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Tralee 800 logoA two-day conference looking at Tralee’s 800-year history will be held next month.

It’s part of the Tralee 800 programme, which is a year-long celebration of the town being founded by John FitzThomas Fitzgerald.
The Tralee 800 conference is jointly organised by the Kerry Archaeological and Historical Society, and Tralee Municipal District.

It’ll take place in Siamsa Tíre on the 4th of November and in the Rose Hotel the following day.

It’ll be officially opened by former Tánaiste Dick Spring, who’ll give the keynote address.

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’ which includes recently discovered photographs of Tralee dating from the 1860s.