A decade has passed since Russell McMorrran and Maurice O’Keeffe last collaborated on an issue of The Old Kerry Journal. They feel that the time is right to put together this 4th edition of the publication with the added collaboration of Jane O’Keeffe. This is a timely month for its publication as September marks the centenary of the death of Kerry patriot Thomas Ashe, whose private and public life is commemorated in this edition.
Tralee will shortly mark an important symbolic gesture by the Denny family in the installation of a stained glass window in St. John’s Church, Castle Street, Tralee. The artwork will be entitled The Reconciliation Window. Tom Denny, a U.K. based stained glass artist, is a descendant of the Denny family of Tralee, and he will this month finish work on the window which will be ready for installation in the church in October 2017. Fascinating information on the Denny family is included in this publication.
This issue also features articles on Kerry connections to the Great War, and on the Troubles in Kerry. Also included is valuable information on William Lunham, a Scottish immigrant to Tralee possessed of extraordinary entrepreneurial skills.
The Journal remembers the work of Charles Graves, Bishop of Limerick, Ardfert and Aghadoe, who was an antiquarian, a scholar and an authority on Ogham stones.
In an article on Bishop Moore of Ballarat, Australia, we learn that a North Kerry priest and a most progressive clergyman became an inspirational personality in nineteenth century Australia. Reminiscences from beyond the walls of some of the Big Houses of Kerry are also explored.
This beautifully illustrated journal is available to purchase here from 1 September 2017