Thomas Ashe Exhibition, Leabharlann an Daingin

Released: 17 August 2007

September 2007 marks the 90th anniversary of the death of Thomas Ashe.  To commemorate this occasion, a display of archives and other material related to Thomas Ashe will be exhibited at Dingle Library throughout the month of September. This material will be in addition to the permanent Thomas Ashe memorabilia that is on display at Dingle Library. The permanent material includes photographs, printed works and a bust of Thomas Ashe, his watch chain and comb.

The September display will include letters and other manuscripts written by Ashe during his time in prison, his family genealogy, his mortuary card and the report on his inquest. 

In addition, Kerry Library has received funding from the Heritage Council for conservation of the Thomas Ashe textile collection, and the display will include photographs and descriptions of work being undertaken on the collection at the National Museum Conservation Laboratory at Collins Barracks, Dublin.

Mayor of Kerry, Cllr. Michael Healy-Rae has welcomed this exhibition. “I am delighted that Kerry County Council is commemorating Thomas Ashe by making this material available for viewing by the public at Dingle Library. It is great to see that this important part of our history is being preserved for future generations.”

Dingle Library is open to the public from Monday to Saturday inclusive, between 10.00a.m. and 5.00p.m. with late opening on Thursdays until 8.00p.m.

This event will be just one aspect of the Kerry Library contribution to Heritage Week and the Archive Awareness Campaign for 2007.  Tralee Library will also host an exhibition of recently-acquired archive collections, including (among others) estate papers of the MacGillycuddy family, a collection of Rattoo/Ballyduff-related property deeds and issues of “Pictorial Times” from 1846 related to the tenantry of the Daniel O’Connell estate.  This display will be in place for the whole of the month of September.

Kerry Library will also hold a series of Guided Tours at the Local History and Archives Section in the County Library, Tralee on Tuesday & Thursday of each week in September 2007 at 11.00am each day.  The aim of these tours is to encourage people to avail of and appreciate archives.  All members of the public are invited to attend and find out about the wealth of historical and social material available.

The Archive Awareness Campaign is an ongoing campaign, which aims to unlock the potential of archives and encourages existing, new and different users to experience all that archives have to offer.  For further information on the campaign, please visit the Archive Awareness Campaign website ( ) or contact the archivist at Kerry Library, Michael Lynch at 066 7121200 or email

Kerry County Council, Co. Buildings, Rathass, Tralee

Phone: (066) 718 3500     Email:

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