Kilmurry Historical Society



KILMURRY HISTORICAL & ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY was formed in1963 by a group of local people interested in preserving & displaying the rich historical and archaeological heritage of the area. The Society operates a museum located in a renovated farm building located in Kilmurry village. This facility is generously donated, on an on-going basis, by the Galvin family vintners. Kilmurrry,
The museum building was once occupied by the family of the late Terence McSwiney, martyred Lord Mayor of Cork and the museum was officially opened in 1965 by Maire MacSwiney Brugha daughter of Terence McSwiney and named the "The Terence McSwiney Memorial Museum".

Among the extensive display of artefacts in the museum are:

" Extensive collection pictures, artefacts, documents, etc., relating to the late Terence MacSwiney, martyred Lord Mayor of Cork, whose descendants came, and still reside, in the immediate area.
" Exhibition of equipment , uniforms, literature, etc. from The War of Independence, particularly representing the Kilmichael Ambush, including "Crossley Tender" wheel presented by the late General Tom Barry, etc.
" Ambush layout, pictures, artefacts, etc. relating to the General Michael Collins / Bealnablath ambush.
" The complete kitchen, including seats, table, dresser, etc., of An tAthair Peadair O'Laoghaire, author of, "Séadhna" and other contemporary Irish books.
" Books, pictures and artefacts relating to the late Bishop Edward Galvin
" Photographs, and sports equipment and other GAA-related memorabilia dating back to the formation of the organisation.
" Re-created smithy with extensive collection of tools, bellows, etc.
" Various pre-Christian artefacts recovered from Kilmurry and it's hinterland.
" Archaeological and ecclesiastical artefacts, farm tools and equipment, etc., dating back to pre-history.

The society is committed to maintaining, and where necessary restoring, (under professional supervision), the rich treasure of archaeological and historical sites in the Kilmurry area.

During Summer months the society run conducted visits to sites of local historical and heritage interest, it is planned to extend these visits to other museums in Cork county.

The KILMURRY HISTORICAL & ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY NEWSLETTER is produced bi-annually, approx. 500 copies are distributed by members on a free-of-charge through local outlets throughout the parish.

Our display of artefacts has now outgrown the capacity of the present museum to display and preserve them, the society plans re-locate the museum to a new, purpose-built, building in the village that will provide the space and environmental control facilities required to develop and extend our current exhibition and storage capacity.

Sundays - Easter to Oct. 31, 1400- 1730.

New members, particularly welcome, you are welcome to call to one of our committee meetings these are held on the first Friday of the month in Kilmurry GAA pavilion, 9 p.m.