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Ballyseedy

And surrounds. Seat of Blennerhassett (in different buildings) from about 1586 to 1967.

Baile Ui Sioda, pron. "Ballysheedy" (same place as "Ballyshiddy"), Ballyseedy par, just SE of Tralee, Co.Kerry.




The Ballyseedy area.
Old Ballyseedy is at the W end of Ballyseedy Wood.
New Ballyseedy is at the E end of Ballyseedy Wood (entrance off the E side road).
Ballycarty is E of the E side road.
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From Google Maps.




Locations - Overview

  1. Ballyseedy Wood is SE of Tralee, just S off the main Tralee-Killarney road (the N21 / N22), on the small River Lee.
    There is a side turning off this main road at the E end of the wood, which I shall call the E side road.
    On this E side road is the 19th cent. Protestant Ballyseedy church, the old ruined Ballyseedy church, and the entrance to New Ballyseedy.

  2. Ballyseedy townland, Ballyseedy par, Co.Kerry, is the area W of the E side road. It covers from the W end of the wood to the E end of the wood (at the E side road). Historically it was centred at the W end of the wood, where Old Ballyseedy was.
    New Ballyseedy is at the E end of Ballyseedy townland.
    Ballyseedy Bridge over the river is at the E end of Ballyseedy townland, just off the main road on the E side road.

  3. Ballycarty townland, Ballyseedy par, Co.Kerry, is the area E of the E side road.
    Ballycarty Bridge over the river (or Ballycarty Cross) is on the main road, on the N side of Ballycarty (i.e. further E away from Tralee than Ballyseedy Bridge).



Locations - The houses

  1. Old Ballyseedy, W end of Ballyseedy townland, Ballyseedy par

    1. The old Ballyseedy Castle (built perhaps 15th cent, now a ruin).
      This is at the W end of the wood, on S bank of River Lee.

    2. The second Ballyseedy Castle (built c.1627, now a ruin).
      This is at the W end of the wood, on S bank of River Lee, right beside the old Ballyseedy Castle.
      These ruins are known locally as "Puck's House" and the natural spring at that place (which was probably the reason for choosing that location) is known as "Puck's Well".


  2. New Ballyseedy, E end of Ballyseedy townland, Ballyseedy par

    1. The new Ballyseedy House, formerly called Elm Grove (or Elmgrove) (built 1721, rebuilt 1760s, exists).
      This is at the E end of the wood, S of River Lee.
      [Houses of Kerry] considered Elmgrove as a separate building to Ballyseedy, but it seems clear that it was on the same site as new Ballyseedy House. See discussion.


  3. Ballycarty (or sometimes Ballycarthy), Ballycarty townland, Ballyseedy par

    1. The old Ballycarty Castle (built perhaps 15th cent, now a ruin).
      This is in NE corner of Ballycarty townland, on S bank of River Lee, near Ballycarty Bridge, near the gate lodge, NE of the later Ballycarty House.
      [Houses of Kerry] is wrong to say this is same site as Ballycarty House (though it is in the grounds).

    2. The new Ballycarty House (built in 1765-70 period, now a ruin).
      This is at E end of Ballycarty townland, SW of the old Ballycarty Castle.



1778 map



Map of Ballyseedy area. W is up.
From Taylor and Skinner's Maps of the Roads of Ireland, surveyed 1777, published 1778.
Light adjusted. See full size and original and other scan. From Bill Jehan.
Shows "Ballyseedy" (location of old Ballyseedy), "Elm Grove" (location of new Ballyseedy) and Ballycarty.





Old Ballyseedy




New Ballyseedy




New Ballyseedy (the S end)




New Ballyseedy (the N wing)




New Ballyseedy (interior)




Ballycarty





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