Old Map of County Kerry by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Tralee, Killarney, Dingle, Kenmare, and Listowel
Old Map of County Kerry by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Tralee, Killarney, Dingle, Kenmare, and Listowel
Old Map of County Kerry by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Tralee, Killarney, Dingle, Kenmare, and Listowel

Old Map of County Kerry by Samuel Lewis, 1844: Tralee, Killarney, Dingle, Kenmare, and Listowel

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This Old Map of Kerry by Samuel Lewis, dating back to 1844, offers a fascinating glimpse into the historical landscape of County Kerry, Ireland. With its intricate details and exquisite craftsmanship, this map is a true collector's item for history enthusiasts and cartography aficionados alike.

Featuring the main towns, cities, and other captivating landmarks of the time, this map provides a unique perspective on County Kerry's rich history. It is important to note that while some modern cities may not be depicted, or may appear under earlier names, this only adds to the allure and authenticity of this historical artifact.

Notable settlements founded before 1840 and located within the historical boundaries of County Kerry are as follows:

  • Tralee (1216): As the county town of Kerry, Tralee is renowned for its vibrant culture, historical sites, and annual Rose of Tralee festival.
  • Killarney (1602): Nestled amidst stunning natural beauty, Killarney is famous for its lakes, mountains, and as a gateway to Killarney National Park.
  • Dingle (1200s): With its picturesque harbor and charming streets, Dingle is a popular tourist destination known for its traditional music and ancient archaeological sites.
  • Kenmare (1670): Situated at the head of Kenmare Bay, Kenmare is celebrated for its scenic beauty, historic buildings, and vibrant arts scene.
  • Listowel (1303): A town steeped in history and literature, Listowel is renowned for its annual Writers' Week and as the birthplace of playwright John B. Keane.

The remaining settlements founded before 1840 and located within the historical boundaries of County Kerry are:

  • Cahersiveen (1579): A picturesque town with a rich maritime heritage, Cahersiveen is home to the impressive Ballycarbery Castle.
  • Castleisland (1226): Known for its medieval castle ruins and vibrant market town atmosphere, Castleisland is a hub of activity in Kerry.
  • Caherdaniel (1602): Nestled on the scenic Ring of Kerry, Caherdaniel offers breathtaking views of Derrynane Bay and is home to Derrynane House, the ancestral home of Daniel O'Connell.
  • Killorglin (1200s): Famous for its annual Puck Fair, Killorglin is a lively town situated on the banks of the River Laune.
  • Ballybunion (1300s): Renowned for its stunning beaches and historic castle ruins, Ballybunion is a popular seaside resort town.
  • Caherciveen (1579): Located on the Ring of Kerry, Caherciveen boasts a rich history and is a gateway to Valentia Island.
  • Lixnaw (1600s): A charming village with a strong Gaelic heritage, Lixnaw is known for its traditional music and friendly atmosphere.
  • Abbeydorney (1200s): Home to the impressive Ardfert Cathedral ruins, Abbeydorney is a village steeped in medieval history.
  • Sneem (1700s): Nestled on the scenic Ring of Kerry, Sneem is renowned for its colorful buildings and stunning natural surroundings.
  • Ballyheigue (1200s): With its beautiful sandy beach and ancient castle ruins, Ballyheigue is a popular destination for beachgoers and history enthusiasts.
  • Farranfore (1200s): Situated near Kerry Airport, Farranfore is a village known for its convenient location and access to the stunning Kerry countryside.
  • Glenbeigh (1800s): Surrounded by majestic mountains and the picturesque Caragh Lake, Glenbeigh is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Castlegregory (1200s): Located on the stunning Dingle Peninsula, Castlegregory offers beautiful beaches, water sports, and a rich history.
  • Ballyduff (1200s): Known for its strong hurling tradition and scenic location on the River Ballyduff, this village has a rich cultural heritage.
  • Tarbert (1200s): Situated on the banks of the River Shannon, Tarbert is a historic port town with a fascinating maritime past.
  • Ardfert (1200s): Home to the impressive ruins of Ardfert Cathedral and a round tower, Ardfert is a village with a rich ecclesiastical history.
  • Beaufort (1800s): Surrounded by the stunning MacGillycuddy's Reeks mountain range, Beaufort is a gateway to the Gap of Dunloe and boasts breathtaking scenery.
  • Ballylongford (1200s): A picturesque village with a strong literary heritage, Ballylongford is known for its annual Storytelling Festival.
  • Kilflynn (1200s): Famous for its vibrant hurling tradition and lively pubs, Kilflynn is a village with a strong sense of community.
  • Cromane (1600s): Situated on the scenic Ring of Kerry, Cromane is renowned for its fishing heritage and delicious seafood.
  • Milltown (1600s): A charming village with a rich history, Milltown is located on the banks of the River Maine and offers scenic walks.
  • Lispole (1700s): Nestled between the Slieve Mish Mountains and Dingle Bay, Lispole is a village with stunning natural surroundings.
  • Annascaul (1200s): Surrounded by picturesque mountains, Annascaul is known for its links to Antarctic explorer Tom Crean.
  • Fenit (1600s): A picturesque coastal village, Fenit is home to a bustling harbor and offers stunning views of Tralee Bay.
  • Kilgarvan (1600s): Located in the scenic Roughty Valley, Kilgarvan is a village known for its traditional music and warm hospitality.
  • Brosna (1600s): Situated on the border of Kerry and Limerick, Brosna is a village with a strong musical heritage and a lively pub culture.
  • Kells (1200s): Steeped in history and folklore, Kells is home to the impressive Kells Priory and offers scenic walks along the River Dinin.
  • Valentia Island (1200s): Connected to the mainland by a bridge, Valentia Island is known for its stunning cliffs, lighthouse, and transatlantic cable station.

Notable boundaries, rivers, canyons, national parks, and natural phenomena in County Kerry, Ireland include:

  • Dingle Peninsula: Jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean, the Dingle Peninsula offers breathtaking coastal scenery, ancient archaeological sites, and the iconic Conor Pass.
  • Ring of Kerry: A scenic driving route encircling the Iveragh Peninsula, the Ring of Kerry showcases stunning landscapes, charming villages, and historic sites.
  • Killarney National Park: Home to the majestic Lakes of Killarney, ancient woodlands, and the iconic Torc Waterfall, Killarney National Park is a natural treasure.
  • MacGillycuddy's Reeks: Ireland's highest mountain range, the MacGillycuddy's Reeks boast towering peaks, including Carrauntoohil, and offer challenging hiking opportunities.
  • Gap of Dunloe: A narrow mountain pass between the MacGillycuddy's Reeks and Purple Mountain, the Gap of Dunloe is renowned for its stunning beauty and traditional horse-drawn jaunting cars.

Notable historical events in County Kerry, Ireland between 1800 and 1850 include:

  • The Great Famine (1845-1852): County Kerry, like the rest of Ireland, was deeply affected by the devastating potato blight and subsequent famine, leading to widespread suffering and mass emigration.
  • The Catholic Emancipation Act (1829): This landmark legislation granted Catholics in Ireland the right to vote and hold public office, marking a significant step towards religious equality.
  • The Tithe War (1830-1836): A period of agrarian unrest, the Tithe War saw protests and violence against the payment of tithes to the Church of Ireland, contributing to a wider movement for land reform.

Owning this Old Map of Kerry by Samuel Lewis, 1844 allows you to immerse yourself in the historical landscape, discover the notable settlements of the time, and appreciate the natural beauty that has made County Kerry a renowned tourist destination to this day.

Please double check the images to make sure that a specific town or place is shown on this map. You can also get in touch and ask us to check the map for you.

This map looks great at all sizes: 12x16in (30.5x41cm), 16x20in (40.5x51cm), 18x24in (45.5x61cm), 24x30in (61x76cm), 32x40in (81.5x102cm) and 40x50in (102x127cm), but it looks even better when printed large.

I can create beautiful, large prints of this map up to 50in (127cm). Please get in touch if you're looking for larger, customised or different framing options.

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