Landlordism in Castleisland

‘Forfeitures of Kerry lands have been taking place since 1200’, observed Jeremiah King in his History of Kerry, describing the occurrences as ‘systems of robbery’.1     Within the ‘systems of robbery’, King identified the period of landlordism as 1710 to 1921.   Michael O’Donohoe took a particular interest in this period.  The collection contains…Continue Reading

Castleisland and the Herbert family

Michael O’Donohoe created a useful reference to names and places of local interest found in the 1963 edition of Herbert Correspondence (edited by W J Smith).1  Smith’s introduction to the Correspondence explains its relevance to the Castleisland collection:   The letters printed in this volume constitute all the sixteenth and the greater part of the seventeenth…Continue Reading

Sir Richard Griffith in Castleisland

In the year 1822, the town of Castle Island, in the county of Kerry … bore the most unequivocal signs of poverty in its inhabitants … the street presented a mass of uneven rock, resembling a quarry rather than a road – Richard Griffith, Civil Engineer1   It is clear from material in the collection…Continue Reading

Redmond Roche’s Map

A series of farm maps of the Castleisland area complement the collection.  An accompanying note describes the nineteenth century ordnance survey maps as ‘Redmond Roche’s Map’.     The maps, numbered one to six, include names, evidently land or lease holders, handwritten onto the map.1   The maps are undated.  However, the Glebe House of…Continue Reading

Evictions in Castleisland

Material relating to nineteenth century eviction in Kerry forms a large part of the O’Donohoe archive.  Much of it relates to the period of the Irish National Land League, gathered during Michael’s study of the Kerry Sentinel newspaper.   One document, entitled simply Evictions, reads like a roll call of the period 1878 to 1887,…Continue Reading