Explore our vast range of online resources for teachers, students and anyone interested in Kerry’s rich history and archaeology. Over the past two years, Kerry County Museum has compiled online resources for primary, secondary and third-level education to aid with remote learning. Simply scroll down this page to access tutorials, videos, podcasts, articles and activities based on our exhibitions and objects from our collection. Kerry County Museum would like to thank all contributors and cultural partner institutions who kindly made their material available to us to include in this section and for all to explore and enjoy.

Short Heritage Tutorials: How to research your locality

Tom Dillon, Historian and Kerry Historian in Residence 2020: The Importance of Local History [Duration: 3 mins]

Tom Dillon, Historian and Kerry Historian in Residence 2020: The Importance of Sources [Duration: 3 mins]

Dr. Michael Connolly, Kerry County Archaeologist: Researching a Monument in your Locality [Duration: 6 mins]

Dr. Michael Connolly, Kerry County Archaeologist: The Job of a County Archaeologist [Duration: 5 mins]

Victoria McCarthy, Kerry Architectural Conservation Officer: Researching a Building in your Locality [4 mins]

Helen O’Carroll, Curator and Manager of Kerry County Museum: Researching an Object [Duration: 5 mins]

All six History and Heritage Tutorials in one document: Download PDF

Tom Crean & Polar Exploration: 

Are you a primary school teacher, educator or parent looking for fun activities and information on Tom Crean?

The Mobile Museum: Discover our Tom Crean Handling Collection

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


Artefacts and Archaeology:

20:20 – Radio Kerry Podcasts based on our Collectionhttp://kerrymuseum.ie/collections/2020-kerry/

What’s in the Box?! – Object based Learning: http://kerrymuseum.ie/learning/whats-in-the-box/

Killaclohane Portal Tomb – A Virtual Dig: http://kerrymuseum.ie/learning/killaclohane-portal-tomb/

Collection Highlights – A Virtual Exploration: http://kerrymuseum.ie/collections/collection-highlights/

Killaclohane Portal Tomb, near Milltown: Kerry in the Stone Age

For Secondary Schools:

Science Week 2017 – The Tomb in the Lab: watch highlights here [3:38 mins]

Dr. Michael Connolly, Kerry County Archaeologist: The Archaeology of Killaclohane Portal tomb [30 minutes]

Dr. Linda Lynch, Osteoarchaeologist: Cremated human remains found at Killaclohane Portal Tomb [28 minutes]

Dr. Kendra Sirak, Anthropologist: Decoding the Past – Ancient DNA from Killaclohane Portal Tomb [33 minutes]

For more more information, including a virtual tour of the tomb, please have a look HERE.

For Primary Schools:

Killaclohane Portal Tomb for children: Watch Here  [2 mins]

Flint Knapping for Children with Farina: Watch Here [2 mins]

Play a Game of Snakes and Ladders based on the Killaclohane Dig: Download Game HERE

Tip for teachers: Print the game in A3 format and laminate it. All you need is a couple of dice and your pupils are ready to play and learn about archaeology in a fun way!

The Vikings in Kerry

Viking artefacts from Cloghermore Cave, near Tralee on display at the Main Gallery in Kerry County Museum

The Vikings in Kerry:

An object-based fact sheet for pupils exploring artefacts found at Cloghermore Cave, an important Viking burial site near Tralee. Some of these grave goods are on permanent display in the museum’s Main Gallery: Download here

An object-based fact sheet for teachers and adults interested in Viking Age Kerry based on the archaeological evidence from Cloghermore Cave.: Download here

Play like a Viking! Print out your own Hnefatafl game with instructions HERE

Medieval Tralee/ Life in Medieval Times:

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

A Timeline of Geraldine Tralee: Download here

Geraldine Tralee. An Irish Medieval Town: Download Exhibition Catalogue

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

Information panel Medieval Dominican Monastery TraleeDownload here

Kerry’s Architecture and Built Heritage:

Did you know: Denny Street, Tralee, Co Kerry is Europe’s most western planned Georgian streetscape!

We have teamed up with Architectural Conservation Officer Victoria McCarthy to create a project about Kerry’s beautiful historical buildings. Below you can find a fun video introduction to historic Kerry buildings, a step-by step manual on how to make your own Georgian house, a printable template and fun facts about Georgian houses and an activity booklet to discover more about Kerry’s architecture.

Video: Discover Kerry’s historic buildings & Make your own Georgian House  Watch video here

Printable template and fun facts: Make your own Georgian House: Download here 

Activity Booklet: Discover Kerry’s built environment: Download here

Publications & Articles by Kerry County Museum Team:

Antarctica. Beyond Endurance: Journey to the bottom of the Earth: 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

The Jeanie Johnston: Historical Background by Curator Helen O’Carroll: Download Article here

William Melville – Spymaster by Curator Helen O’Carroll: Download Article here 

From Sneem to Scotland Yard by Curator Helen O’ Carroll: Download Here

Recruiting the Dead. An Oration by Curator Helen O’Carroll: Download here

Casement in Kerry: A Revolutionary Journey by Curator Helen O’Carroll: Download Article here

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

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

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

My Great-Grandmother’s War of Independence Survivors Medal by Eoin Mac Uileagóid: Download Article here

Some of the above articles were first published in the Journal and Magazine of the Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society. Did you know that complete back issues of both publications can be purchased and downloaded online on the society’s new website? You can also subscribe to become a new member of the society by visiting www.kerryhistory.ie

Books and articles by County Archaeologist Dr Michael Connolly:

Would you like to read about Kerry’s archaeological heritage, including what archaeological excavations can tell us about the Vikings in Kerry? Simply click on the link below to access a wide range of free articles and books on Kerry’s rich archaeological heritage:


Armchair Travels with Museum Curator Helen O’Carroll:

While worldwide travel is still a little restricted join us as we select objects from the Museum’s collection, whose stories take you across the five continents of the world before bringing you back home to Kerry. We hope these will provide a fun, quirky and inspirational way of getting in touch with some of the county’s material heritage, which is held in trust for the people of Kerry by the Museum. It will take you to some of the unheralded parts of the county as well prompting a fresh look at familiar landmarks.

1- Watch a short video about a Piece of Eight Coin found in Beale Co.Kerry   

2- Watch a short video about A document dating to 1582 and it’s the connection to Smerick Habour 

3- Watch a short video about Kerry Head and Margaret Atwood author of The Handmaid’s Tale

Fossils and Geology:

Geology information signs and publications made available online on our website with kind permission by Dr Patrick Wyse Jackson, T.C.D. and Kerry County Council

Fun activity sheet: How to Draw Dinosaur Fossil

20:20 Radio Kerry Podcast – Fossils from Ballycarty Passage TombListen here

The Geology of County Kerry: Download Exhibition Catalogue

Roadside Geology of West Kerry Leaflet: Download here 

Launch of Roadside Geology of West Kerry: Read article here

West Kerry Geological Signs accompanied by articles published by West and Mid Kerry Live:

  1. Ferriter’s CoveDiscover More
    • West and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Ferriter’s Cove: 
  2. Clogher HeadDiscover MoreWest and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Clogher Head: Read here
  3. Slea HeadDiscover More 
    • West and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Slea Head: Read here
  4. Conor PassDiscover More
  5. Pedlars LakeDiscover More
    • West and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Pedlars Lake: Read here
  6. Kilmurry BayDiscover More
    • West and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Kilmurry Bay: Read here
  7. Inch BeachDiscover More
    • West and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Inch Beach: Read here
  8. MaghareesDiscover More
  9. KilgobbinDiscover More
  10. CaherconreeDiscover More
    • West and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Caherconree: Read here

Short Podcasts on Kerry’s Rich Heritage: 

From Natterjack Toads to Fossils in Tralee Courthouse, we would like to invite you to listen to Ceiliradh Ciarraí,  a potpourri of short podcasts celebrating Kerry’s rich heritage. This joint project by Radio Kerry and Kerry County Council was funded by the Heritage Council and first aired on Radio Kerry in 2001 and 2003. We would like to thank Radio Kerry and the various contributors to the programme.

Natural Heritage:

Natterjack Toads: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Pine Martins: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Whales: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Underwater Creatures: Listen in  English and as Gaeilge

Kerry Cows: Listen in English and as Gaeilge 

Red Deer: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Bats: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Lower Horseshoe Bat: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Birdwatching: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Choughs: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Kerry Slug: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Freshwater Pearl Mussels: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Oak Woods: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Yew Trees: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Rhododendron: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Volcanoes in Kerry: Listen in English

Kerry Mountain Formation: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Kerry Diamonds: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Fossils at Tralee Courthouse: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Old Kenmare Road: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Archaeology and History:

Ecclesiastical Heritage: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Archaeological Heritage: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Vikings in Kerry: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Ringforts: Listen in English and as Gaeilge