It is good to see the recognition given to the medieval town of Tralee in the tourism heritage boards displayed now on the main street. When we read the Annals of the Four Masters we are reminded that Tralee was the burial place of the earls of Desmond. Read, for example, the following extract from the Annals, where the context is Earl Thomas’s execution at Drogheda in February 1468.
‘Thomas Earl of Desmond, the son of James, son of Garrett, who had been Lord Justice of Ireland, the most illustrious of his tribe in Ireland in his time for his comeliness and stature, for his hospitality, chivalry, his charity and humanity to the poor and the indigent of the Lord, his bounteousness in bestowing jewels and riches on the laity, the clergy, and the poets, and his suppression of theft and immorality, went to Drogheda to meet the English Lord justice, and the other English of Meath. These acted treacherously to him, and without any crime (on his part), they beheaded him; the greater number of the men of Ireland were grieved at the news of it. His body was afterwards conveyed to Tra-Li, and interred in the burial place of his predecessors and ancestors with great honour and veneration.’