Thursday 19 April. Fergus from the IT gave a talk.
Wednesday 29 February. Eamon Browne spoke about the GAA clubs of the town.
Wednesday 22 February Dick Carmody spoke about the Tralee IT.
Wednesday 8 February 2012. Kathleen Browne, former County librarian and President of the Historical Society.
Wednesday 1 February. Cllr. John Wall addressed the group on Music in Tralee and the Showband era.
Wednesday 25 January. Dr Griffin Murray, archaeologist, from the County Museum, Denny Street, was our speaker.
Wednesday 18 January. Anthony Garvey, who is associated with an annual PR Academy course in Tralee, organised under Fetac, talked on: How Public Relations Can Make a Difference. Tralee Tour Guides needs to find a web presence and identify itself to the town hotels. He stated that the Irish Tour Operators Association accounts for half a million passenger visitors to Ireland every year. He urged guided tours as an add-on to conferences.
Wednesday 7 December 2011. John Donnelly gave a talk for half an hour on the 3 Cinemas that were in Tralee. Billy Nolan talked for a little while on the Games he and friends used play, and other aspects of living in Tralee in the 1940s and 50s. Waterford tour guide Jack Burtchaell is to come to Tralee in perhaps late January.
Wednesday 30 November 2011. Mary Johnson, originally from Galway city, spoke of her thirty years in Tralee. Tralee would find it hard to match the story of Mayor Lynch who hanged his own son (hence the term lynching, which always – to me at least – meant something else). The proximity to the sea of both places made adjustment easier, though there were difficulties. A spell in Belfast, which despite its stern reputation proved cosmopolitan, meant that Tralee proved somewhat clannish. Pastimes helped: musical and dramatical societies in Tralee were an introduction to new friends. It all took time; but now it is home.
Wednesday 23 November 2011. Gerry O’Leary from the Historical Society spoke. He exhorted the attendance to be true to their own personality and individual interests. Place names in an around Tralee were very important. Clounclour is the Meadow of the Lepers (though lepers often included other skin conditions; Boherbuee is the Road of the Furze; Derrylee is the Oak Wood of the Ogham Stone. The county jail executed people convicted of offences against property (sheep stealers, for example, go transportation to Australia).
He spoke also of the wealth of mythological insterest: Queen Scota, Slieve Mish (of the lady named Mis) included.
Wednesday 16 November 2011. George Rice spoke. Here are his notes. Attractive places to reside – with tourism as an extension. What make for an attractive town. (Jefferson called big cities “a pestilence.”) Beauty, Heritage, Identification. We referred to features ofTralee– fewer than one could wish for.
Churches, monuments and Georgian houses – interspersed with memories of a town rich in “characters”. Where you have “celebrities” the “characters” do not attract respect and disappear – a great loss to the community.
Wednesday 9 November, 2011. Dr Robert (Bob) FitzSimons’s talk was on Dr Francis Crumpe and the Infirmary of Tralee. Francis Crumpe served from 1820 to 1870 as Doctor of the Infirmary (the new Infirmary was built 1810-14 on the site of the old Infirmary, dating from 1763). His fifty year career succeeded that of his father Dr William Crumpe who served in the old and new Infirmaries.
The prison/hospital reformer John Howard visited in 1788 and found the old Infirmary in a “ruinous state”, and Judge Day in 1812 wrote: “pull down that disgraceful ruin”.
Francis Crumpe lived at 16 Denny Street. He performed many experiments: saline drip in the vein of a patient during the cholera (patient made immediate recovery but died); pioneering use of ether to perform surgeries; there were others. At the jail conditions were terrible in the decades before the discoveries of Pasteur about infection.
“Staggering Bob” was a piece of pork which the butchers at Tralee Shambles would suspend in the running water of the Big River until it was bleached white – before sale for cooking; they little knew during the cholera epidemic of 1848-9 what a perfect conductor of the disease the meat was.
Wednesday 2 November 2011. John Donnelly spoke on the Barracks at Ballymullen, which was constructed around 1812; the Barracks ended the system of billeting of soldiers on the town population, at the same time providing a ready force for the current and infamous insurrection among the farmers of North Kerry.
Wednesday 26 October 2011. Gerald O’Carroll spoke on the Dennys of Tralee Castle. The Castle was finally demolished in 1826 and Denny Street constructed. The ruins of the Dominican Abbey were removed at the same time. The date of the Abbey’s foundation is given as 1243, though it may have been later. The first Denny is associated with the events at Dun an Oir, November 1580, where many of the Spanish-Italian force were massacred and the leaders sent as prisoners to London and later ransomed.
Wednesday 19 October 2011 Sean Seosamh O Concubhair spoke on Roger Casement, who landed from a German submarine at Banna on Good Friday 1916. The Rebellion in Dublin took place the following Monday, Easter Monday. The failure of the Kerry volunteers and IRB to intercept Casement before the RIC transmitted him to Dublin and England, to face death by hanging, has always troubled Kerry people. Casement’s remains were returned to Ireland by the Harold Wilson government during the 1960s.
Wednesday 12 October 2011: Conducted Tour of Waterford City with Jack Burtchaell; talk afterwards from Jack in the Grenville Hotel.
Previous talk: Donal O’Sullivan spoke on the Flour Mills of 19th Century Tralee.