From Laois to Kerry: The Crosbie Landlords and the Transplantation of the Laois Septs to Tarbert and North Kerry

A talk based on the book ‘From Laois to Kerry’ will be given in the Seanchai Centre in Listowel at 7-30 on Tuesday,the 17th April. It will be given by the book’s author Christopher Keane, a native of Tarbert.

This talk will explore the somewhat forgotten story of the strong Kerry connection with County Laois. Around four centuries ago the Laois clans, always known as the Seven Septs, Moores, Kellys, Dowlings, Lawlors, Dorans, Dees and McEvoys, were driven out of Laois to make way for its plantation and renaming as Queens county. They were transplanted to around ten parishes in North Kerry which included Tarbert, Ballylongford, Moyvane, Ballydonoghue and   Duagh as well as the strong hurling parishes of Kerry with old documents mentioning Finuge, Abbeydorney, Ballyheigue, Kilmoyley, Ardfert and Rattoo or Ballyduff.

The continuing strong presence in Tarbert and Kerry of the original Laois surnames, demonstrating their descendant’s survival through the centuries to the present time, will also be discussed. Finally there will be a particular focus on the leading role of the controversial Crosbies in organising the transplantation and then becoming the major landlords of North Kerry through the centuries.

The book ‘From Laois to Kerry’, which was the Nilsson Heritage prizewinner at Listowel Writers Week 2017, is available in selected bookshops in Kerry as well as on Amazon, or directly from the author: email:

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