Inspired by Objects: Free Creative Writing Workshop

Join published writer Bayveen O’Connell for a free creative writing workshop at Kerry County Museum. The aim of this creative workshop is to inspire museum visitors to engage with objects in a creative way. The workshop is aimed at writers and members of the public of all levels of writing experience. Writers of all genres are welcome. The participants will spend time with the artefact, draw inspiration from it and from the theme it inspires, and will produce a piece of writing they can share on the museum’s website. 

Bayveen has been giving regular professional Creative Writing Workshops in person and online since 2018. Her fiction and non-fiction have been published in Irish and international print anthologies and in online literary magazines. She has a background in TEFL teaching, and holds a BA English, Media & Cultural Studies, an MLitt in Publishing, and is currently doing an MA in Museum Studies. In July 2022, she delivered an ekphrastic themed workshop on the Retreat West writing platform. Her writing has been nominated for Best Microfiction and the Pushcart Prize. She has a deep interest in writing inspired by art and artefacts and is exploring this in her Museum Studies dissertation. She is also currently working on her collection of flash fiction – short fiction of fewer than 1000 words.

By |March 22nd, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Saint Patrick’s Day: Free Entry to the Museum after the Parade

We love St Patrick’s Day and Kerry County Museum is inviting everyone to visit us free of charge after the Parade. The Tralee St Patricks Day Festival Parade 2023 will take place on Friday March 17 at 12 noon starting from the John Joe Sheehy Road, Tralee. Come and see us afterwards – it’s always great fun and we will have some fun picture opportunities ready for you!

By |March 15th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Dig Tralee Information Evening

Dig Tralee – Information Evening with Dr Michael Connolly, County Archaeologist- Tuesday 28th March – 7pm – in Kerry County Libary Moyderwell, Tralee

Have you ever dreamed of being like Indiana Jones? Now’s your chance! We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to work on an exciting community archaeology project. Summer 2023 is the second year of Dig Tralee , a major archaeological excavation at Knockanacuig, the site of a prehistoric monument complex.  The aim of the project is to explore this ancient monument and uncover what role it might have played in the origins of Tralee. The dig will be lead by a team of professional archaeologists with the support from community volunteers. We’re looking for people who have an interest in archaeology and history, like working outdoors, and are keen to learn new skills by working alongside experts. Open to all over 18 years of age.

To find out more about the project join us on Tuesday 28th of March at 7pm in Kerry County Library Moyderwell, Tralee.

By |March 15th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Kerry Civil War Conference at Siamsa Tire 23/24/25 February 2023

A three-day conference marking the centenary of the Irish Civil War, assessing its history, memory and legacy is taking place at Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, County Kerry on 23/24/25 February 2023. The keynote address will be delivered by Professor Diarmaid Ferriter (U.C.D.), ‘Faith, Reason and Betrayal: The Irish Civil War’. The conference is being livestreamed at www.

Kerry County Museum curator Helen O’Carroll will present a paper on Saturday 25 February as part of the panel discussion Panel 4: Civilian and Socio-Economic Impacts of the Civil War, which will take place from 9.15am-10.45pm. Her paper will be on the museum’s forthcoming exhibition ‘Decade’: Ten Objects which Portray the Lived Experience of People in Kerry during the Turbulent Period of 1918-28′. The full programme of events is available on the conference website www.

The conference is being organised and managed by Kerry natives, Dr Mary McAuliffe, Bridget McAuliffe and Owen O’Shea, who are a team of professionals with extensive experience in conceptualising, developing, presenting and showcasing history and historical events to a wide audience. The three organisers have comprehensive experience in research, writing, publishing, broadcasting, event management and public relations. Between them, they have written and published several books and articles on the history of this period in Kerry and in Ireland.

By |February 24th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Saint Brigid Cross making Origami workshop on Saturday 4 February

St. Brigid’s Day – Lá Fhéile Bríde – celebrates Ireland’s only female patron saint on February 1 and most people will be familiar with the popular tradition of making crosses in St Brigid’s honour. Join artist Rebecca Lyons at Kerry County Museum ob Saturday 4 February from 11am until 3pm for a St. Brigid cross making workshop using Origami techniques. As Brigid is associated with the arrival of spring, Rebecca is also going to show you how to make simple but beautiful Origami flowers. This drop-in workshop is suitable for all ages and is included in the regular admission fee: €5 for adults; children go free.

By |January 26th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Chinese New Year event at the Museum on Saturday 28 January

2023 is a year of the Water Rabbit. The rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture and 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope. Are you heading into Tralee on Saturday 28 January to partake in the Chinese New Year festivities? Make sure to drop into our museum to make your own Chinese dragon puppet. This fun family activity is included in our admission fee of €3 per adult; children go free. Better still, our visitors can avail of two for the price of one on Saturday 28 January. For the full programme of events taking place in Tralee check Tralee Chamber Alliance’s social media.

By |January 26th, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Museum Opening Times January 2023

Happy New Year! We are back open Tuesdays to Saturdays 9:30am to 5:00pm; last admission is at 4:00pm. During January, the Medieval Experience and Archaeology remain closed to our visitors as it gives us a chance to follow-up on necessary maintenance work in the exhibitions. We will be fully back open for Saint Brigid’s Bank holiday weekend. Following exhibitions are open as usual: Casement in Kerry (1916), Main Museum Gallery, Audio-Visual Room and Tom Crean Polar Room. Visitors can avail of a reduced admission fee of €3 for adults and children go free. Watch this space as we are going to launch a new temporary community art exhibition shortly and we are also planning drop-in arts and crafts events for families.

Three major exhibitions for only €3 per person: Casement in Kerry, Main Museum Gallery and Tom Crean Polar Room. Family offer: children go free

By |January 21st, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Christmas Arrangements 

Kerry County Museum will close at 5.40pm on Friday 23 December 2021 and will re-open to the public at 10.00 am on Tuesday 3 January 2023.  We wish you all a very happy Christmas and a great start into the New Year!

By |December 14th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Festive Hall cancelled Sat 10 & Sun 11 December due to severe weather conditions

We apologise for any inconvience caused and will contact all ticket holders to arrange a new visiting time.

By |December 10th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

December 2022: Museum open Wednesdays to Fridays to facilitate Christmas event

As of Saturday 26 November, Kerry County Museum will be open Wednesday to Friday 9:30am until 5:00pm. We will be closed Mondays and Tuesdays and at the weekends to facilitate the Festive Hall Christmas event, which is fully booked out. Access to the Festive Hall is via the Tourist Office entrance facing the Town Park and playground.

Please note that Kerry County Museum’s ground floor galleries, The Archaeology Hall and Medieval Experience will be closed until the end of January 2023. All first floor galleries remain open, including Casement in Kerry: A Revolutionary Journey; Temporary Exhibition Room, Audio-Visual Room; Main Museum Gallery & the Tom Crean Polar Room. Visitors can avail of a reduced admission rate of €3 per adult, children are free as part of a family visit.

If you have any queries about our opening times or access to the building during the festive period please call us at 0667127777 or send an email to

By |November 7th, 2022|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

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