Canadian woman tracing her Annascaul roots

John Joseph Kennedy who born December 3, 1901, to John Kennedy and Margaret (Moynihan) Kennedy in Ballynacourty.
John Joseph Kennedy who born December 3, 1901, to John Kennedy and Margaret (Moynihan) Kennedy in Ballynacourty.

A CANADIAN woman whose grandfather was born in Annascaul is hoping that the people of West Kerry can help her trace her roots.

Shantel Kennedy, who is planning a trip to Kerry this October, is hoping to find out more about her the family of her grandfather, John Joseph Kennedy, who left West Kerry for Canada in the 1920s.

"My grandfather was born in 1901 in the Annascaul area, he served in the war and came to Canada in the 1920s," Shantel told The Kerryman. "Times were tough back then and sadly he never made it back to Kerry."

The 1911 census places the family in Acres, Ballynacourty, and records that John Joseph Kennedy was born on December 3, 1901, to John Kennedy and Margaret (Moynihan) Kennedy."

"My grandfather had two brothers; Peter, born in 1902, and Michael, born in 1904. There were two sisters, Mary born in 1907 and Bridget born in 1909. My great-grandmother's mother lived with the family as well and her name was Mary Moynihan," said Shantel has been frustrated in her attempts to find information online and feels contacting people through The Kerryman could be her best bet.

"Everything nowadays is an online newsfeed, a sign of the times I suppose and a sad one," she said. "Sitting down with a cup of tea and an iPad hardly holds the same comfort as snuggling in with the newspaper."

"This has been a tad frustrating and an incredibly overwhelming process - I'm very well aware that Kennedys are very abundant in Kerry and I hope some one of them will respond and that I will awake to see a response saying 'we share relatives' or 'I am your cousin'!"

Shantel was also able to provide a photograph of her grandfather taken in the early 1930s which also may help to jog people's memory.

"My husband, my father and myself are coming to Ireland in October and would absolutely love to track down some family. If anyone has any information, please drop me a line. The information I have is far from current, but someone out there might recognise family names or dates," she added.

Shantel can be contacted via email at