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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.

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    With a limited print-run , this book is likely to sell out quickly.


    Price : to be confirmed but in the region of €15.


    So click on the link at the bottom of the page to pre-order your copy.

    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.

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