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Celebrating St Brendan the Navigator 3 – 19 May

Saint Brendan the Navigator was born in Fenit, near Tralee around 500 AD. A wide range of community events in honour of Kerry’s seafaring patron saint will take place across the county from Friday 3 May until Sunday 19 May. From walks and talks, guided tours of Ardfert cathedral, art installations at Siamsa Tire, a film screening at Tralee library to arts and crafts workshops for children at Kerry County Museum, there is something for everyone to celebrate Brendan and his legacy. On his feastday, Thursday 16 May, a multitude of events are taking place in his native Fenit and across Kerry. Schools and families are encouraged to make and fly flags for Brendan. Kerry County Museum in conjunction with the Education Support Centre Tralee and the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society is hosting a webinar for primary schools across Ireland.

So who was St Brendan? We know that he founded a federation of monasteries in Ireland – Ardfert cathdral and Clonfert cathedral being his two major foundations – but he is most famous for his legendary voyage across the North Atlantic in a simple wooden boat. Without the help of navigational instruments, he may have reached America 500 years before the Vikings and 1000 years before Christopher Columbus. His story seems to describe the sheep and seabirds of the Faeroe Islands, the volcanoes of Iceland, the icebergs of Greenland and the fog surrounding Newfoundland. His travel adventures were written down in monasteries all over Europe and soon became a major medieval bestseller. To this day, St Brendan is the patron saint of Kerry as well as sailors, travellers and all seafaring people. He is even the patron saint of the U.S. Navy.

Events at a Glance:

By |May 3rd, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized||

Medieval Experience temporarily closed for essential maintence in April

In order to facilitate essential repairs and maintenance, Kerry County Museum’s Medieval Experience will be temporarily closed from Monday 8 April until Monday 22 April inclusive. All other exhibitions are open as usual. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and would like to thank you for your understanding.

By |April 6th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized||

Easter opening hours and family event programme

Kerry County Museum is open throughout the Easter bank holiday weekend and is offering a fun-filled programme of events for families. This includes family arts and crafts, our bunny trail in the Main Museum Gallery and Tom Crean Polar Room and drop-in workshops with Me and the Moon, where children can make their own creative Easter decorations. All activities are included in the museum admission fee. Family offer: adults €5, children go free. Please note that childrenmust be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times.

Easter Museum Opening Hours:

Friday 29 March: 9:30am-5pm

Saturday 30 March: 9:30am-5pm

Sunday 31 March: 10am-5pm

Monday 1 April: 10am-5pm

(Last admission is at 4pm as we recommend a minimum of 60 minutes to see our exhibitions)

By |March 28th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized||

Free Museum Entry on St Patrick’s Day and traditional music after the Tralee parade

Happy St Patrick’s Day from all of us at Kerry County Museum. As every year, we are throwing our doors open on St Patrick’s Day and visitors can avail of free entry all day 10am until 5pm. All exhibitions are open and there are plenty of fun activities for all the family. We are especially delighted to welcome the talented young musicians of Oidreacht Music School this year who will perform at the museum at 2pm after the Tralee parade, which will start at the Rose Hotel at 12noon and finishes on Denny Street outside the Museum.

Museum Opening Hours:

Sat 16 March: 9:30am – 5pm

Sun 17 March: 10am -5pm FREE ENTRY ALL DAY

Mon 18 March: 10am – 5pm

Last admission is 45 minutes before closing at 4.15pm

Please see below details of the various St Patrick’s Day parades across the county (Source: Radio Kerry)

Number of parades planned in Kerry

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5.3.2024 : Repro Free . Tralee is all set for this years St Patrick’s Day parade. Pictured at the launch in Tralee were Juke Healy (St Patrick) and stars Róisín Sugrue and Maiya Rivis McHugh, Mayor of Tralee Terry O’Brien , Eamon Cunningham Tralee Municipal District Officer and Mark Sullivan of the Rose Hotel Tralee . Photo By : Domnick Walsh © Eye Focus LTD . Domnick Walsh Photographer is an Irish Aviation Authority ( IAA ) approved Quadcopter Pilot. Tralee Co Kerry Ireland. Mobile Phone : 00 353 87 26 72 033 Land Line        : 00 353 66 71 22 981 E/Mail :        info@dwalshphoto.ie Web Site :    www.dwalshphoto.ie ALL IMAGES ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT ©

Parades and celebrations galore are planned around Kerry to mark St Patrick’s Day.

The first parade gets underway in Dingle at 6 o’ clock tomorrow morning as the Fife and Drum band take to the street for their traditional dawn march from Ashmount.

Milltown’s parade will leave the Mid Kerry Co-op Mart at 10am and Gneeveguilla’s parade will leave the Sea Lodge at 10:30am.

Festivities will begin in Castlemaine at 11.15am and in Tarbert leaving from the fire station at 11.30am.

Lixnaw’s parade begins at 12pm from the community centre while festivities get underway in Glenbeigh/Glencar from around noon at the GAA grounds.

Tralee’s parade has a new route this year with participants leaving the Rose Hotel at 12 noon and traveling through the town via Mitchel’s Rd., Boherbee, Castle Street and finishing on Denny Street.Advertisement

Duagh’s parade starts at 12.30 while Dingle’s second St. Patrick’s day celebration begins at Ashmount Terrace at 12.45pm.

Listowel’s parade also begins at quarter to one from The Square.

Killorglin’s festivities commence at 1 from the Rowing Club on the Tralee Road.Advertisement

Sneem’s parade will leave Galvin’s Hardware at 1:30pm – that’s the same time as Causeway’s parade which leaves from An Tóchar Education Centre.

Castleisland’s parade also leaves at half one and there’ll be a Joe Dolan tribute show on the Main Street before the parade.

Killarney’s St Patrick’s Day Parade starts from Mission Road at 2pm; Dan Kelleher, who spent almost 60 years working in the National Park, is grand marshal.Advertisement

Abbeydorney’s parade also leaves at 2 from the GAA grounds.

Cahersiveen’s parade begins at 2pm; floats start from Fertha Drive and walkers begin from Aldi to the Carnegie Building, followed by dancing at the crossroads.

Ballybunion and Castlegregory’s festivities begin at 3pm with a 3.30pm starting time for Ballyheigue.

There’s a 4pm start for Kilflynn, Waterville and Abbeyfeale in West Limerick.


By |March 17th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized||

Great news for Kerry schools participating in the Kerry Heritage Hunters Award 2024

Get a FREE visit by a Heritage in schools expert

Kerry County Museum is delighted to announce that all Kerry primary schools participating in our annual local heritage competition “Heritage Hunters” can avail of a free visit by a heritage education expert from the Heritage in Schools programme. The Heritage in Schools Scheme by the Heritage Council of Ireland provides a panel of Heritage Specialists who visit primary schools to help children and their teachers learn about and appreciate their local heritage. We would like to thank Heritage in School co-ordinator Maria Walsh for this generous offer and continuous support. If you are participating in Heritage Hunters 2024 and would like to avail of your free heritage expert visit, please put “Kerry Heritage Hunters” in the reference line. More information on how to book can be found here: https://www.heritageinschools.ie/heritage-expert/booking-guidelines

Make your own podcast with Radio Kerry

Kerry County Museum is also delighted to announce that to date Radio Kerry has broadcast ten Heritage Hunters school projects to date and more are in the making! Heritage Hunters is a creative collaboration of Radio Kerry, the Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society, Kerry County Museum and Kerry County Council. This primary school initiative is kindly supported by the Heritage Council of Ireland and The Education Support Centre Tralee. You can listen to these award-winning podcast series on the Radio Kerry website: https://www.radiokerry.ie/podcasts/heritage-hunters-podcast/

Heritage Hunter podcasts to date (click and listen)

Episode 1: Oyster Fishing | Spa National School (2023)

Episode 2: Blennerville Windmill | Blennerville National School (2023)

Episode 3: Ghost Train | Glenbeigh National School (2023)

Episode 4: Presentation Order | Presentation Primary School Tralee (2023)

Episode 5: Fenit NS | Little Samphire Lighthouse (2023)

Episode 6: Tarbert NS | The History Tarbert Bridewell (2023)

Episode 7: Knocknagoshel NS | The History of Knocknagoshel (2023)

Episode 8: Scoil Íde NS | The Life of Con Houlihan (2023)

Episode 9: Glenderry NS | St. Daithleann’s Well (2024)

Episode 10: Lyreacrompane NS | Lyreacrompane in the 1800s (2024)

By |February 19th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized||

St Brigid’s bank holiday weekend opening hour

Kerry County Museum is open throughout the bank holiday weekend as follows:

Saturday 3 Feb: 9:30-5:00

Sunday 4 Feb: 10:00-5:00

Monday 5 Feb: 10:00-5:00

Last admission is one hour before closing.

By |February 2nd, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized||

Celebrating Brigid: Children’s workshop with Me + The Moon on Sat 3 February

Kerry County Museum is delighted to welcome Me+The Moon for this year’s first “Make at the Museum” drop-in workshop for children on Saturday 3 February from 11am-4pm. The event is inspired by the old Irish saying “There is room for everyone under Brigid’s cloak”. Under the direction of Me + The Moon’s creative team, children of all ages can engage in mixed-media activities in a relaxed and fun environment. This event particulary suitable for children aged 4-12 but younger and older siblings are welcome to join in. Each child will make something to bring home but also make a piece for a large collage at the museum. This is the first in a series of workshops facilitated by Me + The Moon – please scroll down for all events this year.

This rolling paper-construct workshop is included in the general admission fee: €5 per adults and children go free with their parents or guardians. Please note that children need to be supervised by an adult at all times. Before or after the workshop, families can also explore all museum exhibitions at their own leisure, including our newly launched community art exhibition “An Abundance of Colour”, an annual spring exhibition by local art group “Art in the Park” lead by Rebecca Lyons.

Dates for your diary 2024: Make at the Museum with Me + The Moon

Saturday 3 February: St Brigid’s Day Arts & Crafts

Saturday 16 March: St Patrick Day Arts & Crafts

Saturday 30 March: Easter Arts & Crafts

Sunday 31 March: Easter Arts & Crafts

Saturday 4 May: Nature Arts & Crafts

Saturday 18 May: The Museum and Me – Celebrating International Museums Day

Saturday 1 June: Creative Children – Celebrating International Children’s Day

Saturday 3 August: Pucks N’ Roses – Celebrating Puck Fair & The Rose of Tralee

Saturday 26 October: Halloween Arts & Crafts

Sunday 27 October: Halloween Arts & Crafts

Arts & Crafts activies in November and December to be confirmed closer to the time.

For further information or if you have special requirements and would like to discuss the details of your visit please contact our Education Officer Claudia at education@kerrymuseum.ie or call 0667127777 to talk to a member of the museum team.

By |January 31st, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized||

An Abundance of Colour: New Community Art Exhibion Launch 25 January

ART in the Park Artists will showcase their works once again for their ‘Off the Rails’ exhibition titled ‘An Abundance of Colour’, in Kerry County Museum.

Opening on Thursday, January 25 at 6pm by Irish fashion designer Don O’Neill from Ballyheigue and all are welcome to come along to the exhibition which will run until the end of April.

“We have many members exhibiting at this year’s exhibition with a nice variety and medium of works both old and new,” said Rebecca Lyons, Curator of the group.

“We are delighted that Kerry County Museum has given us their exhibition space again to host our annual exhibition. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Helen O’Carroll, Claudia Kohler and the team of the Museum for all their help,” added Rebecca.

“We would also like to thank Cliffords Cash and Carry for their kind donation for the opening reception of the exhibition and to Cocktail Heist Events for mixing the drinks.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the exhibition during regular museum opening hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays 9.30am to 5pm and daily at the St Brigid’s & St Patrick’s & Easter Bank Holiday weekends, when the museum is open from 10am until 5pm (last admission is at 4.15pm).

By |January 24th, 2024|Categories: Uncategorized||

New dementia friendly tours and events starting this December

Join experienced art facilitator Silke Michels for a dementia friendly tour of Kerry County Museum. This is a free event for people living with dementia and their families and carers. The duration is approximately one hour and all exhibition areas are accessible by lift. The group size is maximum 15 people and booking is essential. If you are interested in this dementia and age friendly event at Kerry County Museum or would like to go on our contact list for similar events in 2024, please do not hesitate to contact the museum’s education officer Claudia by calling 066712777 or by email at education@kerrymuseum.ie or you can also make an appointment for a chat in person.

By |December 6th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized||

Saturday Family Fun: Christmas Arts & Crafts with Me+The Moon

Join Me and The Moon at Kerry County Museum this festive season and get crafty! All Christmas arts and crafts workshops take place Saturdays from 11am to 4pm, are drop-in and included in the general admission fee: €5 per adult; children go free as part of our family admission offer.

By |November 18th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized||

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