About us

The aim of Killorglin Archive Society is collecting, collating and archiving old photographs, Audio and video recordings that capture the essence of life in Killorglin town and parish over the last century. This will greatly enhance our knowledge and understanding of the history and folklore of our place. At present over 15,000 photographs ve been archived with some going back over 100 years.

These photographs and documents are scanned and archived, with the originals returned to their owners. Undoubtedly there are many interesting photographs, documents and recordings in the possession of the people of Killorglin parish at home and abroad stored away in attics and drawers.

The Killorglin Archive Society (K.A.S.) wish to preserve this information for the purpose of sharing it with present and future generations. If you would like to become part of this exciting project we would be delighted to hear from you. You can help by bringing your own photos (with accompanying information e.g. date, location, people/place pictured), maps and written documents to the K.A.S. office located in the Sean Scoil, Killorglin. These items will be digitised and returned to the owners.

We are also seeking to engage with people who live or have spent time in our parish in the past to sit down with us and share their memories about days gone by. K.A.S. intends on interviewing local people whose first-hand accounts of special events and day-to-day life in early-mid 20th century Killorglin will serve as invaluable sources of information.

Preserving our past for the future

Take a look at our extensive gallery of videos, audio clips and pictures.
All pictures are available for purchase through the Archives.
Think of Killorglin Archives as a reserve for your memories. Feel free to contribute images and stories. We would love to hear from you.
Your old photos of Kerry can be uploaded and shared with the world

Most Recent Posts

Samantha Gill pictured here with a collegue. New York. Grand Daughter of Lieutenant Jimmy Gill of Staten Island. Jimmy Gill was son of Garda Peter Gill of Langford St KIillorglin back in the 50-60 s. Jimmy has open house every week for Traditional Irish Music players of many Nationalists and Retired Cops, Dempsey’s in New York is another gathering place for these players

Line up has now been confirmed for Christmas Conert at the C.Y.M.S Fri 15th at 8p.m. The concert this year will not be as long as last year it will end at about 10.30p.m. We hope to see you there will be a great night of family entertainment.

Rí na gCnoc go deo – King of the hills forever

Kate O’Sullivan was born on October 7th, 1896 and was one of Irelands oldest women when she died aged 105. She put her long life down to potatoes a bowl of porridge every morning and a little brandy every night with hot water and sugar. Her life spanned three centuries. She lived through the Easter RIsing in 1916, two world wars and the creation of the Free State. Ref: F183

Mick Murphy ‘ The Iron Man’, from Srugrena Cahersiveen. He won the Rás Tailteann Cycle Race in 1958. He also excelled at Grass Track Cycle Racing. He was interviewed by Killorglin Archive on several occasions and was a close friend of Michael ‘Butty’,Sugrue. He was Killorglin’s famous strong man.

Denis Harris of Langford Street gives a rendition of “Steal Away” a well known Fury Brothers song in the Bianconi Inn during Puck Fair 2016.
Stanley Champ at the door of his Grocery and Hardware Shop with a prize cabbage
The headstone on the grave of the first person to be buried in the new graveyard in Ardmoniel , Killorglin on June 26th 1987. Bryan was a well known personality in Killorglin. An older generation remember him driving his vintage “Tayto” van around Killorglin .
Members of the Killorglin Laune Pipe Band on a climb of Carrauntoohil which is Irelands highest mountain and part of the Mcgillycuddy Reeks. L/R Jackie O’ Shea of Lower Bride.St playing the bag Pipes, Kevin Sheehan of Laune View and Patie McMahon of Laune View.
Pictured here in the late 60’s, Derek Freeman of Langford St looking very dapper in their perambulator in front of Boyles Hardware Shop, looking down towards the top of Main Street.