Tralee 800 School Competition

Did you know that Tralee is 800 years old this year? It was founded by the Fitzgeralds in 1216. To celebrate this very special anniversary, Kerry County Museum would like to invite all local primary schools to enter our Tralee 800 Competition. This is your chance to win a free Living History Workshop with re-enactment group Deise Medieval from Waterford for up to 60 pupils at the Museum on Friday 17th June 2016. The theme of our competition is Medieval Tralee. To enter simply submit your creative project (arts, crafts, costumes, creative writing, drama, dance song – you name it) to the Museum by 31st May. The competition is open to all primary school classes. The winning pieces will be showcased at the Park Festival weekend on June 18th and 19th when Deise Medieval will set up camp in our Town Park. Good luck!12314110_911428122272784_3355029631944702715_n

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

Get Drawing on Saturday 21 May

National Drawing Day takes place in over 160 Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Cultural Centres across Ireland on Saturday 21 May. This annual event is an opportunity to encourage people of all ages to try drawing and sketching. Simply pick up a clip board and pencil at reception and get drawing. Be inspired by our latest exhibition Casement in Kerry or draw a scene from the Medieval Experience – we would love to see the results.

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

Casement in Kerry: a revolutionary journey

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Sir Roger Casement’s landing at Banna Strand on Good Friday 1916 was a pivotal event in the run up to the rebellion that broke out in Dublin a few days later. Our exhibition guides the visitor through Casement’s fascinating life journey; from crown servant, to celebrated international humanitarian, to doomed revolutionary. We explore the repercussions this remarkable man’s brief sojourn in Kerry had on locals, how the failure of his gun running mission affected The Rising, and how his trial for High Treason was prosecuted in London. The exhibition also explores his posthumous legacy and provides a unique opportunity to view items that have never been exhibited before. With its non-Dublin focus ‘Casement in Kerry: a revolutionary journey’ makes an important contribution to the national commemoration of the 1916 Easter Rising

By |March 9th, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized||

Christmas Arrangements

Kerry County Museum will close at 4.00pm on Wednesday 23 December 2015 and will re-open to the public at 9.30am on Tuesday 5 January 2016. ​

By |December 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||

The Haunted Hall

October 24 @ 10:00 am – October 31 @ 5:00 pm
This Halloween dare you visit? Visit the Haunted Hall at Kerry County Museum this Halloween for a thrilling, heart-stopping, fun-filled experience the whole family will enjoy. Guides will help you navigate your way around Medieval Tralee but be warned, the place has been taken over by an army of ghosts! So keep your eyes peeled and always expect the unexpected. Are you brave enough to enter? Open daily, 10am-5pm [scariest time to visit: 12noon – 4pm] Entry Fee: Adults €5, Children FREE [3 children free with every paying adult, €1 per extra child]

Due to unforeseen demand tours of ‘The Haunted Hall’ are on a first come first served basis.
self guided non scary tours 10-12pm
scariest guided tour times to visit 12-4pm

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By |October 30th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||

Ask an Archaeologist!

Join Michael and Jemma at the Museum on Friday 28 August 2015 from 2.30-4pm and find out what it is like to be on a dig. The two archaeologists recently excavated a Neolithic tomb in Kerry and have lots of stories to tell. Two finds from the tomb will be on display, a saddle quern stone and a curious late medieval coin! This is also your chance to play a fun game of snakes and ladders based on Michael’s and Jemma’s dig. This is a free Heritage Week event for families, all welcome.11899941_867434766639052_4089936357319959729_n

By |August 26th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||

Heritage Education Award for Kerry County Museum

Kerry County Museum is delighted to announce that it has added the Sandford Award to its impressive list of accolades. The Sandford Award recognises excellence in the provision of heritage education, particularly to schools but also in the area of informal learning such as family programmes. It is managed by the Heritage Education Trust in the UK in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University in Lincoln, and it encourages opportunities for children to explore their heritage outside of the classroom.


The Judges’ report noted:

“The standard of delivery observed was generally very high. Critical thinking, emotional learning and creativity are at the centre of planning for learning programmes. Kerry County Museum is blessed with the most important resource of any heritage learning facility, a dedicated and knowledgeable team, which develops and delivers meaningful and instructive programmes at all levels”.


Helen O’Carroll, Museum Manager, is thrilled with the Award and with the Judges’ findings: “This is a fantastic achievement by the whole team and I am really pleased that the Judges identified the dedication, commitment and sense of community that is so necessary in a small group such as ours. We mightn’t be the biggest museum in the world or have the largest budget but we have one of the most important core ingredients – a terrific bunch of people who are passionate about what they do. Our team is small but our energy and enthusiasm are huge and that’s why we are able to deliver programmes that engage and inspire”.


Kerry County Museum is now a member of a select group as one of only four holders of the Award in Ireland, joining Muckross Traditional Farms, Fota Wildlife Park and the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life. The Award is granted for a period of five years, and each site is reassessed before regaining the imprimatur. Kerry is perhaps a hot-spot for the Award as the first time it was granted outside of the UK the honour went to Muckross in 2003 and they have successfully retained it ever since.


The Report highlighted the team’s skill in delivering enjoyable and interactive experiences that suit a range of ages, abilities and learning styles. Education Officer Claudia Kohler says that adaptability is the key to using all of the Museum’s resources so that programmes can be tailored to different groups and abilities: “the Museum as a whole is an amazingly rich resource that can be drawn on in all sorts of ways. Our exhibitions cover 8,000 years of the history of Kerry, telling local stories set in a national context. We have different themed trails throughout the displays and we use activity sheets, interactive exhibits as well as guided tours to draw out stories that are relevant across the primary and secondary school curriculum”.


Claudia is delighted that the Judges picked the Medieval Experience as the highlight. “They point out that it is a superb teaching resource for schools and a great tool for comparative social, environmental and scientific studies of the local area. It includes our archaeology workshop, ‘Bone Investigators’, where children get to dig up two Viking skeletons, a man and a woman, along with exciting replica grave goods”.


The Sandford Award’s official citation declares that:

“Kerry County Museum offers learning programmes that are very well developed and delivered in a sensitive way by a knowledgeable and talented team.  Schools, families and community groups will benefit from a visit, as the collection and galleries cover the history of settlement and life in Kerry for over eight thousand years, bringing it alive with dioramas and stories of real people and communities. It is a living history that educates and entertains”.


The awards ceremony will take place in November, but in the meantime, Kerry County Museum can now add its name to an august list of winners, and take its place as one of the leading providers of heritage education in the country.


By |July 30th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||

Zhejiang Re-Design Exhibition

Kerry County Museum is delighted to host an exhibition showcasing Chinese Creative Culture using traditional materials as part of the Zhejiang Cultural Festival 2015. The exhibition will be officially opened by Cllr. Pat McCarthy, Mayor of Kerry, Mr. Jiwei Zheng, Vice-Governor of Zhejiang Province, China and Mr. Jianguo Xu, Chinese Ambassador to Ireland on Saturday 25th July at 3.30pm.  The exhibition will run from 25th – 29th July and admission is free of charge. All welcome.  Other events include a traditional Chinese Museum Concert in Siamsa Tire Folk Theatre on Saturday 25th July at 1.30pm. All events are free of charge but it is essential to pre-book the concert at Siamsa Tire. The festival is supported by the Zhejiang Provincial Department of Culture, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ireland and Kerry County Council.

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By |July 22nd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||

Knights in Shining Armour!

Two men dressed in full medieval armour paid a surprise visit to the Museum on Tuesday 24th March. Brendan Halpin and Jack Pinson are members of Medieval Armoured Combat Ireland, which promotes full contact sport in medieval armour. They are part of a team of five representing Ireland in the World Championships to be held in Malbork, in Poland between the 29th April and 2nd May this year. On Monday 23rd March they set out from Waterville with the intention of hitchhiking their way along the west coast of Ireland to Galway, dressed as two fully-armoured medieval knights to raise awareness of their participation in the World Championships. They arrived unexpectedly and surprised some of the school groups on the Museum’s Easter trail – the kids were of course madly enthusiastic when they saw them and bombarded with them with questions. Brendan and Jack spent the morning with the groups, answering questions and demonstrating their skills in medieval combat. Good luck to the two boys in the World Championships and be sure to stop if you see them on the road in the next few days – you can’t miss them!

By |March 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||

The Fram goes green as it hosts Tom Crean!


“The Fram”, the original Norwegian polar exploration ship, which was used by the Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen and his team to become the first explorers to reach the South Pole, will turn green in Oslo on St Patrick’s Day as part of Tourism Ireland’s Global Greening. This sees a host of major landmarks and iconic sites around the world illuminated in green for St Patrick’s Day.

Like Norway, Ireland is one of only a small number of countries around the globe which can boast of having had a member of the polar expeditions during the heroic age of polar exploration. To highlight this link, the Irish Embassy in Oslo is hosting its St Patrick’s Day reception on the deck of the ship. Aidan Dooley has been invited to perform excerpts of his acclaimed play Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer at the reception.  Amundsen is a very revered figure in Norway and the Embassy is hopeful that the highlighting of the link between his efforts and those of Crean will help to reinforce the strong links between Norway and Ireland.

By |February 23rd, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized||

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