Local History

Norman Invasion of Ireland

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Local History | Comments Off

The Norman invasion of Ireland was a two-stage process, which began on 1st May 1169 when a force of loosely associated Norman knights landed near Bannow, County Wexford at the request of Diarmait Mac Murchada, the ousted King of Leinster, who sought their help in regaining his kingdom. On 18th October 1171, Henry II landed a much bigger army in Waterford to ensure his continuing control over the preceding Norman force. In the process he took Dublin and had accepted the fealty of the Irish kings and bishops by 1172, so creating the Lordship of Ireland, which formed part of his Angevin Empire....

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Walter Glynn Doolin, Architect of St. James’ Church Killorglin

Posted by on May 15, 2014 in Local History | Comments Off

Walter Glynn Doolin was born in Dublin circa 1850, the son of William Doolin  and his wife Anne Eliza, née Glynn. He attended school at Tullabeg and Castleknock Colleges, then entered Trinity College, Dublin, where he obtained a BA degree and in 1870, a Licentiate in Engineering. He received his architectural training both from his father and in the office of John Joseph O’Callaghan. Walter Doolin went to London where he worked first in the Architects’ Department of the School Board and then as an assistant in the office of William Burges. He had returned to Dublin by the...

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Harman Blennerhassett

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Local History | Comments Off

Harman Blennerhassett Harman Blennerhassett, from a 1796 miniaturepainted in London Born October 8, 1764 Hampshire, England Died February 2, 1831 (aged 66) Nationality Irish Occupation Lawyer Known for Blennerhassett Island Signature Harman Blennerhassett (8 October 1764 – 2 February 1831) was an Anglo-Irish lawyer and politician. He was born in Hampshire, England, to Conway Blennerhassett and his wife, Elizabeth Lacy. He was the great-grandson of Captain Robert Blennerhassett. At the age of two, he returned to the family’s home in Killorglin which was at the time the  7,000-acre...

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The Blennerhassett’s/Mullin’s of Killorglin

Posted by on May 1, 2014 in Local History | Comments Off

Robert Blennerhassett (MP for Tralee)   Robert Blennerhassett (c.1622 – c.1689) was an Anglo-Irish soldier and politician. Blennerhassett was the son of Captain John Blennerhassett and Martha Lynn. He was probably born at the family estate at Ballycarty Castle, County Kerry. His family, originally from East Anglia, had been granted large estates in Ireland by the Crown as part of the Plantations. He was the brother of John Blennerhassett MP. Blennerhassett served as an officer in the Cromwellian army during the Irish Confederate Wars, ensuring that his lands remained intact. He...

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Killorglin during the 1916 Rising.

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Local History | Comments Off

  Ballykissane Pier – Killorglin Located on Ballykissane Pier is a monument to commemorate the loss of life of three Volunteers. In 1916 their car plunged into the sea while they were on the way to Cahirciveen in order to set up radio communications with Sir Roger Casement and the German arms ship the Aud. This is their story. On Monday the 30th of October 1916, six months after the sinking of the Aud, a skeleton was washed onto a bank of the River Laune. Therefor the authorities were not supprised to learn that the man they had been actively seeking for so much time had finally...

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Tom Barry, Irish Republican

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Local History | Comments Off

Tom Barry Born 1 July 1897 Killorglin, County Kerry Died 2 July 1980 (aged 83) Cork Allegiance  United Kingdom Template:Country data Irish Republic Flag.svg  Ireland Service/branch  British Army Template:Country data Irish Republic Flag.svg Irish Republican Army  Irish Defence Forces Rank Commandant General Unit Irish Republican Army Commands held Officer Commanding, 3rd (West) Cork Brigade, Irish Republican Army Chief of Staff, Irish Republican Army Operations Officer, Southern Command, Irish Defence Forces Battles/wars World War I Irish War of Independence Irish Civil War General Thomas...

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