Kerry: History and Society

Kerry: History and Society edited by Professor Maurice J. Bric, UCD, a native of Cahersiveen, is the twenty-eighth volume in the Irish County History & Society series, published by Geography Publications in August 2020. The edited volume is a wide-ranging series of interdisciplinary essays on the history of the county from prehistoric times to the present.

In his essay, Party organisation, political engagement and electioneering in Kerry, 1927-1966, Owen O’Shea examines the political developments in the county between the June 1927 general election – the first in which Fianna Fáil candidates were on the ballot paper – and the seminal Kerry South by-election held in December 1966 which had a transformative impact on electioneering and party politics in the county. Owen looks at the turbulence and excitement of election campaigns, party organisation, inter-party rivalries, and newspaper coverage of politics in the period, drawing on party archives, newspaper reports and a wide range of other sources.

Kerry: History and Society

Contents of the book

Introduction by Joe Lee

Chapter 1 A prehistory of Kerry by William O’Brien

Chapter 2 Land tenure and farming in early medieval Kerry: a survey of field systems in the Lough Currane basin by Aidan Harte and Tomás Ó Carragáin

Chapter 3 The Vikings and Kerry’s early medieval kingdoms by John Sheehan

Chapter 4 The saints of Kerry in the Early Middle Ages by Elva Johnston

Chapter 5 Kings and ‘the Kingdom’: Corco Duibne, Cíarraige Lúachra and Eóganacht Locha Léin by Jim Reid

Chapter 6 The manor of Castle Island and the cantred of Acmys: people and places by Paul MacCotter

Chapter 7 From land-thief to planter: Kerry transactions and the rise of Richard Boyle, First Earl of Cork by David Edwards

Chapter 8 Probing the secrets of nature in eighteenth-century Kerry by Toby Barnard

Chapter 9 Insights into Kerry and the Habsburg Imperium, c.1500-c.1800 by Declan M. Downey

Chapter 10 A Jacobite poet in a Kerry context: the world of Aogán Ó Rathaille (c.1670-c.1729) by Marc Caball

Chapter 11 Mary Agnes Hickson and writing the histories of Kerry by Gerald O’Carroll

Chapter 12 Urban Kerry: the development and growth of towns, c.1580-c.1840 by Eamon O’Flaherty

Chapter 13 The evolution of a Kerry demesne, 1730-1830: Kilcoleman Abbey, Milltown by John Knightly

Chapter 14 Aspects of O’Connell family life in Darrynane during the eighteenth century by Gerard J. Lyne

Chapter 15 The campaign for Catholic Emancipation in Kerry, 1810-1830 by Maurice J. Bric


Chapter 16 The Killarney Poor Law Guardians and The Great Famine by Kieran Foley

Chapter 17 Assisted emigration as Famine relief: lessons from the Lansdowne Estate by Cormac Ó Gráda, Tyler Anbinder and Simone Wegge

Chapter 18 David Moriarty’s episcopal leadership in the diocese of Kerry, 1854-77 by Oliver Rafferty

Chapter 19 The trial at Tralee: the Reverend Charles Gayer and The Kerry Examiner, proselytism or persecution? by Cliona Murphy

Chapter 20 Nationalism and the land question in Kerry 1872-92 by Donnacha Seán Lucey

Chapter 21 ‘Every Interest Being Catered For’: clubs, societies and associational life in Kerry, 1880-1914 by Richard McElligott

Chapter 22 The Civil War in Kerry in history and memory by Gavin Foster

Chapter 23 ‘Since I am Come of Kerry Clay and Rock’: the literature of North Kerry by John McDonagh

Chapter 24 A sense of place in Irish Language memoirs: the West Kerry Gaeltacht, 1929-1939 by Máiréad Nic Craith

Chapter 25 ‘Ní dheachaigh éinne riamh to Bólas ach i ndóchas rud d’fháil ann’: scéalta agus scéalaithe Uíbh Ráthaigh by Ríonach Uí Ógáin

Chapter 26 Much more than ‘a group of women who drank tea with their hats on’: The Irish Countrywomen’s Association and women’s empowerment in mid-twentieth century Kerry by Rhona Richman Kenneally

Chapter 27 Party organisation, political engagement and electioneering in Kerry, 1927-1966 by Owen O’Shea

Chapter 28 The evolution of the Kerry Co-op by James J. Kennelly

Chapter 29 Population, economy and place in Kerry by James A. Walsh and Breandán Ó Caoimh

Epilogue by Tommy O’Connor