#LoveTheatreDay -The Story of the Ashe Memorial Hall

Today the 18th of November marks #LoveTheatreDay a day when cultural institutions come together to celebrate theatres all over the globe. We would like to mark the occasion by telling you the story of the Ashe Memorial Hall.

The Ashe Memorial Hall was built in the 1920s as the seat of local government, one of the first, and one of the very few, new public buildings erected in the country after the foundation of the state. The money to build it came from the British government, compensation for the destruction of the old County Hall by the Black and Tans during the War of Independence. But rather than rebuilding on the original site, the local authority chose to locate the new building in the demesne of the Denny estate, landlords of the town since the Elizabethan plantation of the 16th century. This was a deliberate statement in stone of the transfer of power to the new, independent, Ireland.

Initially referred to as the County Hall, it was proposed to name the building the O’Connell Hall in memory of Daniel O’Connell. This proposal was defeated, however, and it was instead named after Thomas Ashe because, as the Chairman of Kerry County Council remarked, it was men like Ashe who had made the Hall possible.

A theatre/dancehall/cinema was integral to the plans, and it was designed to occupy the central well of the building, with the offices around the perimeter. The hall was the first part of the building to open in May 1928. The official opening of the theatre was performed by the Dean, Monsignor O’Leary, who was in no doubt about the historic significance of the occasion:

“Today, the County Council was elected by the people and through them, the people are rulers of their own destinies”.

The hall was launched with an “Irish-Ireland Concert” a mixture of parlour songs, Irish ballads, Irish dancing, and a comedy routine. The evening finished with a performance by Gerald Crofts who was a poet and a singer, described in his prime as ‘a blue-eyed fair-haired Orpheus’. He had a fine tenor voice and was a favourite performer in patriotic concerts. His brother Joseph was a composer, pianist and arranger; he and Peadar Kearney both served in Dublin in Easter Week. His personal friends included Sean Mac Diarmada and Eamonn Ceannt among the executed leaders, and also Countess Markiewicz.

His performance that night included ‘Caoine Donncadha Bhain’, ‘Boolavogue’, ‘Thank You Ma’am Said Dan’ and other favourites. His finale was a rendition of Ashe’s poem ‘Let Me Carry Your Cross for Ireland Lord’, which he said he had heard first from Ashe himself while both were in Dartmoor Jail in 1916. The newspapers reported that “this declaration was greeted with tumultuous applause”.

With this rousing launch, the hall was well and truly on its way. Performances, films and dances continued for the next fifty years. In the 1980s the building underwent significant refurbishment and the hall was closed. Kerry County Museum now occupies the space in the central well of the building.

If you would like to share any memories, stories or photos of the Ashe Memorial Theater, please email education@kerrymuseum.ie

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By |November 17th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , , , |

It’s Science Week

It’s Science Week Ireland!
Join us for a  mini-lecture series celebrating archaeological science. Listen to Archaeologist from Ireland and the USA discusses using 21st-century science to reveal the Neolithic secrets of Killaclohane Portal Tomb.

The Tomb in the Lab reveals the secrets of Killaclohane Portal Tomb, which dates back 6,000 years, to students as part of Science Week, which runs until November 19. ‘The Tomb in the Lab’ is a series of discussions, demonstrations, and displays based on the site, Kerry’s oldest- known man-made structure, dating back to around 3800 BC.

The Neolithic tomb underwent a major excavation and restoration programme in 2015 and the artefacts found, including human bone, pottery fragments, and flint tools, have been the subject of intensive scientific scrutiny.

Lecture 1 – Dr Michael Connolly  click here

Lecture 2 – Dr Linda Lynch click here 

Lecture 3- Dr Kendra Sirak click here

 

 

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By |November 9th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Online Kerry Secondary Schools Initiative: The Kerry Young Historian Award

Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society and Kerry County Museum are delighted to announce a new online Education and Outreach project aimed at young people interested in history, archaeology and heritage. The Kerry Young Historian Award is an annual online initiative open to all Kerry secondary schools and all young people aged 12 to 19.

The purpose of the award is to encourage participants to research, write and present 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.

This collaborative initiative of Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society and Kerry County Museum is supported by The Education Centre Tralee, Kerry County Council and the History Teachers’ Association of Ireland, Kerry branch.

Kerry Secondary Schools are asked to submit an expression of interest by Friday 6th November 2020 at the latest, earlier submissions welcome.

Project Support:

Once we have received expressions of interest, we will supply an Internal Heat Support Pack with helpful hints for teachers and students, best practice guidelines, logos, example and Kerry Young Historian certificates. If your school would like to participate, please submit an expression of interest (see form below) by contacting K.A.H.S. Education Officers Victoria McCarthy and Claudia Köhler at youngkerryhistorians@gmail.com.

Internal School Heat:

Each participating school will need to hold an Internal School Heat to select a student speaker to represent your school. The Internal School Heat should take place between January and March 2021. We are looking for a PowerPoint presentation between 10-15 minutes long which students use to present their research. One speaker from each school who participated in the Internal School Heat can be entered for the Kerry Young Historian Award Final. Please note that the name of the speaker, the title of their talk and PowerPoint presentation will be required by Friday 26 March 2021, earlier nominations are welcome.

The Kerry Young Historian Award Final:

The chosen speaker from each school will be invited to attend the online Kerry Young Historian Award Final. The Final event will take place via Zoom at the end of April 2021. The winner of the Young Kerry Historian Award will receive a prize and a trophy for their school.

Benefits:

The benefits of participating in the Kerry Young Historian Award include developing effective public speaking and presentation skills, research and interpretation skills, knowledge and confidence, critical analysis and original thought. Students can also use their research towards CBA:1 The Past in My Place local history projects. Students awarded first, second and third prize will be given the opportunity to present their research and publish their findings. Participants can include the award on university applications and references.

 

Expressions of Interest: The Kerry Young Historian Award 2021 

School name:

School Address:

 

School phone number:

School website:

 

Name of Principal:

Name of designated History Teacher:

Email of designated History Teacher:

Mobile number of designated History Teacher:

 

Preferred way of being contacted about the project:

⃝     Email         ⃝      School phone number    ⃝     Mobile number

 

GDPR: Please note that new data protection legislation provides for additional requirements in relation to retention of personal data. Currently, your contact information in form of a digital expression of interest form will be retained by project managers Claudia Köhler (Kerry County Museum) and Victoria McCarthy (Kerry County Council) until the project is completed. We will never share your personal data externally or maintain an electronic database.

 

Do you have any comments, queries or suggestions for us at this stage? Please let us know: youngkerryhistorians@gmail.com

 

 

By |October 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Online Kerry Primary Schools Competition: Explore Your Local Heritage

The Explore Your Local Heritage Competition is a creative collaboration of the Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society and Kerry County Museum and kindly supported by The Education Centre Tralee and Kerry County Council. The online competition invites all primary schools in Kerry to explore your local heritage and share their 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. Ideally, each school will include examples of the built, natural and cultural heritage.

The project will culminate in an online exhibition featuring all entries. A panel of adjudicators will judge the competition entries and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners will receive a voucher for a complementary visit to Kerry County Museum as well as a prize for the school.

If you are interested in participating, please submit an expression of interest (see form below) by sending the completed form to youngkerryhistorians@gmail.com by Friday 6th November 2020 at the latest, earlier submissions are more than welcome.

 

Project support:

Once we have received expressions of interest, we will send participating schools an information pack and we will hold an information session to discuss the project in detail. We will be available throughout the project duration to answer questions and for general guidance.

Project categories:

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. Each school can either enter a joint school project representing as many pupils of the school as possible [especially in the case of smaller schools] or two separate projects from pupils aged 4-7 and 8-12 years.

Competition rules:

  • Each entry must be the original, creative work of the entering school
  • While Covid 19 restriction are in place, each entry must be submitted online via PDF (and mp3/mp4 file if oral history or music/drama is included)
  • Judging will be based on three criteria: Depth of exploration of local heritage, interpretation of themes and artistic merits
  • The theme of the competition is on local heritage with your school as focal point. Each project entry should be accompanied by
  • Name and address of the school
  • Contact name and number of a designated teacher
  • Number and ages of involved pupils
  • A descriptive paragraph detailing different aspects of the project, why it was chosen and what special meaning it may have

Closing date: The closing date for project submissions is Friday 2nd April 2021 at the latest, earlier submissions are more than welcome.

 

 

Expressions of Interest: Explore your Local Heritage Competition 

School name:

School Address:

 

School phone number:

School website:

 

Name of Principal:

Name of designated project contact:

Position of designated project contact:

Email of designated project contact:

Mobile phone number of designated project contact:

 

Preferred way of being contacted about the project:

     Email                     ⃝     School phone number    ⃝     Mobile number

 

Do you already know if multiple classes will participate?

⃝     Yes                         ⃝     No                          ⃝    To be decided at a later stage

 

If Yes, what class(es) will participate:

 

GDPR: Please note that new data protection legislation provides for additional requirements in relation to retention of personal data. Currently, your contact information in form of a digital expression of interest form will be retained by project managers Claudia Köhler (Kerry County Museum) and Victoria McCarthy (Kerry County Council) until the project is completed. We will never share your personal data externally or maintain an electronic database.

 

By |October 21st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Kerry County Museum closed until further notice

Dear visitors, Kerry County Museum will be closed from Wednesday 7th October 2020 until further notice as directed by government guidelines. However, we are working behind closed doors and continue to create exciting events and exhibitions for when we open again. Meanwhile, why not check out our extensive online resources or contact us if you have any questions at 0667127777 or email info@kerrymuseum.ie.

By |October 7th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Culture Night 18 September: Online Trad session with Sliabh Mish Comhaltas

Did you know that Kerry County Museum, Siamsa Tire and Samhlaiocht brought Culture Night to Kerry in 2009? Kerry’s first Culture Night “Dancing in the Street” brought more than 5000 people together on Denny Street to break the World Record for street dancing. For the past 11 years the Museum has hosted a wide range of cultural events in the Ashe Memorial Hall and we were delighted to welcome hundreds of visitors for our “Night at the Museum”.  This year, Culture Night is taking place on Friday 18 September and the Museum is celebrating the evening with an online trad session with Sliabh Mish Comhaltas. Enjoy a collage of short sessions from previous years from the talented young musicians who have been performing at the Museum every year since 2012. For other Culture Night events in Kerry have a look at: culture night kerry events

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

Gowns of Glory

Kerry County Museum in Tralee is hosting the exhibition which charts the changing styles over the decades and it’s an absolute must for anyone with an interest in fashion. The exhibition includes 30 dresses over six decades, from Alice O’Sullivan’s gown in 1959 to the present.

By |August 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

From Milltown’s First Farmers to Landed Gentry: the archaeology of the N70 Kilderry Bends Road Improvement Scheme in County Kerry

Between September 2017 and May 2018, along a mere 2 km length of the N70 road realignment on the outskirts of Milltown, Co. Kerry, archaeologists uncovered evidence of human activity spanning 5,600 years. This included a Neolithic flint arrowhead and stone bead, a Bronze Age fulacht fia, and the remains of a 19th-century cottage. Most significant perhaps was the part excavation of a trivallate ringfort, known as Lissaniska, which is one of the few sites in ireland to have yielded direct evidence of early medieval flax processing. These discoveries are presented in this multimedia Story Map produced by Archaeological Consultancy Services Unit Ltd on behalf of Kerry County Council and Transport Infrastructure Ireland.

 

Click here for story map  

 

Click here for video 

By |August 20th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Now open – Drawing the Landscape

Drawing the Landscape

In the 1850s a group of six men travelled around Kerry mapping the geological landscape in the county. Their work was part of the Geological Survey of Ireland’s ambitious project to produce a geological map of the entire country on a scale of one inch to one mile. The project took forty-two years to complete, starting in County Wexford in 1845 and finishing in County Donegal in 1887.

They used Ordnance Survey maps on the scale of six inches to the mile as a base, with the sheets quartered for ease of handling. Wielding a hammer, the geologist would expose a sliver of rock, examine it through a lens, record in pencil the location on the field map, and make notes and sketches in field notebooks. The information recorded would be inked in during the evening. Later, the data would be compiled and drawn onto a one-inch map.

Their work was primarily focused on rock formations, but, as this exhibition shows, some of the men were also talented artists, including decorative sketches and watercolours along with their notes on the maps.

This exhibition is organized by local geologist Gosia Shaikh-Horajska, founder of Kerry Geo Adventures, in partnership with Kerry County Museum and the Geological Survey of Ireland.

 

Drawings by George Victor Du Noyer, Frederick James Foot, William Hellier Baily, Joseph O’Kelly, Arthur Beavour Wynne, George Henry Kinahan

By |July 31st, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

Free Entry Thursday 30th July 2020

FREE ENTRY today as past of the Experience Kerry Kerry Tourism Open House Day – There will be free entry to visitor attractions throughout Kerry on Thursday, July 30 as part of a new initiative launched by Kerry County Council and the Kerry Tourism Industry Federation.

Click for details – PRE BOOKING required for some attractions: more info 

 

Pre BOOKING is NOT necessary but gallery capacity is limited. Queuing will be necessary if/when each gallery reaches its maximum capacity.

 

Opening Time: 9:30 am -5:00 pm – (last admission 4:00 pm)

 

 

By |July 30th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized||

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