You, harrowing my thought, exhaust my days, You, Kerryman, long-buried, coffin-laid, Alas, that foreign slab in Flanders clay! Maurice, whose knightly line from Florence came. Of all my heart had ever weathered ache, It had not colour nor torch-flame nor taste; Suffering superfluous or approximate I bore before I knew the truth too plain. My … Continue reading Lament for Maurice FitzGerald, son of the Knight of Kerry, translated by Maire Cruise O’Brien
In 1794 old Sir Barry Denny, created a baronet in the famous volunteer and free parliament year 1782, died at Tralee Castle, and was succeeded by his eldest son, Sir Barry Denny, a young man lately married, against his family’s consent, to Anne, only daughter of Crosbie Morgell, a solicitor residing at Ardfert. Miss Morgell … Continue reading A Tralee Duel of 1794 Left a Lasting Legacy . Is this the Most Authentic Account?
1155 Pope Adrian IV grants Ireland to King Henry II, who is Count of Anjou, Duke of Normandy and King of England. He is the first of the Plantagenets. His Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine, has been on the second Crusade, which was preached by Bernard of Clairvaux, founder of the Cistercian Order and inspiration for … Continue reading My Timeline, called History At A Glance, covering 1200 to 1600, has appeared. It is an A2 poster and this extract contains the first entries.
Charles Smith in his history of Kerry referred to the Blennerhassetts as ‘a very numerous and flourishing family in this county’. The first Blennerhassett settled at Ballycarty, near Tralee where he came as tenant to Denny, paying ‘one red rose’ annually. That was during the Nine Years War when the Sham Earl of Desmond raised … Continue reading ‘Black Jack’ and the Killorglin Blennerhassetts: Part of a Talk given at Killorglin on 20/2/2015
Captain John, ‘Black Jack’, Blennerhassett, Williamite soldier, family genealogist and co-heir to the seignory around Killorglin founded in Elizabethan times by the Welsh captain Jenkin Conway, has left a remarkable record of the Limerick and Kerry gentry over three generations, cited hereafter as ‘Black Jack’s book. Yet he remains virtually unknown; Killorglin, originally Castle Conway, … Continue reading ‘Black Jack’ Blennerhassett And His Book of Genealogies, by Gerald O’Carroll
Sir, It might be a useful exercise to engage with the Abbeydorney atheist who contributed on one of the local radio stations in the days immediately after the destruction of the cross on Carrauntoohil. One difficulty his argument will encounter is that the cross transcends religious distinctions, and he will be told so by other … Continue reading Gerald’s letter in the latest edition of The Kerryman
January 1797 Gentlemen of the Grand Jury, The present tranquil and orderly state of our country and Capital, and the scanty Calendar in my hand, call scarcely for any other expression from me than that of the most lively and cordial congratulation. The times, it is true, have been turbulent; the Laws have lost their … Continue reading Judge Day addresses the Dublin Grand Jury After Storm at Sea Prevents the French Fleet Landing at Bantry Bay