Christmas Arrangements

Dear visitors, in accordance with government guidelines, Kerry County Museum will remain closed until 12th January 2021 when restrictions will be reviewed. We would like to take the opportunity to wish you a very Happy Christmas. If you have any queries, please send an email to and we will reply to you after our return to the office in January.

By |December 23rd, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Watch “Tales from the Festive Hall” and a special message from Santa

Kerry County Museum proudly presents “Tales from the Festive Hall” as part of Kerry County Council’s Keep Well Campaign. Listen to a heart-warming tale about a little Kerry kid goat with a big dream of joining Santa’s reindeer troupe. The story is read by Santa’s trusty helper Esmerelda McElligott from the Festive Hall deep within the Ashe Memorial Hall in Tralee, Santa’s headquarters in Kerry. Will the little kid goat triumph over adversity to join Santa and his reindeer on Christmas Eve? Follow the story to find out and see Santa appear at the end with a special message for all the children in Kerry:

We would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you all again in the New Year. Stay Safe!

By |December 18th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

In the Vale of Tralee – The Archaeology of the N22 Tralee Bypass

In the Vale of Tralee Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) and Kerry County Council are delighted to announce the publication of In the Vale of Tralee – the archaeology of the N22 Tralee Bypass. The book describes the remarkable discoveries that were made along the route of the bypass by archaeologists from Rubicon Heritage Services and Irish Archaeological Consultancy in 2010 and 2011. The construction of the bypass provided a rare opportunity to explore the rich heritage of North Kerry through large-scale archaeological investigation, with the excavations revealing evidence of over 6,000 years of human life in the Tralee hinterland, from early prehistory to modern times. Among the discoveries were the remains of a building in Manor East erected by some of the first farmers to settle in the River Lee Valley, as well as circular houses of the Bronze Age in Ballingowan, Knockawaddra Middle and Ballynabrennagh, and Iron Age cremation burials in Manor East and Ballinorig West. Of particular note was the monumental avenue of timber posts uncovered in Ballingowan which may have been the site of sacred ceremonial processions during the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age. Another highlight was the discovery of a previously unknown bivallate (double ditched) ringfort in Ballinorig West. This was probably the defended homestead of a wealthy farmer or local lord during the early medieval period. Glimpses of Tralee’s more recent past were revealed by the excavation of the brick-making sites and limekilns uncovered on the project, while the abandoned cottages uncovered in Lismore attest to the devasting impact of the Famine in North Kerry.


Praise for the In the Vale of Tralee Jimmy Deenihan, former Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and current President of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society: The archaeological excavations on the Tralee Bypass revealed fascinating new insights about the lives of previous generations of people who lived in North Kerry. Examination of the objects they left behind and the remnants of their homes, farms and burial places has enabled the archaeologists to fill out the stories of our past. The wealth of new information presented in this beautifully illustrated volume will also help shape and inform future research on the archaeology of Tralee and its hinterland for many years to come. Councillor Terry O’Brien, Mayor of Tralee: We’ve always been very proud of our heritage in Tralee. Our churches, castles and placenames provide a strong connection to our medieval past and contribute to the pride we feel for our town. Our more ancient heritage has also played its part in this, inspiring many of the artworks in the Garden of the Senses in the town park. While the bypass has improved our quality of life by reducing congestion and facilitating economic development, a perhaps unexpected benefit is the greater understanding of our past gathered from the archaeological investigations carried out in advance of construction. I greatly welcome the publication of this book, which presents this new knowledge in an accessible and attractive way that can be enjoyed by all. Print and digital versions In the Vale of Tralee is the 9th book in a TII Heritage series dedicated to communicating the history and archaeology uncovered on national road schemes and the landscapes they traverse. It is available through local bookshops and can be ordered online from Wordwell ( A Kindle version can be purchased on Amazon. It can be also viewed on the TII website ( Complimentary free audiobook Readers will also enjoy the complementary audiobook, produced for TII by Abarta Heritage, which uses voice actors to re-imagine a selection of stories based on archaeological evidence in the book. The audiobook is free to stream or download and is available as a podcast on Spotify, Apple Podcasts and similar platforms (



About the Editors, Patricia Long is a Managing Director at Rubicon Heritage Services Ltd. and was Senior Archaeologist for the N22 Tralee Bypass project. Isabel Bennett is an archaeologist living and working on the Dingle Peninsula. Isabel is editor of and was editor of the Journal of the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society for over 20 years. Paul O’Keeffe is an archaeologist with Transport Infrastructure Ireland and was Project Archaeologist for the N22 Tralee Bypass project. Publication details Title In the Vale of Tralee. The archaeology of the N22 Tralee Bypass Editors Patricia Long, Paul O’Keeffe and Isabel Bennett TII Heritage No. 9 (October 2020) Publisher Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII), Dublin Content Archaeological investigation results, analyses and interpretations; 210 pages with full-colour plates and line drawings; bibliography, scientific appendix and index ISBN 978-1-911633-19-8 ISSN 2009-8480 Price €25 Distributor Distributed for TII by Wordwell (

By |December 14th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

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