“A royal fort… Huge drowned valleys… 450 different mosses… Salmon leaping from rock basins… The highest promontory fort… Twenty dead in Ballyeigh… 72 hours of pints… The town centre future?“
Storied Kerry is an organization, a conference and a community of storytellers aiming to bring awareness to the wide range of Kerry stories and their social, cultural and economic potentials for the region. Our objective is to get Kerry story the status it deserves. A key ambition is to get Kerry story UNESCO World Heritage status
Storied Kerry/Ciarrai Scealach (SK) was started by a voluntary meitheal (working group), drawn from the eight Kerry districts – Caherciveen, Castleisland, Dingle/An Daingean, Kenmare, Killarney, Killorglin, Listowel and Tralee.
The organisation was started to help existing and new independent Kerry story initiatives: stimulate communities, commercial concerns and public bodies to develop their own local ‘story-house’ with its library of local story, on-going collection and research, performance and training.
This special storiedkerry.com web site initiative encourages great numbers to write, record or photograph stories on their place. Talk to your district director on the contacts page. A new story will be published on our front page every Tuesday and Thursday. Stories will be published from each district on a rotating basis (covering all districts every four months) – Stories bring Kerry to life through a series of themes:
- Kerry legend
- Contemporary story
Other Storied Kerry initiatives include:
- Fexco digitising the 250,000 pages of Kerry material in the National Folklore Archive.
- Piloting story initiatives in primary. second and third level schools.
- Encouraging ‘story-rooms’ and continuing storytelling in libraries.
- Encouraging churches to tell the Christian story of their hinterland
- The extensive collection of Kerry nuns stories.
The Storied Kerry Annual Conference
Each year the Storied Kerry community and all those interested in the Kerry Story descend on Killarney to be entertained and informed at our annual conference. For full details see the conference page.
Over the past 30 years communities from all over Kerry have been given the opportunity to tell their stories on Radio Kerry. Indeed, all local media have actively publicised Storied Kerry since its inception. We are particularly indebted to our key funders:
- Trustees of Muckross House
- Radio Kerry
- The Gleneagle Hotel Group
- The Institute of Technology in Tralee.
- Kerry County Council