We first hear, not of Decies, but of ‘Decies and Desmond’. The FitzGeralds became the rulers of this territory long before they became Earls of Desmond. That huge territory came to them by marriage, the marriage of John FitzThomas to Margaret FitzAnthony: Margaret’s father, Thomas FitzAnthony, one of the leading Anglo-Norman settlers, was the previous … Continue reading The Earls of Desmond in Co. Waterford Imokilly (extract of article for An Linn Bhuí)
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