Blennerhassett Family Tree
Genealogy one-name study      by Bill Jehan
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Ballycarty House
Ballycarty, near Tralee, Co.Kerry
Ballycarty (pronounced "Ballycarthy") derives from 'Béal Átha na Ceartan' meaning 'The Ford of the Forge'
and is, I am told, unconnected with the family name McCarthy.
Ballycarty townland is a part of Ballyseedy civil parish, which equates to Ballyseedy Church of Ireland parish.
Ballycarty House was built close to Ballycarty Castle, an ancient small square Geraldine fort that had been occupied by the Blennerhassett family after the arrival in Kerry of Robert Blennerhassett, following the grant of lands in Kerry made to his father Thomas Blennerhassett of Flimby, Cumberland, by Sir Edward Denny of Tralee in 1590. 
The precise location of old Ballycarty Castle is uncertain. It may have been incorporated into the later Ballycarty House, but the parts of Ballycarty watermill, whose ruins survive close by on the bank of the River Lee, appear strong enough to have been defensive - if so perhaps the old castle was adapted to become the mill.
During the rebellion of 1641 John Blennerhassett lived in a house within the bawn or "strong outer wall" surrounding Ballycarty Castle, this probably the same house that was later to develop into the 18th century Ballycarty House.  After 1641 the principal seat of the Blennerhassett family ceased to be Ballycarty, moving a couple of miles to the West, to the adjoining townland of Ballyseedy.
Blennerhassetts remained resident at Ballycarty House well into the 18th century and Agnes Blennerhassett (daughter of William Blennerhassett who rebuilt "Elm Grove", now the "Ballyseede Castle" Hotel) was born at Ballycarty on Sunday, 12th October 1740.
By the mid 18th century Ballycarty House was home to the Nash family (see map of 1777). 
photo: courtesy of Antonia Johnson
Ballycarty House <year?>
photo: BJ
Ruins of Ballycarty House in 2004
Towards the end of the Irish Civil War Ballycarty House was due to be garrisoned by Free State Forces, with the aim of protecting the nearby railway and the Tralee to Killarney/Castleisland roads. Before this could happen the house was burned by Republican Forces, in January 1923 .  There was no other motive for the burning and no animosity towards occupants of the house during this troubled period.
Ballycarty House has recently risen from the ashes, rebuilt in 2009 in one of the yards adjacent to the old house, some of the 18th century structure incorporated in the new building.
photo: BJ
View towards the River Lee from Ballycarty House ruins, 2004
View towards the River Lee from Ballycarty House ruins, 2004.
The three long mounds parallel to the river are topsoil, placed here a few years ago
by the developer of the site in anticipation of future housebuilding.  

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