About The Project

Walk of the Ancestors 2017 sets out to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1867 Fenian Rising. A local Fenian, John Golden was a member of the rising and took part in the raid on Kells Coastguard Station, along with several other local Fenians from South Kerry.

The John Golden Monument

Monument Designed by local sculptor,  Holger C Lonze
Perforated Corten Steel Plate, Backlit, Mounted in Kells Stone.


Walk of the Ancestors aims to collate the local history of this rising. The events taking place in April 2017 will consist of a series of historical lectures, a re-enactment of scenes from the story, songs, music and unveiling a plaque to John Golden.

If you have any information or media to contribute, please contact us at the email address, phone, or via facebook.


Thank You

Thank you to our sponsors without whom this project would not be possible.

Sincere thanks to those who supplied information, documents and photographs to make this possible.

Thanks to Pat Kavanagh and the Team at IRD Foilmore-Kells, Foilmore Comhaltas, Fr Larry Kelly, Local Primary schools, Anne Golden, Fremantle and the Robinson relatives in NSW, in particular Sarah Robinson for Logo Design. Alan Landers photography. Christy Riordan photography.

The Team in Kerry behind the project:

Pictured from Left: Pat Kavanagh, Mary Golden, Pat Golden, Mary Golden, Jack Golden, Patrick Golden, Paddy Golden.

Preparing stone for the monument, Located at Goldens of Kells.

Proud Member of the Skellig Coast Tourism Network

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