murher (Murhir) Iraghticonnor Glin Moyvane Ardfert & Agahdoe
Murhe (Murhir) Iraghticonnor Listowel
Nohaval, (Nohoval) Trughanacmy Killarney Ballymacelligott Ardfert & Agahdoe
Nohaval Trughanacmy Tralee
Nohavaldaly Magunihy Killarney Boherboy (Boherbue) Ardfert & Agahdoe
O'Brennnan Trughanacmy Tralee Ballymacelligot Ardfert & Agahdoe
O'Dorney Clanmaurice Tralee Abbeydorney Ardfert & Agahdoe
Prior Iveragh Cahersiveen Prior (Ballinskelligs) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Ratass Trughanacmy Tralee part Ballymacelligott; part Tralee Ardfert & Agahdoe
Rattoo Clanmaurice Listowel Causeway Ardfert & Agahdoe
Rattoo Clanmorris Listowel
Rattoo Iraghticonnor Listowel
Stradbally Corkaguiny Dingle Castlegregory (Killiny, Clohanes); also part Annascaul (Ballanvohir) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Templenoe Dunkerron North Kenmare Kenmare (Templenoe) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Templenoe Dunkerron South Kenmare
Tralee Trughanacmy Tralee Tralee (St. John's) Ardfert & Agahdoe
Tuosist Glanarought Kenmare Tuosist Ardfert & Agahdoe
Valencia Iveragh Cahersiveen Valentia Ardfert & Agahdoe
Ventry Corkaguiny Dingle Dingle Ardfert & Agahdoe

Genealogy

  • An Unknown Miniature of Mrs. Jordan by Williamson, Usher A.F.  Article is a description of the miniature on ivory of Dorothy Bland, known professionally as Miss Francis, then as Mrs. Jordan, daughter of Francis Bland of Killarney and granddaughter of nathaniel Bland of Derriquin, Co. Kerry & mother of King William 1V ten children known as Fitz Clarence.  Article found in The Irish Ancestor vol.2, no.1.1970.pg1-2.  Family History Library 941.5 B2i Also  available at National Library of Ireland, http://sources.nli.ie/Records  also www.worldcat.org/title/the-irish-ancestor
  • De Breffny, Brian.  Brewster of Co. Kerry.  Genealogy of Sir Francis Brewster originally of Dublin, buys large estates at Glenfesk, Co. Kerry - covers years 1674-1789.  Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol.III. no.2, 1971, pages 90-91. Family History Ref. 941.5 B2i
  • de Breffny, Brian.  A Family of Mahony in Countes Kerry and Limerick. Family information on the sons of David Mahony.  Their names are Cornelius, David, Dermot, Daniel, John and Denis.  The family was Catholic during the Penal times, covering years 1712-1814, Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XIII. no.1. 1981, pages 1-3. Family History Ref. 941.5 B2i

Web Sites

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ryan, James G. Irish Records: sources for family and local history. USA: Ancestry.com, 1997. FHL 941.5 D23r

 

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