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Laurence Dunne Archaeology,
3, Lios na Lohart, Ballyvelly,
Tralee, Co. Kerry, Ireland

More and more people have become interested in the history of their locality, parish and family genealogies. An important aspect of this research is the actual finding of family graves - many of which are located in ancient historic graveyards that are often almost impossible to find due to the scale of the cemetery or the often wild and overgrown nature of them.

Laurence Dunne Archaeology are the foremost specialists in graveyard surveying in Kerry. For several years we have undertaken highly detailed GPS surveys mainly of historic graveyards for Kerry County Council. The template for graveyard surveying was first designed by us in 2007 and has since become the paradigm upon which all subsequent graveyard surveys for Kerry County Council have been based.

All the headstones, grave plots, tombs, grave-markers and plaques are recorded using a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) to < 10mm accuracy. All graves are then assigned an ID number which is linked to a searchable database that includes high resolution digital photographs, inscriptions and GPS co-ordinates.

More recently we have developed a product which is very much geared towards parish and local community groups. Tailor –made to suit each community’s needs and budgets, surveys can be carried out in incremental stages commencing with a basic survey and added to as required.

The main visual survey product comprises a detailed, coloured graveyard map and accompanying catalogue in hardcopy and digitally.

Graveyard maps are produced in a variety of sizes up to AO (841mm x 1189mm ). They can be adapted and modified for use as very effective information signage at the entrance to a graveyard or framed and displayed indoors. Visually attractive and easy to understand they facilitate the accurate pinpointing of family and historic graves.The catalogue contains the photographs, inscriptions and GPS co-ordinates which correspond to identification numbers on the map.Both map and catalogue provide an invaluable aid in the tracing of family trees and research into local history that can be accessed from all over the world.

To compliment the suvey we can also provide detailed historic background research of your parish church, graveyard and locality if required. Many of our graveyards date back to the medieval period and are a rich source of ancient history, social history and archaeology. Recently Frank Lewis of Radio Kerry featured a programme on Ratass Cemetery,Tralee that included Laurence Dunne and a number of other contributors.The programme was aired on ‘The Saturday Supplement’ on 31 May 2014. You can listen to a podcast on; http://www.radiokerry.ie/podcasts/

In our survey of Ratass in 2012 we recorded, mapped and catalogued 5,027 headstones, inscriptions and 102 tombs. Of all the graveyards we have surveyed Ratass is by far the biggest. In fact it is the largest graveyard in Co. Kerry. In 1841 it was just under one acre in extent and today it covers twenty one acres (8.4ha). Ratass is a National Monument whose origins date back to the 5th century. It is a historic gem that is worthy of more attention, as are most of Kerry’s parish graveyards and churches.

We can, on request, provide expert advice on the management and conservation of your graveyard including: the cleaning of headstones, conservation and repairs to historic buildings, tombs, headstones etc.; the laying out of paths; the management of wild areas including the best practice in removal of vegetation to protect both graveyard and the biodiversity of the site.

Without exception all the surveying team of Laurence Dunne Archaeology are vastly experienced and have undertaken numerous graveyard surveys all over County Kerry .The minimum number of graveyards that any member of the surveying team has completed is eleven while two of the team have completed over fifty surveys. All survey projects are managed by senior licensed archaeologist Laurence Dunne, who is a specialist in the surveying, research and conservation of historic graveyards and wider heritage sites. To date we have surveyed fifty-seven (57) graveyards in Kerry alone (see list below). Furthermore, we have written numerous historic architectural reports on many protected structures, including, castles, bridges, townhouses, demesnes and vernacular buildings.



List of Kerry Graveyards Surveyed


(1) Ankail, (Ballynahaglish), RMP KE100-015

(2) Ballywiheen (Ballineanig-Churchquarter, RMP KE042-103

(3) Brosna West, (East-Kerry), RMP KE032-008

(4) Dromavally (Killorglin), RMP KE056-026

(5) Kilconly, (Ballybunnion), RMP No. KE001-028

(6) Kilsarkan, (Castleisland) RMP KE049-086

(7) Lissycurrig (Kilurly), Ballybunnion-Causeway, RMP KE015-044

(8) Rathkieran (Kilemlagh Glen), St. Finan's Bay, RMP KE096-009

(9) Sallahig, (Dromod), RMP KE089-027


(10) Annagh, Tralee, RMP KE038-003

(11) Ballinakilly, Glenbeigh, RMP KE063 022

(12) Ballyseedy, Tralee, RMP KE038 021

(13) Clogherbrien, Tralee, RMP KE029-059

(14) Cummer, Ahane, Glencar, RMP KE064 014

(15) Curra, Glenbeigh, RMP KE063 008

(16) Shronahiree, Glencar, RMP KE082 001


(17) Aghavallen, Ballylongford, RMP KE002 058

(18) Aglish, Minard, RMP KE054 032

(19) Ballyduff, Dingle Peninsula, RMP KE036-066

(20) Churchill, Ballynahaglish, RMP KE028-014

(21) Dunquin, RMP KE052-014

(22) Dunurlin, Ballyferriter, RMP KE042-041

(23) Garfinny, Dingle, RMP KE043-228

(24) Kildrum, Dingle, RMP KE043-130

(25) Kilnaughtin, Ballylongford-Tarbert, RMP KE003 008

(26) Lislaughtin, Ballylongford, RMP KE003 016

(27) Lisselton, Listowel-Ballybunnion, RMP KE005 067

(28) Nohoval, Ballymacelligott, RMP KE039 014

(29) O'Braonain, Ballymacelligott, RMP KE030 018

(30) Raheenyhooig, Burnham, Dingle, RMP KE053 059

(31) Stradbally, Dingle Peninsula, RMP KE035 018

(32) Ventry, Dingle Peninsula, RMP KE052 119


(33) St. James's Main Street, Dingle, RMP KE043 224


(34) Ardfert, RMP KE020 046

(35) Kilfeighney, Kilflynn, RMP KE016 066

(36) Kilflynn, RMP KE021 142

(37) Killahan, Ardfert, RMP KE015 108

(38) Kilmoyly, Ardfert, RMP KE014 089

(39) Kilshenane near Banemore bog, RMP KE016 059

(40) Knockane, near Headleys Bridge Knocknagoshel, RMP KE023 010

(41) Freemount -near Barraduff, Rathmore, RMP KE068 00

(42) Ballinskelligs RMP KE097 036

(43) Church Island-Lough Currane, Waterville-boat required, RMP KE098 039

(44) Kilmore-near Knightstown Valentia Island, RMP KE079 072

(45) Srugreana-near Caherciveen, RMP KE080 016

(46) Kilbannivane, Castleisland, RMP KE040 028

(47) Killavarnoge, Cahersiveen, RMP KE079 026

(48) Rattoo, Ballyduff, RMP KE009 056

(49) Kilshannig, Castlegregory, RMP KE027 002

(50 Keel, Boolteens, Castlemaine, RMP KE046 021

(51) Killiney, Castlegregory, RMP KE036 003

(52) Abbeydorney, RMP KE021 053

(54) Killagha, Milltown RMP KE047 047

(55) St. John’s Graveyard, Brewery Road, Tralee (not an RMP)

(56) Ratass Graveyard, Tralee, Co. Kerry, RMP KE029-157


(57) Rathmore, East Kerry (not an RMP)