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Kerry Home, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Republic of Ireland

On 27 July 1872, an Industrial School for Protestant Boys, known as the Kerry Home, was certified to operate in premises at Prince's Quay (now Street), Tralee, Co. Kerry. The premises could accommodate up to 26 boys. The school was maged by the Rev. Raymond T.Orpen, Rector of Tralee.

In 1884, the average number of inmates was only twelve. The following year, the school resigned its certificate and the remaining inmates were transferred to the Meath Industrial School at Blackrock.

The Tralee buildings no longer survive and a conference centre now occupies the site.


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  • Barnardo's Origins Tracing Service — for people (and their families) who spent all or part of their childhood in an Irish Industrial School and are interested in tracing information about their parents, siblings or other relatives.
  • Irish Petty Sessions Court Registers 1828-1912 (available online to subscribers of FindMyPast) include details of committals to Irish Reformatories and Industrial Schools.