Pres Student Rosie Kennelly wins ARTiculation Kerry Final

Rosie Kennelly, fifth year student at Presentation Secondary School took first price at the regional final of the ARTiculation Kerry Regional Final in St John the Evangelist Church on Thursday 5th March 2020. Runners up were Eoin McElligott from Gaelcholaiste Chiarraí and Joshua O’Sullivan from SPSL Rathmore. Adjudicating the event were community and education consultant Sean Lyons, director of Kerry Writers Museum Cara Trant and former CEO of Siamsa Tire Catriona Fallon.  ARTiculation is a public speaking competition by the Roche Court Educational Trust, promoting the appreciation and discussion of ART, ARCHITECTURE & ARTEFACTS in secondary schools throughout Ireland and the UK.  The competition seeks to engage students regardless of their background or experience with art to develop the confidence and ability to express their opinions and conclusions, explains Claudia Kohler, the Education Officer of Kerry County Museum. “Kerry County Museum is the cultural partner institution for Kerry and last year, we participated for the first time along with Presentation Secondary School, Tralee. The outcome was spectacular. Our two Pres teens Julia Szarota and Eimear O’Sullivan represented their school and Kerry in the All Ireland Final 2019 and took first and second prize respectively. This year, four Kerry secondary schools took part in ARTiculation and we hope this exciting project is going to attract more schools again next year.” On accounts of winning ARTiculation last year, Kerry is the host county for the All Ireland Final this year. Pres student Rosie Kennelly is going to represent her school and the county at the Final in Siamsa Tire competing with students from Tipperary, Waterford, Kilkenny, Carlow and Kerry with an expected attendance of 350 students, teachers and parents. 

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

Museum Resources now available online

Kerry County Museum is currently not open to the public but why don’t you have a look at our online resources? We have object-based activities for teachers and home schooling, colouring sheets based on our exhibitions and collections, museum publications and articles written by Museum staff and volunteers and a day-by-day virtual dig based on the recent excavation and conservation of Killaclohane Portal Tomb, near Milltown, County Kerry.  If you are a teacher or educator and would like us to send you more information please email We might be under lockdown but we are here for you! Watch this space as we are adding more over the coming days. Following online resources are available to download here:

Resources for Teachers and Home Schooling:

20:20 – Radio Kerry Podcasts based on our Collection:

What’s in the Box?! – Object based Learning:

Medieval Tralee – A Colouring Book, Fact Sheet & Timeline: Download here

A Timeline of Geraldine Tralee: Download here

Secret Tralee – An Audio-Trail about medieval Tralee: Download here

Killaclohane Portal Tomb – A Virtual Dig:

Collection Highlights – A Virtual Exploration:

Museum Publications:

Antarctica. Beyond Endurance: Journey to the bottom of the Earth Download Exhibition Catalogue

Geraldine Tralee. An Irish Medieval Town Download Exhibition Catalogue

Kerry Lives 1950-73. A portrait of the county from the Kennelly Archive Download Exhibition Catalogue

Medieval Treasures of County Kerry Download Proceedings of Lecture Series

Articles and Books by County Archaeologist Dr. Michael Connolly:

A wide range of articles and books on Kerry’s archaeological heritage:

Articles by Kerry County Museum Team:

Ardfert Witnesses at the trial of Roger Casement by Curator Helen O’ Carroll: Download Article here 

Con Keating: Personal and Political by Collections Officer Sarah O’Farrell: Download Article here

The Edward Roe Collection by Dr. Griffin Murray and Cliodhna Ni Murchu : Download Article here

A Zoomorphic Penannular Brooch from Tullahennell North, Co. Kerry by Dr. Griffin Murray: Download Article here

Curator’s Choice: Risen from the ashes by Dr. Griffin Murray: Download Article here

An Ancient Paddle from near Knocknagoshel by Dr. Griffin Murray: Download Article here

Early Medieval Bells and Crosiers from County Kerry by Dr. Griffin Murray: Download Article here 

A well-travelled uniform – the life of Captain R. E. Palmer by Jude O’ Gorman: Download Article here 

Christy O’Grady: patriot, prisoner and professor by Jude O’ Gorman: Download Article here

Yes! You can touch it – Education at Kerry County Museum by Claudia Köhler: Download Article here

Slí Bhreannain – In the Footsteps of St Brendan the Navigator by Claudia Köhler and the St Brendan Heritage Committee, Fenit. In memory of the life and work of Father Gearoíd Ó Donnchadha: Download Article here






By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Museum closed from 12th until 19th April March 2020

Kerry County Museum will be closed to the public from Thursday 12 March until Sunday 19 April 2020. Unfortunately, all tours, events and workshops are cancelled/ postponed until further notice. We regret any inconvenience caused. Please check our website and social media platforms for updates. Why not check out our new online resource section with plenty of object based activities for teachers and home schooling, Museum publications, podcasts and colouring activities? If you have any queries please email

By |March 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Medieval Experience re-opens for February mid-term break

Following a major spring clean and tidy up, Kerry County Museum is delighted to re-open our Medieval Experience in time for the February mid-term break. The Medieval Experience is a reconstruction of what Tralee might have looked like in the year 1450. We have a dress-up corner and you can even lock yourself in the pillory. So if you are looking for a fun time during mid-term break, drop in Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 5pm (last admission is at 4pm). The admission fee to see all our exhibitions is €5 for adults and children go free when accomapanied by a parent or guardian. Group rates apply.

By |February 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Tom Crean Polar Room re-opening soon

Kerry County Museum is delighted to report that our Tom Crean Polar Room will re-open shortly following a major revamp. Watch this space to find out about the official launch date!

By |February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Free Entry on St Patrick’s Day

Kerry County Museum is delighted to throw open its doors for free on St Patrick’s Day from 10am until 4.30pm. So visit the Museum if you are looking for something exciting to do before or after the parade and you can explore all our exhibitions with a sneak preview of our new Tom Crean Polar Room. Family activities include the Pangur Ban Discovery Trail in the Main Gallery, digging up Viking skeletons in the Archaeology Hall and dressing up in period costume in the Medieval Experience.

By |February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Saturday Family Arts & Crafts Workshops this Spring

Kerry County Museum is delighted to host a series of creative arts & crafts workshops in February and March. These drop-in workshops take place in the Museum’s Reception area and are suitable for families with children aged 3-10, younger and older children are more than welcome. Our lovely facilitator Hazel has exciting activities lined up, from dinosaur arts and crafts to Viking shield making. Sessions last about 30 minutes and families can drop in at any time between 10am and 4pm to make a creative mess. There is no additional cost to our regular admission price: Adults €5 and children go free. Please note that children need to be accompanied and supervised by a guardian at all times. For a full list of events please have a look at:


By |February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Christmas Arrangements 2019




By |December 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized||

Medieval Experience turns into Festive Hall for Christmas

Kerry County Museum’s elves are very busy at the moment, transforming our Medieval Experience into the Festive Hall for the enjoyment of schools and families alike. Please note that the Medieval Experience and the Archaeology Hall are both closed from November until after Christmas and a reduced admission fee applies. Following upstairs exhibitions are open as usual: Casement in Kerry, Art in the Park off the Rails: The Kingdom of Kerry and the Main Museum Gallery. Please note that tickets for the Festive Hall have to be booked in advance.

By |November 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized||

Exhibition Launch: The Kingdom of Kerry

Join us for the opening of our new temporary exhibition Art in the Park off the Rails: The Kingdom of Kerry, featuring exhibits by more than 30 Kerry artists. Now in its second year, Art in the Park off the Rails is a joint creative project by Tralee Chamber Alliance and Kerry County Museum. The launch of this exciting exhibition will take place on Thursday 28 November at 7pm, all welcome! The Kingdom of Kerry will run until April 2020.

By |November 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized||

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