The Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, Kerry County Museum and Kerry County Council are delighted to announce a new education and outreach project aimed at young people interested in history, archaeology and heritage. The Young Kerry Historian Award is an annual initiative open to all Kerry secondary schools and all Kerry students aged 12 to 19. It is kindly supported by The Education Centre Tralee and The History Teachers’ Association of Ireland, Kerry branch.

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

Award Prize: Winning essays will be published in The Kerry magazine, an annual publication by The Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society. Each participating school will receive a voucher from Kerry County Museum for a free visit or outreach visit to the school.

New in 2023: First prize winning schools in the Junior and Senior categories will be guaranteed a free workshop at the Big Dig by the Irish School of Archaeology. This prestigious event takes place annually in Tralee Town Park as part of the Architecture Kerry Festival in September.

• Competition opens: September 2022
• Deadline for submissions of essays: March 2023

For further information please contact project managers Victoria McCarthy and Claudia Kohler at


Kerry Young Historian Award 2023 – Introductory session recorded 13 October 2022

Short Heritage Tutorials: How to research your locality [click on each title to view short video)

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