John FitzThomas and his father are believed to be the founders of Tralee. Tomás Mór is the father, the first of the southern Geraldines, invaders of Ireland in 1169: he died in (approximately) 1213. John is also believed to have founded the Dominican house of Holy Cross. The date given is 1243. (Image, left, shows St Francis … Continue reading The Tralee 800. Who Founded Tralee?
The Heritage in Tourism conference in Listowel on 21 April demonstrated yet again the complete anarchy that currently exists in the related fields. Glossy publications are everywhere – no doubt helped by Wikipedia – and they are supposed to distract and sidetrack the tourist. They cost a mint to produce, and the czars of tourism … Continue reading Anarchy at Listowel Heritage in Tourism Conference, April 2012
The Synod of Rathbrassil (year 1111) was celebrated in November at a conference in UCC and Thurles. The Synod was the first attempt to fix the diocesan boundaries of the Irish Church. It is notable that this and the later Synod of Kells, which completed the arrangements begun at Rathbrassil, belong to the era before … Continue reading Anniversaries of Rathbrassil Synod and Joan of Arc’s Birth