Blennerville was originally called Cathair Uí Mhóráin (anglicised as Cahermoraun or Cahirmoreaun).
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:
The first mention of the name "Blennerville".
Rowland Blennerhassett is described as of Blennerville in [Deed, Mar 1781].
Blennerville on 1829 to 1842 map.
Blennerville on 1887 to 1913 map.
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.
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.
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