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Blennerville

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.






Blennerville.
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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.



Photo of Blennerville, c.1860s.
In possession of Denny family.
Shows King's House and the now vanished church.
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Street view of same location today.
The church is gone.



Photo of Blennerville, c.1860s.
In possession of Denny family.
Roughly the same spot as above.
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Blennerville, c.1870-1890.
Main street visible. Also the now-vanished church.
From The Eblana Photograph Collection.
From NLI.



Blennerville, c.1870-1890.
Main street visible. Also the now-vanished church.
From The Eblana Photograph Collection.
From NLI.
And another similar shot from NLI.






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