KERRY COUNTY MUSEUM: Awarded Maintenance of Full Accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI)

The Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI), which started in 2006 with just 12 participants, now has 57 museums across the island of Ireland, participating in it. The programme recognises excellence in caring for collections, museum management, education, exhibition and visitor services.

Speaking at the event the Chairman of the Heritage Council, Mr. Michael Parsons, said, “What we see through this programme is that Ireland’s museums are exciting and vibrant places where the staff are working hard, often with very limited budgets and resources, to ensure that the collections in their care are protected and made available to the public. Not only is this important work from a cultural point of view, it also supports tourism in a locality and helps people feel proud of the place where they live”.



KERRY COUNTY MUSEUM:  Awarded Maintenance of Full Accreditation in the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland (MSPI)

In its journey through the accreditation process Kerry County Museum has consistently demonstrated the highest professional standards across every area of its work and this is in no small way reflected in its commitment to achieving and maintaining the requirements of MSPI accreditation.

During the first assessment visits the museum staff expressed clearly how the museum should develop to be a museum for the whole county and be recognised as a centre of excellence.  The reorganisation of local government has helped to cement that vision and the museum is now, beyond doubt, The Kerry County Museum in name and nature.

Its Assessor commented, ‘Every time I visit the museum I am impressed by some new innovation or exhibition.  The term ‘blockbuster’ is not inappropriate for some of the major temporary exhibitions which the museum has staged in recent years, and the current offer: “Casement in Kerry: A Revolutionary Journey” maintains that first class track record. Designed and produced by the museum staff, at relatively low cost, the exhibition is evidence of the museum’s ability to stage well-researched, topical exhibitions of international as well as local interest.  It also illustrates well the efforts of the small but dedicated team in locating and borrowing rare and important items from individuals and major international institutions’.

The Assessor said, ‘I have no hesitation in recommending that this excellent museum be awarded recognition for maintaining all interim and full standards of the Museum Standards Programme for Ireland’.


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By |July 13th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||

Thomas Ashe Symposium 24 June

Event details

  • Saturday | June 24, 2017
  • 2:00 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Kerry County Museum


On the anniversary of the death of Thomas Ashe, Kerry Film Festival in association with Kerry County Council, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Kerry County Museum will host a symposium on Thomas Ashe followed by a screening of ‘Fingal’s Finest’.

Opening Address:
Helen O’Carroll (Curator, Kerry County Museum)
Michele Moriarty Jones – Thomas Ashe: Kerry’s Forgotten Hero
Colin and David Farrell – Director/Producer – ‘Fingal’s Finest’

Closing Film: Fingal’s Finest
Tile Media / Documentary /Drama / 52 minutes

Limited seating (admission with ticket only)

Presented by Kerry Film Festival, in association with Kerry County Council, Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and Kerry County Museum.

By |June 20th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||

The Park Family Festival -Féile na mblath

This weekend to celebrate ‘The Park Family Festival’ there will be free entry to the Medieval Experience. So come along and take a ramble through Medieval Tralee. Experience the sights, sounds and smells.






By |June 16th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||

Marketing Officer wins The Business of Tourism Award with Connect Kerry

Congratulations to our wonderful marketing officer Sandra Leahy who recently won ‘The Business of Tourism Award’ with Connect Kerry. Sandra is always hard at work  promoting the Museum and all other Tralee activities throughout the country. sandra 1

By |June 16th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||

Killaclohane Portal Tomb- Ancient Past, Youthful Imagination

Kerry County Museum along with KCC Archaeology Department have been involved in creating an innovative and unique educational project based on the equally impressive project to conserve and excavate the oldest extant archaeological monument in the county, a portal tomb at Killaclohane, Milltown.  The project successfully conserved the tomb for future generations while the excavations provided an insight into how the tomb was built and the burial rites of the first farmers as they began to permanently settle the county around 4,000BC

This project has allowed over 70 students from Cloiste Gleann Li, Mean Scoil Nua Leigh Truigh, and Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk to embark on a journey of exploration .Each school has examined different aspects of the Portal Tomb in Killaclohane through creative writing, artwork and film making with the help of wonderful facilitators Lone O’ Reilly, Roisin McGuigan, Máire Holmes, Alan Cantwell and Justin Flynn.

The exhibition ‘Killaclohane Portal Tomb- Ancient Past, Youthful Imagination will open on Tuesday 23rd of May in Kerry County Museum at 11am.

For further information about the Killacllohane Portal tomb please visit the museums website.

By |May 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||

Temporary closure of The Medieval Experience

The Medieval experience is currently being transformed into ‘The Enchanted Hall’ for our Easter event. The Medieval experience will be closed from today Saturday 01/04/17 until Tuesday 18/04/17. We apologies for any inconvience caused during this time.

By |April 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized||

Christmas Arrangements

Christmas Arrangements

Kerry County Museum will close at 4:30 pm on Friday 23rd December 2016 and will re-open to the public at 9:30 am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

By |December 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||

New Opening Times from 1st September2016

Our new opening times come into effect 1st September  2016

By |August 31st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||

Commemorating Casement’s Death

Admission to Kerry County Museum will be free tomorrow, Wednesday 3 August to commemorate Roger Casement’s execution in Pentonville Prison, London on this day 100 years ago. The Museum is open from 9.30am until 5.30pm – last admission is at 4.30pm.

Ballyheigue History and Heritage Group is hosting a series of activities on the evening of Wednesday 3 August including musical pieces and a spectacular flare display by the Inshore Rescue, the unveiling of a plaque by Sean Seosamh O Conchuir and an illustrated lecture by our curator Helen O’Carroll at 8pm.

Various events will also take place in Dublin, including a special event at the Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel, Co. Dublin, between 11 am and 5 pm to commemorate the life and legacy of Roger Casement. Museum curator Helen O’Carroll will give a presentation on our current major exhibition “Casement in Kerry: a revolutionary journey”.


By |August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||

Launch of Media Rising – Interactive 1916 multi-media exhibition

Media Rising, an interactive exhibition which brings the little known stories of 1916 to life, will launch at Kerry County Museum on Thursday, May 19th at 7pm. The exhibition will continue until September 2016.

In the exhibition, see history brought into the present day, through the use of new and innovative technology. Explore the lengths that were taken to print the 1916 Proclamation in the days and hours leading up to Easter Monday 1916. Hear the story of the world’s first radio broadcast which was aired by the volunteers of the Rising from the Dublin telegraphy school. Become immersed in what became an iconic moment in time as Padraig Pearse reads the 1916 Proclamation, before your eyes, surprising you with a modern 2016 twist.

The exhibition offers a unique interactive experience for visitors to engage with, and explore history in a new way.

Media Rising is produced by Noel Nash, Liam McElligott, Jenny Plunkett and Aine Brennan, BA (Hons) Design for Interactive Multimedia, Institute of Technology Tralee.

All are welcome!

By |May 15th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||

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