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April 10, 2009
Jerome Connor Marker
Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Anascaul — Jerome ConnorDealbhoir Cumdubh Abhanascaul — 1876 - 1943 —
The Irish sculptor of international stature was born in Coumduff, Annascaul in 1876. His family emigrated to the USA in 1888 where he developed his artistic skills. He returned to Dublin in 1925, worked there until his death in 1943. Among . . . — Map (db m23075) HM
Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Anascaul — Tom CreanAntarctic Explorer — 1877 - 1938 —
Expeditions to Antarctica Discovery, 1901-1904 Terra Nova, 1910-1013 Endurance, 1914-1917 In recognition of his invaluable contribution to these expeditions and of his many acts of selfless heroism on behalf of his companions . . . — Map (db m23045) HM
Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Beenarourke — Colonel Patrick J. Quinlan

of this Parish who commanded the Irish UN Peace Keeping Force in the Battle of Jadotville in the Congo in 1961

Officially unveiled by former Taoiseach

Enda Kenny TD October 2017 — Map (db m140707) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Beenarourke — Com an Chiste

Taistealaithe oíche

Tá sé seo an cheann de na háiteanna is fearr ar Domhan le bheith ag féachaint ar réaltaí na spéiew an oíche.

Is é[?]an Kerry International Dark Sky Reserve an chéad cheantar sa leathsféar . . . — Map (db m140708) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Caherdaniel — Bóthar an Ime / Bóthar an ChuinsailéaraButter Road / Daniel O'Connell's Road

Bóthar an Ime / Bóthar an Chuinsailéara

Tá aithne forleathan ar an mbóthar seo, a bhí in úsáid san ochtú agus sa luath-naoú chéad déag, faoin dá anim seo. Iompraíodh im ó Chiarraí Theas ar an mbóthar seo go dtí margadh an ime i . . . — Map (db m140842) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Caherdaniel — The Sun / An ghrian

Diameter 1.4 million km or 100 Earth diameters

Model Size 76.2 cm

Distance from Earth: 150 million km or Astronomical Unit (1 AU)

Orbit Period: 27 days

Atmosphere: mostly Helium and Hydrogen

Surface Temperature: . . . — Map (db m140847) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — Atlantic College of Wireless & Cable Telegraphy1911 • 1919 — Atlantic Telegraph Cables Trail .1857-1966. Stop C5 —

This Marconi Licensed college was founded here in 1911 by Maurice Fitzgerald, formerly of Ballinskelligs Cable Station.

Many wireless and cable operators were trained here, including Republican Volunteer Con Keating of Reenard, Cahersiveen. . . . — Map (db m142388) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty1898 - 1963

In the grounds of the O'Connell Memorial Church lies the grave of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty.

In Rome during World War II, he bravely organised an elaborate escape network for Allied POW's and civilians. When the l[A]lies entered Rome in . . . — Map (db m142356) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — O'Connell

1775 - Birth of Daniel O'Connell

1798 - Called to the Irish Bar

1824 - Organises Catholic Rent and Tenants Act

1828 - Elected to Parliament

1829 - Catholic Emancipation Act

1841 - Lord Mayor of Dublin

1847 - Dies Genoa. . . . — Map (db m142619) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — O'Connell Memorial ChurchDaniel O'Connell Heritage Trail Stop 9

In 1879 Rev. Timothy Brosnon was appointed Parish Priest of Cahersiveen and as a great admirer of Daniel O'Connell, he hoped to erect a Church that would suitably mark the centenary of his birth in 1775. Having received an audience with Pope . . . — Map (db m142353) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — O'Connell's Birth Place

At Carhan Bridge O'Connell's home comes into view on the banks of Carhan River. He was born on August 6th 1775 at Carhan House. His parents were Morgan O'Connell and Catherine Mullane who hailed from North Cork. There were 10 siblings in the . . . — Map (db m142604) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — Presentation ConventDaniel O'Connell Heritage Trail Stop 10

In the early 19th century Daniel O'Connell was very conscious of the need to educate the people of South Kerry and so he bought a rectors lodge in Bank Street. He invited nuns from the Presentation Order to come and set up a school to help . . . — Map (db m142380) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — Primrose WalkDaniel O'Connell Heritage Trail Stop 4 — 4A Carraig na gConnaill, 4B-D The Race Course, National School & O'Connell Church —

Leaving the town park the trail proceeds to Reenrusheen road. Locally this road is known as Primrose walk. John Primrose was married to a cousin of Daniel O'Connell and he appointed Primrose as his agent in the area. O'Connell was finding it . . . — Map (db m142474) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — Railway and O'ConnellDaniel O'Connell Heritage Trail Stop 2

Early in the 1830's the bringing of the Railway to South Kerry was discussed. O'Connell's idea was to see the railway touching the southern coastline and to continue from Cahersiveen to Cork via Kenmare. The line between Farranfore and . . . — Map (db m142461) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — Ringforts

Cahersiveen Cathair saidhbhin 'The fort of Saidhbin (Little Sarah)

Saidhbin was said to be the daughter of McCarthy Mor who held the lands of Iveragh. She was given the fort and the surrounding area, on the banks of the . . . — Map (db m142406) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — Sive FortDaniel O'Connell Heritage Trail Stop 3

Moving away from the Railway Bridge and the River Fertha the town park comes into view. Here was the original site of the fort of Sive which gives its name to the town of Cahersiveen. At one time there was a small village in the vicinity but . . . — Map (db m142468) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — The Abbey of the Holy Cross

The parish of Caher was once under the instruction of this 17th century Roman Catholic Church. The graveyard around the Church has recently been restored and this peaceful area of Cahersiveen is the resting place of Morgan and Catherine . . . — Map (db m142683) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — The Barracks Heritage CentreDaniel O'Connell Heritage Trail Stop 1

The Heritage Centre came about following the defeat of the Fenians in 1867. The English government was anxious about the safety of the Valentia Atlantic cable station. A new constabulary barracks was built on the banks of the River Fertha and . . . — Map (db m142383) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — The Daniel O'Connell Memorial ParkCahersiveen - Cathair Saidhbhin (the Town or Fort of Little Sive)Twinned with Pluvigner, France.

"The town which climbs the mountain and looks upon the sea in sleeping time or waking that's where I want to be." Sigerson Clifford 1913-1985

As well as being the birthplace of Daniel O'Connell, Cahersiveen has more connections . . . — Map (db m142607) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — The Daniel O'Connell Memorial Park

This Parkland was donated to the people of Cahersiveen in 1997 by John (Kitty) O'Sullivan, and the development was undertaken by ACARD Ltd. Across the Carhan River you can see the ruins of Carhan House, which on 6th August 1775 was the . . . — Map (db m142681) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — The Railway

In 1893 the Killorglin to Valentia branch of The Great Southern and Western Railway opened. The need by local farmers and fishermen to get their produce to market in Britain was identified and the provision of a grant of £85,000, from the . . . — Map (db m142419) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Cahersiveen — War Memorial

Tógadh an leacht so 15 cuimhne oifigeach agus óglach de'n tríomhadh bhriogaid ciarraidhe agus na laoch eile a fuair bas ar son poblacht na hÉireann . . . — Map (db m142806) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Castlecove — Church of the Most Precious Blood

It was [B]ishop Moynihans wish to build a church in Castle Cove. His reason for building a church here was, as a curate in 1917 he saw first hand the people of Castle Cove walking the long journey to Caherdaniel. When they finally . . . — Map (db m140518) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Castlemaine — Proclamation of the Irish Republic

Poblacht na h'Eireann, The Provisional Government of the Irish Republic to the People of Ireland. [balance of proclamation not transcribed]

Thomas MacDonagh, Executed 3rd May 1916

Joseph Mary . . . — Map (db m142791) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Coomanaspig Pass — Our Lady of Grace Grotto at Tobairin Holy Well

Tobairin Our Lady of Grace Coomanaspig During the 1st Mass on Oct 31st 1994 concelebrated by Fr. P Sugrue P.P & Fr. E. O'Carroll C.C. This grotto was opened & blessed on May 17th 1998 by Bishop of Kerry Bishop Bill Murphy . . . — Map (db m141169) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Derrynane More — Teach do laoch / Home for a heroTeach Dhoire Fhíonáin / Derrynane House

Sárstátaire Éireannach Bhí bá ar leith ag Dónall Uí Chonaill, 'an Fuascailteoir' agus athair ghluaiseacht neamhspleáchais na hÉireann le Doire Fhíonáin. Ba é an stocaireacht a rinne sé ba chúis le hachtú Acht Fhuascailt na . . . — Map (db m140797) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Dunquin — The Blaskets
This group, the most westerly off the Irish coast, comprises 7 sizeable islands and isolated rocks spread in a line west by south over 2½ miles of the Atlantic, the largest (Great Blasket) 2 miles off shore. Antiquities of the early . . . — Map (db m24096) HM
Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Fahan — Dunbeg Promontory Fort / An Dún Beag
Dunbeg Promontory Fort This Promontory Fort consists of four fosses (ditches) and five mounds. Behind this we have the terraced dry-stone masonry rampart, originally straight but which became curved during later construction work. The . . . — Map (db m24780) HM
Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Gallarus — Gallarus Oratory / Séipéilín Ghallarais
Built around the 7th or 8th century this Oratory resembles an inverted boat. This is the only perfect remaining example of a number of small corbel-built Oratories on a rectangular plan. The outward inclination of the bed joints of the stonework . . . — Map (db m23499) HM
Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Glenbeigh — Glenbeigh

The Great Southern and Western Railway operated a branch line of 39.5 mls. from Farranfore to Valentia Harbour for 67 yrs. The first section of the line, 12.5 mls. opened 15th Jan. 1885. The remaining 27mls. started in 1890; crossing three . . . — Map (db m142761) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Kells — John Golden and the South Kerry Fenians1867 - 2017 — Walk of the Ancestors —

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Fenian Rising and the efforts of John Golden and the South Kerry Fenians

John Golden 1845 - 1883 — Map (db m142699) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Kenmare — Fair GreenKenmare Heritage Town

Although there had been a settlement of English colonists in Kenmare since 1670 it was not until a century later that the foundations of the present estate town were laid. This was done by William Petty-Fitzmaurice, the 1st Marquis of . . . — Map (db m139672) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Kenmare — Henry StreetKenmare Heritage Town

HENRY STREET - This street was named in honour of the 3rd Marquis of Lansdowne, Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1780-1863), who oversaw a number of major stages in the development of Kenmare. It dates from 1770s but assumed its present . . . — Map (db m139847) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Kenmare — James Joyce Pub AwardThe Atlantic Bar

This pub has been granted the James Joyce Pub Award for being an authentic Irish pub

'A good puzzle would be to cross Ireland without passing a pub.' Ulysses

James Joyce identified and described the . . . — Map (db m139755) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Kenmare — Kenmare Heritage Town

Early History Stone circles, standing stones and rock art are common around Kenmare. These archaeological sites indicate humans have lived here from the Bronze Age (c.2200-500BC). But it was the upheavals of 17th century Ireland . . . — Map (db m139761) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Kenmare — Main Street

MAIN STREET - Main Street was formerly named William Street in honour of the 1st Marquis of Lansdowne, William Petty-Fitzmaurice who was raised in Lixnaw, County Kerry. He inherited the Lansdowne estates at Kenmare in 1761 and . . . — Map (db m139850) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Kenmare — The Market HouseKenmare Heritage Town

The Market House - This three storey Classical style building was designed by renowned English architect Sir Charles Barry for the 3rd Marquis of Lansdowne. Barry (1795-1860) was a prominent architect of his time. Probably his most . . . — Map (db m139774) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Kenmare — War of Independence1919-1921 — Kenmare Heritage Town —

In onóir gaisigh Óglaigh na hÉireann agus laochra Cumann na mBan a throid ar son Saoirse na hÉireann a tógadh an leacht chuimhneacháin seo.

Erected in honour of the men of Óglaigh na hÉireann and the women of . . . — Map (db m139673) HM WM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Killorglin — The Ballykissane Drowning Tragedy: Good Friday 1916

As part of their preparations for the 1916 Easter Rising, the Irish Republican Brotherhood (IRB) decided on a plan to seize a wireless transmitter from the Atlantic College in Cahersiveen to contact the Aud, the German vessel which carried arms . . . — Map (db m142785) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Killorglin — The Ballykissane Tragedy: Good Friday 1916

In commemoration of the first casualties of the 1916 Rising

Erected at Easter 2016 ————————————— Mar chomóradh ar na chéad . . . — Map (db m142789) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Killorglin — Townsend BlennerhassettIn memory of

Late Captain Kerry Militia Drowned in Castlemaine Bay 20th June 1867 when gallantly attempting to save the life of a fellow creature

Erected by his brother officers of the Kerry Militia in testimony of the . . . — Map (db m142765) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Kilmalkedar — Kilmalkedar Church / Cill Mhaoilchéadair
Kilmalkedar — from Cill Mhaoilchéadair (the Church of Mhaoilchéadair) Kilmalkedar Church Kilmalkedar, one of the most important early church sites on the Dingle peninsula, is traditionally associated with St. Brendan but it . . . — Map (db m24299) HM
Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Listowel — "River Fort"
This sculpture was designed by local councillor and craftsman Tony O'Callaghan The “Standing Stone” illustrates the River Feale which flows around our town. The “Ring” depicts an earthen fort situated in the . . . — Map (db m23989) HM
Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Listowel — Maid of Erin
Work of local man Pat McAuliffe 1846-1921 — Map (db m23698) HM
Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Listowel — Teampaillín Bán(The Little White Churchyard)
Where very many nameless victims of the Irish Famine of 1845-47 lie buried Also buried here are others who died in the nearby workhouse built 1840 Saibhreas na bhflaitheas dóibh! — Map (db m23042) HM
Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Portmagee — PortmageePort Mhic Aoidh — (An Caladh) —

The village of Portmagee was named after Captain Theobald Magee who was an officer in King James's Army. After the famous Battle of the Boyne, Magee retired from the army and became the commander of a merchant ship operating between . . . — Map (db m141308) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Portmagee — The Ferryboat

This boat was built by Dan 'Denny' O'Connell in the early 1900s. He built her at the back of the Post Office, where he built all his boats, on a site which later became the local dance hall. Her purpose was to ferry people from . . . — Map (db m141205) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Portmagee — Tomás Rua Ó Súilleabháin(1785 - 1848)

Poet, fiddler, teacher, and dancing master, born in Derrynane, Co. Kerry, Tomás Rua was a supporter and close friend of the Irish Politician Daniel O'Connell. Amhrán ne Leabhar - Song of the books.

Tomás Rua was transferred from . . . — Map (db m141208) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Reask — Reask Monastic Site / Láthair Mhainistreach an Riaisc
Reask - from An Riasc (the marsh). This important early monastery was probably founded in the 6th century. Little is known of the history of the site. The enclosing wall is roughly circular and its interior is divided by a . . . — Map (db m24147) HM
Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Sneem — Catherine (Brennan) Mulvihille

from Gleesk-Sneem planted this oak tree to commemorate her 100th Birthday in April 2007Map (db m139991) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Sneem — Cearbhall ó Dálaigh(1911-1978) — National Memorial —

Chief Justice of Ireland 1961-1973 Judge of the European Court of Justice 1973-1974 President of Ireland 1974-1976

Unveiled June 5th, 1983 by The President of Ireland Dr. Patrick Hillery

Sculptor-Vivienne Roche

I . . . — Map (db m139942) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Sneem — Charles de Gaulle1890-1970

En ce moment grave de ma longue vie, j'ai trouvé ici ce que je cherchais : être en face de moi-même. L'Irlande me l'a offert de la façon la plus delicate, la plus amicale.

(18.VI.1969) . . . — Map (db m139881) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Sneem — John Egan1952 - 2012

One of the 'All-Time Great' Gaelic football stars and a member of Kerry's 'Golden Era Team' of the 1970s and 80s. John played for Sneem Gaa club and following retirement from Kerry, for Bishopstown in Cork where he worked. He . . . — Map (db m139889) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Sneem — Steve (Crusher) Casey

World Heavyweight Champion Wrestler 1938 ~ 1947 Born 1909 - Died 1987 — Map (db m139891) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Sneem — The Peaceful Panda

[Chinese script not transcribed]

Go maire an Cairdeas idir Pobal na Síne agus na hÉireann go deo. Tiomnaithe d'Iar-Uachtarán na hÉireann, A Oirirceas an tUas. Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh, nach maireann, ag Comhlachas Phobal na . . . — Map (db m139934) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Sneem — The Steel Tree

Gift to the people of Ireland from the President of Israel, Chaim Herzog, in memory of Cearbhall Ó Dálaigh. Wednesday 19th June, 1985

Sculptor Tamara Rikman . . . — Map (db m139887) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Sneem — World War I MemorialAr dheis Dé go raiðh a n-anamMay their souls be at the right hand of God

In Remembrance of those killed in World War One 1914 • Iveragh • 1918 ————————————————————— . . . — Map (db m139993) WM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Staigue — Cathair na Stéige / Staigue Fort

Tá sé seo ar cheann de na cathracha is mó agus is breátha in Éirinn agus is dóigh gur i gcéadta luatha d'aois Chríost, sular tháinig an Chríostaíocht go hÉirinn, a tógadh í. Ní foláir nó go raibh taoiseach nó feimeoir . . . — Map (db m140605) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Waterville — Charlie Chaplin
Fear na scannan cara an choireáin a chaith blianta shona inár measc. For the man who made the movies speak in the hearts of millions Charlie spent many years in our midst as a welcome and humble guest and friend of . . . — Map (db m140959) HM
Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Waterville — Commercial Cable Company1884 - 1962 — Waterville Station —

This is the main entrance to the Cable Station property. This station operated 6 cables to America, 4 cables to the U.K. and 2 to France. Together with its sister companies it relayed cablegrams worldwide.

The company broke . . . — Map (db m141068) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Waterville — Dr. Thomas George Millerick 1864-1898

Dr. Millerick served this community with great diligence for 11 years from 1887 until his death in 1898 at the age of 33. He is buried at Abbey Island, Derrynane in the O'Connell family plot.

Derrynane Dispensary Committee . . . — Map (db m140949) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Waterville — Iveragh Lodge

Built in 1858, as a shooting lodge, by J. Clemanti.

The Commercial Cable Company purchased the lodge in 1884 for the superintendent's residence and as the company's first office.

The office was later enlarged by an . . . — Map (db m141081) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Waterville — Iveragh Lodge • Commercial Cable Company 1st OfficesCommercial Cable Company • 1899-1964 — Atlantic Telegraph Cables Trail .1857-1966. Stop WV8 —

Superintendent's Residence

Take a moment to read the adjacent commemorative plaque for information on the heritage of this house.

In addition to the Superintendent's residence the grounds also included the Bachelor's . . . — Map (db m141086) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Waterville — Latitude 51 49' 50"·54 N. Longitude 10 10' 15"·5 W.

Determined in 1892 by Herbert Hall Turner and Henry Park Hollis Royal Observatory, Greenwich and Prof. Clement H. McLeod McGill . . . — Map (db m141094) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Waterville — Latitude and Longitude Stone 1892Changing the Clocks of North America & Beyond! — Atlantic Telegraph Cables Trail .1857-1966. Stop WV9 —

Erected by the Commercial Cable Company in the 1890's to mark Waterville Cable Station's participation in the 1892 international project with Greenwich Observatory and McGill University, to determine the longitude of . . . — Map (db m141096) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Waterville — Mick O'Dwyer

Born 9th June 1936 Birthplace Waterville, Co. Kerry

Parents John O'Dwyer and Mary Galvin Married Mary Carmel O'Sullivan on 20th Feb 1962 Family Four sons: John, Michael, Robert and Karl ---------------- . . . — Map (db m140960) HM

Ireland, Munster (County Kerry), Waterville — New OfficeCommercial Cable Company • 1899-1964 — Atlantic Telegraph Cables Trail • 1857-1966 • Stop WV7 —

This building, designed by renowned Irish architect J.F. Fuller FSA, housed the offices of the Commercial Cable Company from 1899 to 1964. Worldwide telegraphs were received and transmitted from here. Waterville was one of the . . . — Map (db m141069) HM


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