Conference looking at Tralee’s 800 year history begins today

A two-day conference looking at Tralee’s 800-year history will be held today and tomorrow.

It’s part of the Tralee 800 programme, which is a year-long celebration of the town being founded by John FitzThomas Fitzgerald.

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The Tralee 800 conference is jointly organised by the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, and Tralee Municipal District.

It will be officially opened in Siamsa Tíre at 7.30pm tonight, by former Tánaiste Dick Spring, who will give the keynote address.

The conference will continue to the Rose Hotel on Saturday from 9.30 am.

Conference speakers will include County Archaeologist, Michael Connolly who’ll speak about Tralee’s pre-history, and Dr Paul MacCotter of UCC who has studied the town’s turbulent medieval history.

Members of the two families that dominated the history of Tralee – the Fitzgeralds and the Dennys – will also attend, with Tom Denny presenting an illustrated lecture on ‘The Dennys of Tralee’.

Discussions will also be held on the development of Tralee and future plans for the town.