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County Kerry was the territory of the Velabri or Vellibori in the second century A.D. according to Ptolemy. They were thought to be descendants of the Iberi of Spain. Later, the area formed part of the district of Desmond, or South Munster, which included county Cork. The Kerry portion was referred to as Ciaruidhe Luachra or "the rocky district on the great lake or water." The O'Connor clan dominated the northern tip of Kerry, and to their south was the FitzMaurice clan. Central Kerry belonged to the FitzGerald clan and two McCarthy clans: McCarthy Mor and McCarthy Muskerry. The southernmost part of the area was the territory of the O'Sullivan clan. Lesser clans and septs included Cantillon, O'Leane, Stack, McSweeney, McElligot, O'Brosnahan, O'Shea, O'Falvey, O'Long, Trant, O'Moriarty, O'Gallivan, O'Guiney, O'Rahilly, O'Cahill, O'Donaghue, O'Downey, O'Leahy, McGillicuddy, O'Connell, O'Kelliher, O'Quill, and O'Brennan.

25 Most Common Names in Kerry: Sullivan Connor Shea Murphy McCarthy Fitzgerald Moriarty Connell Foley Griffin Mahony Lynch Donohoe Walsh Connors Leary Casey Clifford Cronin Sheehan Stack Kennedy Kelly Healy Daly.

Kerry Publications

INDEXES TO IRISH WILLS (5 Volumes), Phillimore and Thrift 1909/1920
Volume III (Clare, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford) 2 fiche.

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