Maura Harcksen (b. 1943)
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Maura Harcksen (b. 1943)


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David Moriarty operated the Lock Gates at The Point at the mouth of the canal to Tralee, as also did his father before him. David was the grandfather of Maura Harcksen and she explains that he died at a young age, leaving her grandmother, Ellen Moriarty, and two young sons and a daughter. The family moved in with Ellen’s in-laws for a short time at the Moriarty cottage at Reen Point, before moving to the cottages in Blennerville village where Ellen opened a shop. Another member of the Moriarty family, Tomás Moriarty, grew up in the thatched cottage at Reen Point. He was appointed President of the Gaelic League in the early part of the 20th century. Maura recalls the names of the people in Blennerville village and the streets and laneways there. In 1939, Ellen Moriarty built a house in Castlecountess, Tralee for her daughter Maureen on her marriage to Dan O’Keeffe. Beside it stood The Lodge, occupied by the O’Keeffe family who had moved from Fermoy in the late 1920s. Dan’s father was the rate collector, working for the Co. Council, and Dan was to become one of Kerry’s greatest Gaelic football goalkeepers, playing from 1939 to 1948.Maura recalls the early residents of Castlecountess Council estate built in 1931.


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Tralee-Dingle Narrow Gauge Railway Collection


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Blennerville Village and the GAA

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Maurice O'Keeffe – Irish Life and Lore