Old Kilcummin Graveyard

This summer Irish Ancestors Direct are involved with Kilcummin Historical Group in a local voluntary community project.  Funding  was received from the Heritage Council to record the gravestones in Old Kilcummin Graveyard.  John Tierney of Historic Graves has photographed all the gravestones and next week we hope to have access to all the photos …

Old Kilcummin Cemetery Broadcast

We spent a very interesting afternoon on Sunday, in good company, as participants in a recording of local history and lore accompanied by traditional music from local musicians in the old cemetery in Kilcummin.  The graveyard contains the ruins of a church dating back to 1172 and destroyed by Cromwellan troops under General Ludlow in 1652. There are …

National Heritage Week 2016

Heritage Week is almost upon us again and facing the usual dilemma of interesting events clashing. Log on to www.heritageweek.ie and with the assistance of an interactive map all event details are at your fingertips. All parts of Kerry are represented by a selection of workshops, walking and guided tours and music concerts. A number of 1916 commemorative …

Genealogy 2016

On Friday, 4th March 2016, East Kerry Roots in association in Irish Ancestors Direct held a successful event displaying family trees relating to families from Castleisland and the surrounding areas.  This is the second such event and the idea is that people with an interest in genealogy call to the venue and may possibly find a family connection in …

Rattoo Tower & North Kerry Museum

Rattoo Tower, near Ballyduff in north Kerry, is the last surviving complete round tower in Kerry. Over the last number of years it has been the subject to careful preservation by the Office of Public Works.  The impressive tower is over one thousand years old. It is nearly 100 feet high and was built from local sandstone. Most of the round towers …

Irish Catholic Church Registers Online

Countdown is on for the release online of the Catholic parish church registers next Wednesday.  The National Library of Ireland (NLI) will be launching a dedicated website with free access to almost 400,000 images of Catholic parish register microfilms. The period covered by the release is from 1740’s to 1880’s. Having spent many hours …