Only a Click Away – Researching Kerry’s Heritage Online

Kerry County Museum is currently not open to the public but why not explore our online resources? We have expert tutorials on how to do research online, enjoyable videos and podcasts about objects from our collection, educational activities for teachers and parents, colouring sheets based on our exhibitions, publications and articles written by Museum staff and volunteers and a day-by-day virtual dig based on the recent excavation and conservation of Killaclohane Portal Tomb, near Milltown, County Kerry.  If you are a teacher or educator and would like us to send you more information please email We might be in lockdown but we are here for you!  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.


Researching Kerry’s History and Heritage Online – Expert Tutorials to get you started:

Unlock your past tutorials

Kerry County Museum has created six introductory tutorials to help you with your local history research. These short videos feature local heritage experts describing in plain language how to research different aspects of Kerry’s history, archaeology and built heritage. Special emphasis is put on the use and availability of sources and how to access information online. Whether you are a local history enthusiast or a secondary school student working on a local history project, our video tutorials are an excellent starting point for researching Kerry’s past.


Tom Dillon, Historian and Kerry Historian in Residence 2020: The Importance of Local History [Duration: 2:15 mins]

Tom Dillon, Historian and Kerry Historian in Residence 2020: The Importance of Sources [Duration: 2:58 mins]

Dr. Michael Connolly, Kerry County Archaeologist: Researching a Monument in your Locality [Duration: 5.58 mins]

Dr. Michael Connolly, Kerry County Archaeologist: The Job of a County Archaeologist [Duration: 4.35 mins]

Victoria McCarthy, Kerry Architectural Conservation Officer: Researching a Building in your Locality [3:53 mins]

Helen O’Carroll, Curator and Manager of Kerry County Museum: Researching an Object [Duration: 4:36 mins]

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


Armchair Travels with Kerry County Museum:armchair4

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: Piece of Eight Coin found in Beale Co.Kerry   

2- Watch:  A document dating to 1582 and it’s the connection to Smerick Habour 

3- Watch: Kerry Head and Margaret Atwood author of The Handmaid’s Tale



Resources for Teachers and Parents:

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

Object-based activity sheets and educational resources perfect for the classroom and remote learning.

RTÉjr Radio podcast ‘Time Travels 2’ produced by Judy-Meg Ni Chinnéide, 

featuring Kerry County Museum and Tom Crean’s story: Link  PANGUR_TRAIL_DRESS_UP-150x150

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

Tom Crean primary school activity sheet (in conjunction with above exhibition catalogue): Download here


Artefacts and Archaeology:

Are you interested in archaeology, objects and what we can learn from them?

20:20 – Radio Kerry Podcasts based on our Collection: Museum Listowel Library National Book Week 2018

What’s in the Box?! – Object based Learning:

Killaclohane Portal Tomb – A Virtual Dig:

Collection Highlights – A Virtual Exploration:


Killaclohane Portal Tomb, near Milltown:

Are you a secondary school teacher or student interested in archaeology?

Science Week 2017 – The Tomb in the Lab: watch highlights here [Duration:  3:38 mins]11899941_867434766639052_4089936357319959729_n

Dr. Michael Connolly, Kerry County Archaeologist: The Archaeology of Killaclohane Portal tomb [Duration: 31.06]

Dr. Linda Lynch, Osteoarchaeologist: Cremated human remains found at Killaclohane Portal Tomb [Duration: 28:05]

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

[Duration: 32:44]


Medieval Tralee/ Life in Medieval Times:

MEDIEVAL_EXP_4Are you a primary school teacher, educator or parent looking for fun activities and information on medieval towns?

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 Tralee: Download here


Kerry’s Architecture and Built Heritage:20180929_160511

Are you a primary school teacher, educator or parent looking for a fun project about architecture and Kerry’s built heritage? 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.

We would love to see your finished projects!

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

Please send your comments, drawings or photographs to



Fossils and Geology:Fossil Explorer HW 2018

Are you interested in what type of fossils you can find in Kerry?


20:20 Radio Kerry Podcast – Fossils from Ballycarty Passage Tomb: Listen 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


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


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

  1. Ferriter’s Cove: Discover More
    • West and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Ferriter’s Cove: 
  2. Clogher Head: Discover MoreWest and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Clogher Head: Read here
  3. Slea Head: Discover More 
    • West and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Slea Head: Read here
  4. Conor Pass: Discover More
  5. Pedlars Lake: Discover More
    • West and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Pedlars Lake: Read here
  6. Kilmurry Bay: Discover More
    • West and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Kilmurry Bay: Read hereTWO FOSSILS
  7. Inch Beach: Discover More
    • West and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Inch Beach: Read here
  8. Magharees: Discover More
  9. Kilgobbin: Discover More
  10. Caherconree: Discover More
    • West and Mid Kerry Live Geological Heritage Caherconree: Read here



Articles and Books by County Archaeologist Dr. Michael Connolly:Cloghermore comb Large 99E431:83Arm Ring Silver Hoard 99E0431:66

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:



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 SeriesCOLL_HL_10-300x288

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


Ceiliradh Ciarraí – Celebrating County Kerry’s 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 toad

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 Gaeilge0011e317-800

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 GaeilgeRed deer

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 GaeilgeAerial view of Ardfert Franciscan Friary, Co. Kerry, Ireland

Archaeological Heritage: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Vikings in Kerry: Listen in English and as Gaeilge

Ringforts: Listen in English and as Gaeilge










By |March 19th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Museum closed from 12th March until further notice

Kerry County Museum will be closed to the public from Thursday 12 March until Monday 20th July 2020. We do hope that the Museum will be able to re-open at an earlier date and will keep you updated on any new developments. Unfortunately, all tours, events and workshops are cancelled/ postponed until further notice. We regret any inconvenience caused. Meanwhile, why not check out our new online resource section with plenty of object-based activities for teachers and homeschooling, Museum publications, podcasts and colouring activities? If you have any queries please email

By |March 12th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Medieval Experience re-opens for February mid-term break

Following a major spring clean and tidy up, Kerry County Museum is delighted to re-open our Medieval Experience in time for the February mid-term break. The Medieval Experience is a reconstruction of what Tralee might have looked like in the year 1450. We have a dress-up corner and you can even lock yourself in the pillory. So if you are looking for a fun time during mid-term break, drop in Tuesday to Saturday from 9.30am to 5pm (last admission is at 4pm). The admission fee to see all our exhibitions is €5 for adults and children go free when accomapanied by a parent or guardian. Group rates apply.

By |February 15th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Tom Crean Polar Room re-opening soon

Kerry County Museum is delighted to report that our Tom Crean Polar Room will re-open shortly following a major revamp. Watch this space to find out about the official launch date!

By |February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Free Entry on St Patrick’s Day

Kerry County Museum is delighted to throw open its doors for free on St Patrick’s Day from 10am until 4.30pm. So visit the Museum if you are looking for something exciting to do before or after the parade and you can explore all our exhibitions with a sneak preview of our new Tom Crean Polar Room. Family activities include the Pangur Ban Discovery Trail in the Main Gallery, digging up Viking skeletons in the Archaeology Hall and dressing up in period costume in the Medieval Experience.

By |February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Saturday Family Arts & Crafts Workshops this Spring

Kerry County Museum is delighted to host a series of creative arts & crafts workshops in February and March. These drop-in workshops take place in the Museum’s Reception area and are suitable for families with children aged 3-10, younger and older children are more than welcome. Our lovely facilitator Hazel has exciting activities lined up, from dinosaur arts and crafts to Viking shield making. Sessions last about 30 minutes and families can drop in at any time between 10am and 4pm to make a creative mess. There is no additional cost to our regular admission price: Adults €5 and children go free. Please note that children need to be accompanied and supervised by a guardian at all times. For a full list of events please have a look at:


By |February 10th, 2020|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Christmas Arrangements 2019




By |December 11th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Medieval Experience turns into Festive Hall for Christmas

Kerry County Museum’s elves are very busy at the moment, transforming our Medieval Experience into the Festive Hall for the enjoyment of schools and families alike. Please note that the Medieval Experience and the Archaeology Hall are both closed from November until after Christmas and a reduced admission fee applies. Following upstairs exhibitions are open as usual: Casement in Kerry, Art in the Park off the Rails: The Kingdom of Kerry and the Main Museum Gallery. Please note that tickets for the Festive Hall have to be booked in advance.

By |November 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Exhibition Launch: The Kingdom of Kerry

Join us for the opening of our new temporary exhibition Art in the Park off the Rails: The Kingdom of Kerry, featuring exhibits by more than 30 Kerry artists. Now in its second year, Art in the Park off the Rails is a joint creative project by Tralee Chamber Alliance and Kerry County Museum. The launch of this exciting exhibition will take place on Thursday 28 November at 7pm, all welcome! The Kingdom of Kerry will run until April 2020.

By |November 20th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Museum History Club is looking for new members

Is your child aged 6 to 12 and interested in history, arts and crafts, storytelling and games? Then please get in touch because we are looking for new members! Our History Club is an exciting opportunity to explore history and archaeology in a fun way. Using the Museum’s exhibitions and collections as the inspiration, the club members take part in a whole array of hands-on workshops facilitated by Helena Stackpoole and Education Officer Claudia Köhler. Past projects explored the Vikings in Kerry, St Brendan the Navigator, Antarctic explorer Tom Crean and Life in medieval Kerry. We meet every Wednesday afternoon during school term in our bright and cheerful Education Room.  Our annual membership is €25 per annum and this covers all arts and crafts materials. Inspired by Kerry secondary students participating in the Fridays for Future Climate Strikes, we aim to work with recycled and natural materials. To join the History Club please contact our Education Officer: education@kerrymuseum.ieJoin History Club poster

By |October 7th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

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