Killaclohane Portal Tomb- Ancient Past, Youthful Imagination

Kerry County Museum along with KCC Archaeology Department have been involved in creating an innovative and unique educational project based on the equally impressive project to conserve and excavate the oldest extant archaeological monument in the county, a portal tomb at Killaclohane, Milltown.  The project successfully conserved the tomb for future generations while the excavations provided an insight into how the tomb was built and the burial rites of the first farmers as they began to permanently settle the county around 4,000BC

This project has allowed over 70 students from Cloiste Gleann Li, Mean Scoil Nua Leigh Truigh, and Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk to embark on a journey of exploration .Each school has examined different aspects of the Portal Tomb in Killaclohane through creative writing, artwork and film making with the help of wonderful facilitators Lone O’ Reilly, Roisin McGuigan, Máire Holmes, Alan Cantwell and Justin Flynn.

The exhibition ‘Killaclohane Portal Tomb- Ancient Past, Youthful Imagination will open on Tuesday 23rd of May in Kerry County Museum at 11am.

For further information about the Killacllohane Portal tomb please visit the museums website.

By |May 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Temporary closure of The Medieval Experience

The Medieval experience is currently being transformed into ‘The Enchanted Hall’ for our Easter event. The Medieval experience will be closed from today Saturday 01/04/17 until Tuesday 18/04/17. We apologies for any inconvience caused during this time.

By |April 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Christmas Arrangements

Christmas Arrangements

Kerry County Museum will close at 4:30 pm on Friday 23rd December 2016 and will re-open to the public at 9:30 am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

By |December 21st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

New Opening Times from 1st September2016

Our new opening times come into effect 1st September  2016

By |August 31st, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Commemorating Casement’s Death

Admission to Kerry County Museum will be free tomorrow, Wednesday 3 August to commemorate Roger Casement’s execution in Pentonville Prison, London on this day 100 years ago. The Museum is open from 9.30am until 5.30pm – last admission is at 4.30pm.

Ballyheigue History and Heritage Group is hosting a series of activities on the evening of Wednesday 3 August including musical pieces and a spectacular flare display by the Inshore Rescue, the unveiling of a plaque by Sean Seosamh O Conchuir and an illustrated lecture by our curator Helen O’Carroll at 8pm.

Various events will also take place in Dublin, including a special event at the Casement Aerodrome in Baldonnel, Co. Dublin, between 11 am and 5 pm to commemorate the life and legacy of Roger Casement. Museum curator Helen O’Carroll will give a presentation on our current major exhibition “Casement in Kerry: a revolutionary journey”.


By |August 2nd, 2016|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Launch of Media Rising – Interactive 1916 multi-media exhibition

Media Rising, an interactive exhibition which brings the little known stories of 1916 to life, will launch at Kerry County Museum on Thursday, May 19th at 7pm. The exhibition will continue until September 2016.

In the exhibition, see history brought into the present day, through the use of new and innovative technology. Explore the lengths that were taken to print the 1916 Proclamation in the days and hours leading up to Easter Monday 1916. Hear the story of the world’s first radio broadcast which was aired by the volunteers of the Rising from the Dublin telegraphy school. Become immersed in what became an iconic moment in time as Padraig Pearse reads the 1916 Proclamation, before your eyes, surprising you with a modern 2016 twist.

The exhibition offers a unique interactive experience for visitors to engage with, and explore history in a new way.

Media Rising is produced by Noel Nash, Liam McElligott, Jenny Plunkett and Aine Brennan, BA (Hons) Design for Interactive Multimedia, Institute of Technology Tralee.

All are welcome!

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

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|Tags: |

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|Tags: |

Casement in Kerry: a revolutionary journey

Opening April 21st 2016 rogercasement 1

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|Tags: |

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|Tags: |

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