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BallymacElligott,Ballyseedy,O'Brennan and Nohoval

Fr Ferris's History of the Parishes of BallymacElligott, Ballyseedy, O'Brennan and Nohoval

Cló Staire Chiarraí is delighted to announce that the History of the Parishes of BallymacElligott , Ballyseedy , O'Brennan and Nohoval written by Fr William Ferris in 1932 is finally to be published after 85 years.


After five years work on the original manuscript by Editor Brendan McCarthy , the book will finally see the light of day in May of this year.


Intended to be the first in series of Fr Ferris's Parish Histories , the History of the Parishes of BallymacElligott , Ballyseedy ,O'Brennan and Nohoval is a rare chronicle of the political , economic and social history of these four parishes located between Tralee and Castleisland in County Kerry as collected by Fr Ferris at the time from the local people.

About the Book

  

The book documents not just the history (political, economic and social) of the area and the cultural and topographical landscape but also comprises a rich genealogical resource. 

In addition , in the Introduction to the book , the Editor provides a biographical portrait of Fr Ferris who was a fascinating individual in his own right.

So if you come from these parishes or if any of your forebears came from this area , then it is quite likely that your family features in this book. You may discover where they lived, where they went to school, who their teachers were, who their landlord/middleman was , the occupations and trades they followed, how they were affected by the Famine, whether they were evicted, whether they were involved in the Land War, what life was like for them during the War of Independence and the Civil War ,where they were buried , etc.

This is no dry academic chronicle. It is history as lived and recounted by the ordinary people of the parishes and their authentic voices come through clearly and evocatively.

With a limited print-run, this fully-indexed book is destined to be a collector’s item so consult the Surname Index to locate your ancestors and click on ‘Pre-order the Book’ to secure your copy.


Fr William Ferris

  

Fr. William Ferris was an intriguing figure. Priest , Sinn Féin propagandist , gaeilgeoir , polemecist , historian, temperance advocate and free-thinker , he was a formidable presence in Kerry and beyond during the first half of the twentieth century. His lifelong mission was to restore Ireland’s linguistic and cultural purity and to counteract what he saw as the anglicisation of  Irish society. He published six books ,including his major political work ‘The Gaelic Commonwealth’ and wrote five parish histories. 

He spent much of his five year curacy in the Parish of BallymacElligott ( 1929 to 1934) systematically collecting from his parishioners a vast archive of popular history covering not just the Parish of BallymacElligott but also the neighbouring parishes of Ballyseedy, O’Brennan and Nohoval.

When almost ready for publication , the book was banned by the Bishop of Kerry !

Dismayed and disheartened , Fr Ferris shelved the book and it has lain dormant ever since. Now after 85 years the book is finally to be published.

It is ,in Fr Ferris’s own words, “a history of the people ,by the people for the people” and will be essential reading for anyone with a connection to these parishes.

More About the Book

Contents

Amongst many other things , the book includes :

– a substantial genealogical archive of the families of the parish

– a census of householders in the four parishes in 1932

– gravestone inscriptions from the cemeteries of the four parishes

– an account of the Land War of the 1870s/80s (listing landlords and middlemen,evictions,local ‘Moonlighters’,policing,coercion,etc)

– an account of the War of Independence and the Civil War (Fr Ferris was closely involved in both)

– a social and cultural archive (e.g. Penal Days , the Famine,hedge schools,hedge school masters,National Schools with lists of teachers ,sports and pastimes, industry, holy wells, old cemeteries, Irish language, Protestant/Catholic relations, church history, clergy, duels, faction fights, etc)

– an archaeological survey of the four parishes

– a place name and field name inventory

– a topographical survey of the parishes

The book will appeal not just to those interested in the local history and genealogy of North Kerry but also to a wider audience who will find new and interesting material on archaeology, place-names, folklore, Church history ,Irish language ,the Land War, the War of Independence and the Civil War, Protestant/Catholic relations (in an area with a sizeable Protestant population) and much more besides. Although local and regional in scope, it provides a particularly interesting case study on the pivotal post–Famine period (1850s – 1930s) in rural Ireland.

  


Surname Index

  

  



Aherne 

Alexander

Allman 

Armstrong

Ashbourne

Averie

Babington

Baily

Balfour

Barkman

Barnet

Barrett

Barry

Barton

Bastible

Bateman

Beasley

Beazley

Benner

Bennett

Benson

Beoanus

Bernard

Biggar

Blennerhassett

Boyle

Bradford

Bradley

Bradshaw

Breen

Breifne

Brennan

Brereton

Brick

Brien

Brig

Broder

Broderick

Brosnan

Brown

Browne

Bryan

Buckley

Buckmaster

Burke

Burns

Busteed Quinnell

Byrne

Cahill

Cahill Connor

Campion

Carey

Carmody

Carter

Casement

Casey

Cashell

Challoner

Chambers

Chancker

Charity Chute

Cherry Mason

Cheston

Chism/Chisholm

Churchyard

Chute

Clancy

Clifford

Coffey

Coll

Collins

Conaire

Connell

Connor

Conway Hickson

Conway Hurley

Corcoran

Corkery

Costelloe/Costello

Cotter

Cournane

Courtney

Cromwell

Cronesbury

Cronin

Crosbie/Crosby

Crump

Cullinane

Culloty

Cummins

Cureton

Curran

Cussen

Cuthbert

Cuthbert Kearney

Dagg

Daly

Darby

Davis

Dawson

Day

de Geraldinis

de Hór

de Marisco

Deane

Dease

Dee

Deen

Deleo

Denny

Devane

Diggins

Dillane

Dillon



      



Disney

Divane

Doherty

Domaingin

Donoghue

Donovan

Doolin

Doran

Dorgan

Dowd

Dowling

Drury

Duggan

Duhig

Dunne

Dunraven

Dwyer

Eagar

Edgeworth

Egan

Egar

Emmet

Erraught

Fallon

Falvey

Farmer

Faughtan

Faughton

Faughten

Ferguson

Ferris

Ferriter/Firtéir

Fitzcar

Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald-Day

Fitzgibbon

Fitzmaurice

Fitzpatrick

Flaherty

Flahive

Fleming

Flynn

Foley

Follis

Foran

Foster

Franks

Freeman

Frizzel

Fuller

Gaine

Galvin

Geaney/Geany

Gilbert

Gloucester

Godfrey

Godley

Goodman

Gorham

Graves

Greaney

Griffin

Groves

Grovse

Haire

Hallinan

Hanafin/Hannafin

Hanlon

Hanrechan

Harbert

Harold

Harrington

Harris

Hartnett

Hassett

Haughton

Hawey

Hayes

Healy

Heffernan

Hehir

Henue

Herbert

Herlihy

Hick

Hickey

Hickie

Hickson

Hill

Hillee

Hilliard

Hilliard Lawlor

Hoffman

Hogan

Holt

Hooran

Hore

Horgan

Huggard

Hurley

Hussey

Inge

Irwin

James

Jeffcott

Jeffrey

Jones

Kavanagh

Keane/Kean

Kearney

Keating

Kelliher

Kelly

Kennedy


  




Kenny/Kenney

Kerins

Kerrisk

Kiely

King

Kirby

Kruger

Lacey

Laide

Langan

Langdon

Langford

Lauder

Lawlor/Lalor

le Gros

le Hore

Leahy

Leane

Leary

Ledmond

Lee

Leemy

Leen/Leene

Lenihan

Linden

Liston

Looney

Luther

Lynch

Lyne

Lyons

Mac Roi

Macadam

MacCloud

MacCorneill

MacCumhaill

MacDonagh

MacEdmund

MacEelig

MacLeod

MacOwen

MacWilliams

Madden

Mahony

Maloney

Mannix

Mansefield/Mansfield

Markby

Marshall

Martin

Mason

Matson

Maxwell

Maybury

McCarron

McCarthy

McCarthy-O’Connor

McCowen

McDavid

McDonnell

McElligott

McEllestrim

McEllistrim

McHenry

McIntosh

McKenna

McKinnon

McMahon

McQuinn

McSweeney

McThomas

Meade

Mellifont

Meyler

Millar

Millward/Milward

Molyneaux

Monteith

Moor

Moore

Moore Stack

Morgan

Moriarty

Morphy

Morrissey

Moylan

Moynihan

Muirthuile

Mulchinock

Murphy

Murray

Murry

Myles

Nash

Nash Leahy

Neill

Nelligan

Newton

Norris

Nunan

Nurse

O’ h-Eachaidh

O’Brien

O’Callaghan

O’Carthy

O’Cathasaigh

O’Connell

O’Connor

O’Connor-Kerry

O’Daly

O’Donnell

O’Donoghue

O’Donovan

O’Driscoll






  

O’Duibhdin

O’Dwyer

O’Egan

O’Fehilly

O’Flaherty

O’Gara

O’Grady

O’Halloran

O’Hanlon

O’Hely

O’Huidhrim

O’Kavanagh

O’Keeffe

O’Kelly

O’Leary

O’Mahony

O’Mara

O’Morihertagh

O’Neil

O’Neill

O’Riordan

O’Rourke/O’Ruarke

O’Sabháin

O’Scully

O’Shea

O’Sullivan

Offighillig

Oliver

Osborne

Parnell

Peet/Peete/Peat

Peevers

Pembroke

Perry

Phillips

Pickett

Pierce

Pigott

Pindy

Poff

Pollard

Powell

Power

Prendergast

Prendeville

Purcell

Quill

Quinlan

Quinnell

Quirke

Rael

Rahilly

Randall

Regan

Reidy

Revington

Reynolds

Rice

Rioda

Riordan

Roche

Rooney


  





Rourke

Rowan

Russell

Ryan

Ryeves

Ryle

Salisbury

Saunders

Savage

Scanlan/Scanlon

Scollard

Scully

Seeler

Seely/Sealy

Shanahan

Shaughnessy

Shea

Sheehan

Sheehy

Shellfield

Sheridan

Sigifrith

Simms

Slattery

Spillane

Spring

Stack

Stanley

Stapleton

Stephens

Stewart

Stokes

Stretton/Stretten

Sugrue

Sullivan

Sweeney

Swift

Talbot

Tangney

Taylor

Teahan

Trant

Trench

Twiss

Twomey

Vanstan/Vanston

Ventry

Verdon

Walker

Walker Mason

Walsh

Walshe

Warren

Watson

West

Wharton

Whateley

Whiston

Williams

Wright

Yielding


About the Editor

Brendan McCarthy , a native of Tralee, is a graduate of University College Dublin and a solicitor by profession. After a twenty five year legal career in the City of London, he now pursues his interest as a local historian ,his current area of research being Fr William Ferris’s unpublished histories of Kerry parishes.