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Portmagee, Co.Kerry. The origins of an Atlantic smuggling village

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Author: Denis Casey, Maynooth Studies in Local History

Fourcourts Press, 2023

This volume — focusing on the immediate region surrounding the Atlantic village of Portmagee — shows how many of our traditional master narratives of Irish history do not stand up to scrutiny when investigated at local level. Christianization, Norman conquests, Cromwellian confiscations, religious persecution and Irish–European smuggling are all examined and shown to be much messier enterprises than popularly imagined, while equally complex was the village’s founder, Theobald MacGhee, a smuggler comfortably married into one of Kerry’s high-status gentry families.