The O’Mahony family papers and artifacts from Kilmorna House near Listowel in North Kerry were presented to Kerry Co. Museum in October 2021.
Included among the collection is a hand-written letter dated 13 April 1829, written by Pierce Mahony who was working solicitor to Daniel O’Connell, at the House of Lords at Westminster, just as Catholic Emancipation was given royal assent.
Also included in the collection is a Visitors Book kept at Kilmorna between 1858 and 1898, and amongst the signatures is that of Charles Stuart Parnell, poet W.B.Yeats, writer and artist Percy French and revolutionary Maud Gonne.
Pierce Mahony’s grandson, Pierce O’Mahony – The O’Mahony – was half brother to Sir Arthur Vicars, Keeper of the Irish Crown Jewels who was shot at Kilmorna prior to the burning of the house by the IRA in 1921. Included in the collection are letters written by Vicars and by Charles Stuart Parnell
To mark this historic occasion, we created a podcast which includes the voices of the descendants of Pierce O’Mahony: Kerry Pocock, her brother Richard Page and her daughter Iva; Claudia Kohler, Education Officer at Kerry Co. Museum; historian in residence at Kerry Co. Council Tom Dillon; Conservation Officer Kerry Co. Council Victoria McCarthy; former Tánaiste Dick Spring; Lord Mayor of Kerry Cllr. Jimmy Moloney; local historian Kay Caball; former Minister for Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht and President of Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society Jimmy Deenihan.