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Welcome to Muckross House Research Library
The aim of Muckross House Research Library is to document the traditions, way
of life, and history of the people of Kerry.
Since its establishment, almost fifty years ago, the Library has played an important role as a Centre for the Collection, Storage and Preservation, of documentary material relating to Kerry.
Who are the Trustees of Muckross House ?
The Trustees of Muckross House (Killarney) CLG., is a voluntary and not-for-profit organisation.
What did Queen Victoria do at Muckross ?
The Herbert Family of Muckross enjoyed a high social standing, which reached its climax in 1861, with the visit of Queen Victoria to Killarney.
What was Ireland like In The 1930s & 1940s ?
The Irish Free State came into being at the end of 1922, following the signing of a Treaty with England in December 1921.
Down The Cobbled Lanes
We return once more to old Killarney and memories of the town as it was during the early decades of the twentieth century.
In those days, according to Tadhg, most people living down Killarney’s lanes kept a pig. It was then, on Fair Days, an amusing sight to see a pig being walked through the town to the Fair Field, in College Street. Tolls were paid, by those living outside the town, on any animals sold at the Fair.
St. Brigid's Cross
The making of St Brigid’s crosses is one custom that was once widely practiced across Ireland. The crosses were made in honour of Ireland’s female patron saint, St Brigid, whose feast days falls on the 1st of February. Traditionally this date was considered to mark the first day of Spring.... Read More