Golden Jubilee Issue of The Kerry Magazine in the Shops

Marie O'Sullivan The Kerry Magazine 23/11/2016
The Kerry Magazine editor, Marie O’Sullivan with a copy of the 50th anniversary issue which is in all bookshops now. ©Photograph: John Reidy

The Kerry Magazine, which is published annually by the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society (KAHS) was launched recently in Kerry Library, Tralee by Moira Murrell, Kerry County Council, CEO.

This was the first in a series of events designed to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of the foundation of the Society, on May 3, 1967.

It is particularly appropriate that Ms. Murrell would launch the Golden Jubilee edition of The Kerry Magazine, as Kerry County Council has been a staunch supporter of our society down through the years. In fact the Society owes its origins in no small way to the effort and foresight of the then Kerry County Librarian, Tom Armitage, who on April 25, 1967, called a public meeting to form a Kerry historical society.

Constitution Adopted

On May 3, a public meeting was held in the County Council Chamber, Ashe Memorial Hall, Tralee at which the Society was formed, a constitution adopted and president and officers elected.

His successor as County librarian, Kathleen Browne continued the task of nurturing and fostering the KAHS as does the current County librarian Tommy O’Connor.

This year’s magazine contains 24 articles ranging in topics from our Schools’ Outreach Programme, which this year focuses on the year-long 1916 commemoration events undertaken at Knockaderry National School, Farranfore to an article by Donal O’Sullivan entitled ‘The Royal Irish Constabulary Mutiny at Castleisland.’

There is more of Castleisland interest on pages 39 and 40 as local historian agus scríobhneoir as Gaeilge, Éamonn O Braoin writes about the War of Independence and the lives of the locals entwined in it. There is something in there are everyone. Copies of the magazine may be purchased at: JP Griffin’s, and Garvey’s SuperValu in Castleisland; Easons, Centra and most local bookshops. At €10 per copy it makes an excellent read and a first-rate Christmas present.

President Michael D. Higgins

2016 witnessed the centenary of the Easter Rising. It was celebrated with much honour and dignity, pomp and ceremony throughout Ireland.

We in Kerry were fortunate to host the only state function to be held outside of Dublin, when on April 21, 2016, President Michael D. Higgins and his wife Sabina attended events to commemorate the Ballykissane tragedy and the landing of Sir Roger Casement at Banna Strand. Later on the same day he officially opened the ‘Casement in Kerry: A Revolutionary Journey’ exhibition at Kerry County Museum, Tralee, which is documented in this issue.

Following this event Marie O’Sullivan as magazine editor had the honour of presenting to him on behalf of the Society, bound copies of The Kerry Magazine, 1916 Commemorative Edition (Issue No. 26, 2016) and the Journal of the Kerry and Historical (Series 2, Vol. 15, 2015). These were presented in commemoration of Kerry’s role in the 1916 Rising

Synopsis of Lectures

Continuing with its policy of reproducing synopsis of lectures for the benefit of members who are unable to attend, this year issue has articles by Dr. Connie Kelleher, Laur Dunne and Dr. Tim Horgan based upon talks, which they have delivered to the society.

In recognition of the major milestone to be celebrated in May, this edition of the magazine contains a brief history of the society down through the years and a reminiscence of the ‘early days’ by Kathleen Browne one of its founding members.

The Kerry Magazine is published annually. Anyone wishing to submit an article for consideration by the editorial committee, for publication in Issue No. 28, should do so by May 31, 2017.

Short articles (maximum 2000 words) from both academics and non-academics, on topics related to any aspect of Kerry’s rich and diverse cultural heritage.

Contributors are also required to submit appropriate illustrations with their articles and a brief biographical note for publication in the contributors’ list.

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