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Covid procedures during Festive Hall visit


We hope that this email finds you well in these challenging times.  All of us at Kerry County Museum are looking forward to welcoming you and your family to the Festive Hall. Since we took your booking, new government guidelines have been issued to ensure that events can proceed in the safest way possible. Please read the new event procedures outlined below:

  • Due to the recent change in Government Covid-19 guidelines we must now ask you to show proof that everyone over the age of 18 in your group is fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19 in the past six months (proof of immunity)This must be accompanied by photo ID. Children under 18 in your group do not need proof of vaccination or recovery. If you need to cancel because you cannot provide proof of immunity, please get in touch and we will provide you with a full refund.


  • Please do not attend if anyone in your group is experiencing symptoms of Covid-19.


  • If you cannot attend the event due to sickness and the necessity for your family to isolate, we will endeavour to accommodate you with a later booking, but this may not always be possible. In that case you will be fully refunded.


  • The names of everyone in your group must be included in the attached from, which must be filled out and produced on the day of your visit along. Please make sure to have all required documents ready on arrival to avoid delays.


  • To keep everyone safe we are asking everyone from the age of 9 upwards in the group to wear face coverings for the duration of your visit. Masks can be removed for a physically distanced photo with Santa but must be replaced afterwards. We also ask all our visitors to respect social distancing and to stay within your family group for the duration of your visit.


  • We are at full capacity within each of the time slots so please attend at the time you have booked for as we will not be able to fit you in at a later slot.


Checklist of what you need to bring with you on the day:

  1. Proof of immunity for all adults in your group
  2. Photo-ID for all adults in your group
  3. Completed form (see attached)


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.

Yours sincerely,

Helen O’Carroll


Kerry County Museum

By |December 1st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Medieval Experience magically transforms into the Festive Hall for Christmas

By sheer magic, the downstairs galleries at the Kerry County Museum transform into the Festive Hall for Christmas. This is our most popular family and primary school event of the year and it is fully booked out. Please note that the Archaeology Hall and the Medieval Experience will be closed from November 2021 until January 2021 to facilitate this event. Visitors to the Museum can still access our exhibitions on the top floor: Casement in Kerry: A Revolutionary Journey, the Tom Crean Polar Room, the Main Gallery, as well as “Nostalgia” a temporary art exhibition by local artists and “Wah-Na-Be!”, a fabulous music video and exhibit by talented students from St John of God, Kerry Services/Skills4Life (MTU).

Please note that from Saturday 27th November until the Museum re-opens in January 2022, our regular exhibition opening hours are Tuesdays to Fridays from 10am until 5pm; last admission is at 4pm.



By |November 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Kerry County Museum short-listed for Archaeological Achievement Awards

Let’s blow our own trumpet! Kerry County Museum has been short-listed for the ArchaeologyUK Council for British Archaeology (CBA) “Archaeological Achievement Awards” in the ‘Learning, Training & Skills’ category. We are thrilled to be shortlisted for this award in relation to our ongoing heritage education project “The Tomb and the Museum”. The award ceremony will take place in Edinburgh Castle on 7 Dercember 2021 – keep your fingers crossed!

The shortlist for the CBA Learning, Training and Skills Award is:
– Behaviours & the Art of Applied Learning in Archaeology
Kerry County Museum-The Tomb and the Museum. A grassroots approach to heritage education based on Killaclohane Portal Tomb, County Kerry
– MOLA Early Career Archaeologist Programmes
ucd_experimental_archaeology -UCD Centre for Experimental Archaeology and Material Culture (CEAMC)
– Wessex Archaeology Formal Learning Programme (FLP)
– Leeds Museums and Galleries Primary School Membership and Curriculum Planning







By |November 16th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Museum closed for private event 10am to 2pm on Thursday 21st October

Kerry County Museum will be closed to the public on Thursday 21st October from 10am until 2pm as the descendants of Pierce Mahony (1850-1930) of Kilmorna House near Listowel will make a donation of family memorabilia to the museum. The collection is hugely important for the county from a historical perspective and will have a positive impact on tourism, notably the North Kerry Greenway which passes through Kilmorna, as the items reveal history which was not known until the items came to light in 2020.

The items being donated are also significant on a national and international level due to their connection to Pierce Mahony. Pierce Mahony lived at Kilmorna House during the later half of the 19th century and sat as an MP with the Irish Parliamentary Party in the House of Commons in Westminster. During his time as an MP, Pierce kept a visitors book at Kilmorna which was signed by many famous names in Irish politics and culture at the time. The most famous signature is by Charles Stewart Parnell, the leader of Irish nationalism. He signed the book twice when he was in the area to speak at Home Rule meetings. The Nobel Prize winner and icon of Irish literature William Butler Yeats signed the book twice. Until the visitors book came to light, there was no evidence he ever visited Kerry. Other famous signatures include politician John Redmond, who was the leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, revolutionary Maud Gonne and the famous Irish composer William Percy French, who wrote songs such as ‘The Mountains of Mourne’ and ‘Phil the Fluter’s Ball’.

The people who signed the visitors book came to Kilmorna House by train from all over Ireland, Britain and the world. Kilmorna Railway Station was only a mile away from the Mahony home. The railway is now the route of the North Kerry Greenway.  From 1912, Pierce Mahony became an Irish chieftain and assumed the title ‘The O’Mahony of Kerry’. His kilt is being donated to Kerry County Museum. Also being donated is a small statue of St Francis which belonged to Sir Arthur Vicars, the half-brother of Pierce Mahony. On April 14th, 1921, the IRA returned to Kilmorna and burned down the house. They also shot Vicars dead on the garden steps on suspicion of being a spy. He was one of the most high profile civilian casualties of the Irish War of Independence and it was claimed his death led many Protestant gentry families to leave Ireland for fear of meeting the same fate during the conflict. The Mahony home at Kilmorna was one of nine Big Houses burned during the Irish War of Independence in Kerry and among 79 nationally.





By |October 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Wah-Na-Be! Get ready to be blown away!

Wah-Na-Be! is a new music video and exhibition created by a group of young people as part of the Skills4Life Programme at Munster Technological University. The Skills for Life Programme supports young people between the age of 18 and 23 and is part of Saint John of God Kerry Services. The work was supported by Kerry Local Creative Youth Partnership through a Creative Youth Grant. Wah-Na-Be! was launched by Jimmy Deenihan, the new chairperson of MTU, at Kerry County Museum as part of Culture Night 2021 and will run as part of the Museum’s community and outreach programme until the end of December.

The stars of the music video are students Siobhan Looney, Kate McNamara, James Doyle, Donal Lynch, JP O’Brien and Dale O’Carroll, who came up with their own idea to create a music video under the artistic direction of Jackie O’Mahoney of Jackie O’Mahoney’s School of Performing Arts. The results were simply amazing! Be blown away by a very talented group of young people, making their mark on music, photography and video production in Kerry. You can see Wah-Na-Be! at Kerry County Museum or watch the video by clicking HERE.

By |October 13th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

ARTiculation 2022: A National Public Speaking Competition for Secondary Schools

ARTiculation Ireland is a public speaking competition which promotes the appreciation and discussion of art, artefacts and architecture in secondary schools throughout Ireland. The competition seeks to engage students between 15-19 years, regardless of background or experience, with art to develop the confidence and ability to express their opinions and conclusions. Participating students are offered the chance to deliver a ten-minute presentation before their peers and a wider audience about a work of art, an artefact or piece of architecture of their choice, through a series of internal school heats and regional heats across Ireland with the chance of being selected for the All Ireland Final. If you are a secondary school teacher teaching Art, English, History or TY (or indeed any other subject that might benefit from public speaking and discourse), please register your interest before 22 October by sending an email to education@kerrymuseum.ie

By |October 12th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

The Kerry Young Historian Award 2022: Calling all Kerry Secondary Schools

The Kerry Young Historian Award is a collaboration of the Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society, Kerry County Museum & Kerry County Council. It is supported by The Education Centre Tralee and the History Teachers’ Association of Ireland, Kerry branch. The competition is aimed at young people interested in history, archaeology and heritage. The purpose of the award is to encourage participants to research and write an essay on a local history topic in a personal, interesting and critical way with a special focus on some of Kerry’s untold stories. The award aims to encourage and produce the historians of the future as well as engaging young people in local history, archaeology and heritage. Winning essays will feature in the prestigious Kerry Magazine published annually by the Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society. For more information or to submit an expression of interest please contact us at education@kerryhistory.ie

By |October 12th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Explore Your Local Heritage 2022: Calling all Kerry Primary Schools

This education and outreach initiative from the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society and Kerry County Museum invites you to explore your local heritage and share your discoveries. We are calling on all pupils and teachers to take their school building as the focal point and research the hidden history and heritage of the immediate locality. The project can be about any aspect of local heritage that interests you, from the history of an old building or ruin to local folk tales and stories. Your project can include pupils’ creative writing, drawings, paintings, photographs, arts & crafts, drama, music and LEGO projects as well as old photographs, letters, medals, newspaper clippings, oral history recordings and other artefacts and memorabilia that could help to document and illustrate your local heritage. For more information or to submit an expression of interest please email project coordinators Victoria and Claudia at education@kerryhistory.ie

By |October 12th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Friday 17 September is Culture Night: Enjoy a Night at the Museum

Enjoy a stroll through the Museum and discover our engaging exhibitions. From Tom Crean to the Rose of Tralee, our exhibitions showcase Kerry’s rich history and culture. We are particularly delighted to host a special exhibition by a talented group of young people from St John of God Kerry Services. For more events in Kerry and nationwide have a look at: www.culturenight.ie



By |August 27th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized||

Curator’s Talk: Access and the Ashe Memorial Hall

Join our curator Helen O’Carroll to explore the history of the Ashe Memorial Hall, home of the Kerry County Museum. The building has a fascinating story, which is outlined in Helen’s short online talk (duration: 10 minutes). Currently, the Museum is accessed by our visitors via the front steps. Here at the Ashe Memorial Hall, we have been thinking about how we can improve access to the building. This is not entirely straightforward because the Ashe Hall is a listed building, so any consideration of improvements must keep the historic fabric at the forefront. The place to start then is with the building’s history and its location. And the interesting thing is that the issue of accessibility is at the heart of this story. Built in 1928 as the county council headquarters, and incorporating a dancehall/theatre/cinema, the Ashe Hall has always been a public building. Before that, though, the site on which it was built was very much a private space open only to the elite.

By |August 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

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