Humphrys genealogy

Genealogy research by Mark Humphrys.


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Blennerville, Annagh par (just SW of Tralee), Trughanacmy barony, Co.Kerry.
Blennerville is mostly in Curragraigue townland (pronounced "Curra-grag"). W edge in Tonavane townland.

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From Google Maps.

Blennerville was originally called Cathair Uí Mhóráin (anglicised as Cahermoraun or Cahirmoreaun).
It was developed by Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 1st Baronet (born 1740 or 1741, created Baronet 1809).
He developed it as the port for Tralee.
He arrived there in 1772 to 1774.
He is listed at "Corgrage", Co.Kerry, in [Deed, May 1774]. This would be Curragraigue townland (Blennerville). See "Archival records" here for old spellings.

Rowland re-named it "Blennerville" after his family.
He built Blennerville Windmill in 1780 to 1800.
The first mention of the name "Blennerville" is in [Deed, Mar 1781]. Rowland Blennerhassett living there.
[Houses of Kerry] says he was living Blennerville House in 1783.
Rowland is living at "Blennerville" in various deeds from [Deed, Oct 1783] to [Deeds, Feb 1788].

Rowland Blennerhassett lived 1788 to 1798 at Churchtown House near Killarney, but kept Blennerville and leased property at Blennerville to various tenants.
The name Blennerville is seen in [Deed, Aug 1792] and [Deed, 1794] and [Deed, 1794] and [Deed, Mar 1795] and [Deed, May 1795] and [Deed, Jan 1797].
Rowland returns to live at Blennerville in [Deed, Oct 1798].
He is listed there consistently from then until his death in 1821. (He became Baronet in 1809.)

Blennerville was the old port for Tralee (before the Tralee Ship Canal built).
In early 19th century, Blennerville was the centre of the Munster grain trade.
Fine houses on Main St, including the old house, Blennerville House, and newer Georgian houses like King's House.

Blennerville went into decline in mid-late 19th century because of:

  1. The silting of the river channel at Blennerville.
  2. The opening of the Tralee Ship Canal 1846.
  3. The building of Fenit Pier 1880, Fenit, N side of Tralee Bay.
Blennerville Windmill fell into ruins.

The first mention of Blennerhassett at what became Blennerville.
Rowland Blennerhassett is described as of Curragraigue (Blennerville) in [Deed, May 1774].

The first mention of the name "Blennerville".
Rowland Blennerhassett is described as of Blennerville in [Deed, Mar 1781].

Blennerville appears in a farming tour of Co.Kerry in 1814.
From [Radcliff, 1814, p.137].
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Blennerville on 1829 to 1842 map.

Blennerville on 1887 to 1913 map.

Blennerville, perhaps c.1900.
Windmill in ruins.
See full size. From NLI.

Blennerville Windmill. Visitors' centre on left.
Photo 2003. See full size.
See Google street view.

Blennerville at night.
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Photo 2006 from here. See terms of use.

Blennerville appears at 0:37 in this 2021 video of Gardai doing the Jerusalema Challenge.

Blennerville Bridge

Blennerville Bridge was built 1751 by Col. John Blennerhassett.
The place was not then called Blennerville.
The bridge takes most of the traffic to and from the Dingle Peninsula.
It was strengthened and enlarged 1996.
See street view.

The approach to Blennerville from the Tralee side, showing Blennerville Bridge and, in the distance, Blennerville Windmill.
Photo 2003. See full size.

Blennerville Bridge. See full size.
See similar shot.
Photos 2003.

Blennerville Windmill

Blennerville Windmill was built by Sir Rowland Blennerhassett, 1st Baronet.
He built it apparently in 1780 to 1800.
RTE TV report, 1 August 1984, says it was built 1780.
The windmill is mentioned in [Deed, 1800] but unclear if built then or earlier.

Blennerville was the port for Tralee and the centre of the Munster grain trade.
Tralee Ship Canal opened 1846.
Blennerville went into decline. The windmill fell into ruins.
It had already fallen into ruins by the time of [Griffiths Valuation, 1853]. The ruins were then owned by the Chute family.
It was restored later in 19th century.
Fenit Pier built 1880.
Windmill finally closed 1880s, fell into ruins again, in ruins by 1896.

It was purchased 1981 by Tralee Urban District Council, and is now restored as a tourist attraction.
The Blennerhassett genealogy on the wall at the entrance to the cafe is by Frank Blennerhassett, based on Bill Jehan's early work.
Bill Jehan says: "Frank based [the tree] on a 1968 Blennerhassett family tree drawn by myself .. as my first attempt at mapping the principal lines of the family, using standard reference works then available & before new research had been done; Please be aware that my original tree .. did contain errors and these errors remain in the wall chart at the Windmill."
See NIAH entry for Blennerville Windmill.
See Trip Advisor.

Blennerville Windmill. Photo 2003. See full size.

Blennerville Windmill, from the far side of the bridge.
Blennerville Bridge in background on LHS.
Photo 2005. See full size. From here.

Blennerville Windmill.
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From Google Street View.
See also 360 degree panorama. From

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