ARTiculation 2022: A National Public Speaking Competition for Secondary Schools

ARTiculation Ireland is a public speaking competition which promotes the appreciation and discussion of art, artefacts and architecture in secondary schools throughout Ireland. The competition seeks to engage students between 15-19 years, regardless of background or experience, with art to develop the confidence and ability to express their opinions and conclusions. Participating students are offered the chance to deliver a ten-minute presentation before their peers and a wider audience about a work of art, an artefact or piece of architecture of their choice, through a series of internal school heats and regional heats across Ireland with the chance of being selected for the All Ireland Final. If you are a secondary school teacher teaching Art, English, History or TY (or indeed any other subject that might benefit from public speaking and discourse), please register your interest before 22 October by sending an email to

By |October 12th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

The Kerry Young Historian Award 2022: Calling all Kerry Secondary Schools

The Kerry Young Historian Award is a collaboration of the Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society, Kerry County Museum & Kerry County Council. It is supported by The Education Centre Tralee and the History Teachers’ Association of Ireland, Kerry branch. The competition is aimed at young people interested in history, archaeology and heritage. The purpose of the award is to encourage participants to research and write an essay on 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. Winning essays will feature in the prestigious Kerry Magazine published annually by the Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society. For more information or to submit an expression of interest please contact us at

By |October 12th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Explore Your Local Heritage 2022: Calling all Kerry Primary Schools

This education and outreach initiative from the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society and Kerry County Museum invites you to explore your local heritage and share your discoveries. We are calling on all pupils and teachers to take their school building as the focal point and research the hidden history and heritage of the immediate locality. The project can be about any aspect of local heritage that interests you, from the history of an old building or ruin to local folk tales and stories. Your project can include pupils’ creative writing, drawings, paintings, photographs, arts & crafts, drama, music and LEGO projects as well as old photographs, letters, medals, newspaper clippings, oral history recordings and other artefacts and memorabilia that could help to document and illustrate your local heritage. For more information or to submit an expression of interest please email project coordinators Victoria and Claudia at

By |October 12th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Friday 17 September is Culture Night: Enjoy a Night at the Museum

Enjoy a stroll through the Museum and discover our engaging exhibitions. From Tom Crean to the Rose of Tralee, our exhibitions showcase Kerry’s rich history and culture. We are particularly delighted to host a special exhibition by a talented group of young people from St John of God Kerry Services. For more events in Kerry and nationwide have a look at:



By |August 27th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Curator’s Talk: Access and the Ashe Memorial Hall

Join our curator Helen O’Carroll to explore the history of the Ashe Memorial Hall, home of the Kerry County Museum. The building has a fascinating story, which is outlined in Helen’s short online talk (duration: 10 minutes). Currently, the Museum is accessed by our visitors via the front steps. Here at the Ashe Memorial Hall, we have been thinking about how we can improve access to the building. This is not entirely straightforward because the Ashe Hall is a listed building, so any consideration of improvements must keep the historic fabric at the forefront. The place to start then is with the building’s history and its location. And the interesting thing is that the issue of accessibility is at the heart of this story. Built in 1928 as the county council headquarters, and incorporating a dancehall/theatre/cinema, the Ashe Hall has always been a public building. Before that, though, the site on which it was built was very much a private space open only to the elite.

By |August 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Stone, Bone and Belonging: Buy your copy at Kerry County Museum

We got a very exciting delivery yesterday and are delighted to have Dr Michael Connolly’s new publication “Stone, Bone and Belonging – The Early Neolithic Portal Tombs at Killaclohane, Co.Kerry” for sale at Kerry County Museum. This exciting and superbly illustrated book outlines the results of the excavation of two portal tombs at Killaclohane, Co.Kerry between 2015 and 2018. The Killaclohane Excavation and Conservation project was born from a meeting with Kenneth O’Neill land owner of Killaclohane and would not have been possible without the support of the O’ Neill family. The author would like to acknowledge the support received from Kerry County Council and The Heritage Council of Ireland. “Stone, Bone and Belonging” is now available from Kerry County Museum and retails at €20.  For more information please call 066-7127777 , email or message us on Facebook.
By |August 25th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Kerry primary schools showcase their local heritage

Explore Your Local Heritage Competition is an annual competition open to all Kerry primary schools. The project is a creative collaboration of Kerry Archaeological & Historical Society and Kerry County Museum and kindly supported by The Education Centre Tralee and Kerry County Council. In autumn 2020, we invited all primary schools in Kerry to explore their local heritage and share their discoveries. We asked pupils and teachers to take their school building as the focal point and research the hidden history and heritage of their locality. The project could be about any aspect of local heritage, from the history of an old building or ruin to local folk tales and stories. The outcome was spectacular! Watch our short Explore Your Local Heritage Video here:

By |August 24th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Heritage Week Event: Gowns of Glory Exhibition

We are thrilled to exhibit the winning Rose of Tralee Dress once again to mark the Rose of Tralee Festival which usually takes place in August  and National Heritage Week. The dresses are now on display in our temporary exhibition room. This exhibition charts the changing styles over the decades and it’s an absolute must for anyone with an interest in fashion. The exhibition includes 30 dresses over six decades, from Alice O’Sullivan’s gown in 1959 to the present Rose Sinead Flanagan.

By |July 29th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Cruinniu na nOg: Explore ‘The Green’ with Lady Eleanor

Join Lady Eleanor Fitzgerald, a glamorous and quirky medieval noblewoman, whose ancestors founded the town of Tralee 800 years ago. Eleanor meets a group of local children and together they travel back in time to explore the weird and wonderful history of Tralee which brings them to the Medieval Experience in Kerry County Museum and also to ‘The Green’ – Tralee’s Town Park. Watch our short video HERE and don’t forget to send us your pictures!

Cruinniu na nOg takes place on Saturday 12th June 2021 and is a national day of free creativity for children inviting children and their families to participate in a programme of fun, free, creative activities; from graffiti art workshops to stop-motion animation, to coding and architecture workshops! For all events nationwide click here:



By |June 11th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

Hurrah! We are back open seven days a week!

Kerry County Museum is delighted to be back open seven days a week this summer. Our opening times are 10am to 5pm, last admission is at 4pm. We recommend at least one hour for a proper look around. All our permanent exhibitions are open: Casement in Kerry, the Main Gallery, the newly revamped Tom Crean Polar Room, the Archaeology Hall and the Medieval Experience. Our current special exhibition is on geology. Families can avail of free museum activity booklets for children aged 4 to 7 and 8 to 12; younger children will also enjoy our Fairy Trail in the Medieval Experience. There is no need to pre-book your visit unless you would like to bring a group of 10 or more. Please feel free to call us on 0667127777 to find out more about our exhibitions and facilities or watch a short virtual walk through prior to your visit. We can’t wait to welcome you!

By |May 26th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: |

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