By Michelle Crean

The long and diverse history of Kerry, in many of its aspects, has been published in a new book by Geography Publications as part of its series of county histories.

The 650-page ‘Kerry: History and Society’ is number 28 of the acclaimed series which when complete, will have dealt with the history and culture of each of Ireland’s 32 counties. The volume on Kerry is edited by the Cahersiveen-born Professor Maurice J. Bric, of University College Dublin. It consists of 29 articles by different writers on a variety of subjects as well as an introduction by Kerry native, Professor Joe Lee and a postscript by Tommy O’Connor, Kerry County Librarian.

Chapters cover a diverse range of topics about the history, archaeology, culture, society, ecology, language, politics, population and economy of Kerry from prehistoric times to date as well as key figures and incidents in the development of the county over thousands of years. Killarney features in Chapter 16 ‘The Killarney Poor Law Guardians and The Great Famine’ by Kieran Foley.

“This new history of Kerry is itself a milestone in the history of the county,” Professor Bric said.

“It brings together a range of essays on different aspects of our history and culture and how they developed in different parts of the county. Kerry has a rich, diverse and interesting history and the essays reflect this. And I hope that my fellow citizens of Kerry will enjoy reading them.”

‘Kerry: History and Society’ is now available in bookshops across Kerry as well as from the Geography Publications website, www.geographypublications.com. Orders can also be made by telephone to 01-456-6085.