Kerrymen Down Under: The Cullity Diaspora

Following the publication on this website of ‘Castleisland’s Best’: Mundy Prendiville (1900-1968), Archbishop of Perth, Castleisland District Heritage was contacted by Catherine Giles, a descendant and researcher of the Prendiville family.[1]   Remarking on Archbishop Prendiville’s departure to Australia in the footsteps of his siblings, Catherine wrote:   The siblings were following Maurice Prendiville, their…Continue Reading

‘Heed Your Mother’s Counsel’: Victorian Values in a Castleisland Loft

Painting the cheeks may be appropriate enough for an Indian squaw, but no young lady possessing a well-regulated mind will fancy her attractions enhanced by the use of rouge Castleisland District Heritage is an unlikely repository for two nineteenth century issues of the London Journal, a literary periodical published from 1845 to 1928.  They were…Continue Reading

John Twiss of Castleisland: A Postscript

In May 2019, Castleisland District Heritage contacted the National Archives of Ireland in respect of material held there relating to the case of John Twiss.  At that time, application had been made for the Presidential Pardon of John Twiss.   However, due to Covid-19 and a series of unfortunate events, information about the material was…Continue Reading

Literary Kerry: Recent Donations to Castleisland District Heritage

Collected Essays of Con Houlihan   More than a game Selected sporting essays (2003), which includes the article ‘Knocknagoshel has its own Place in Racing History,’ and A Harvest New, rare and uncollected essays (2005, 2007) by Castleisland’s Con Houlihan number among recent literary donations to Castleisland District Heritage.[1]   The books contain reproductions of…Continue Reading

‘Castleisland’s Best’: Mundy Prendiville (1900-1968), Archbishop of Perth

Redmond Garrett Prendiville, otherwise Mundy Prendiville, was born on 11 September 1900[1] at Glanlarehan, Cordal, Castleisland.[2]  He was the youngest of sixteen children of Garrett Prendiville and Hannah Sullivan.[3]   He was educated at the local National School and St Brendan’s College, Killarney, subsequently at All Hallows College, Dublin from where he was expelled for…Continue Reading

Fitzgerald of Adraval and Knockrower

Adraval (spelling varies), near Scartaglin, was once a residence of the Fitzgeralds, Earls of Desmond.  There is no local memory of the property and its precise location has not yet been ascertained.[1]   John Galvin of Adraval describes the townland as follows:   Adriville (the Central Village) is in the centre of Scartaglin Parish being…Continue Reading

The Iron Church, Darrynane and the Earls of Dunraven

Darrynane Church of Ireland, Co Kerry, was dedicated in September 1915.[1]  It was a portentous year in which to embark on a church building project, as events of the following year proved:   Archdeacon John Fahy, Protestant Rector, Waterville, applied for £10 by reason of the Protestant Church at Darrynane being maliciously injured on the…Continue Reading

Twiss leads way for Pardon for Poff and Barrett

On Thursday 16th December 2021, formal application was submitted to the Department of Justice in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, for the Presidential Pardon of Sylvester Poff and James Barrett.  As with the recent Posthumous Pardon of John Twiss, application was made to the Department by Castleisland District Heritage, formerly the Michael O’Donohoe Memorial Heritage Project,…Continue Reading