Large turnout as Sir Anthony Denny is remembered

THERE was a large turnout at St John's Church on Ashe Street, Tralee, on Friday night for a memorial service held in honour of the late Sir Anthony Denny, one of the last descendents of the Denny family that ruled Tralee as landlords for centuries.

The ecumenical service was held at St John's Church of Ireland, where members of the Denny family had ministered and are buried. Among those in attendance were Sir Anthony's son Tom and his wife Benita who travelled from England for the service. It was the first time Mr Denny had been in Tralee since a visit with his late father in 2009.

Generations of the Denny family controlled Tralee for hundreds of years.

The town was granted to Edward Denny by Elizabeth I in 1587 and the Dennys remained an influential presence in Tralee until 1906 when the majority of the family left Kerry for England.

One family member, Francis Denny, remained in Tralee, living in 17 Denny Street, the old CYMS hall, until his death in 1914.

Prior to his death last September Sir Anthony Denny had sought to rebuild his family's links with Tralee, visiting the town in October 2009 for the first time in over 50 years.

During that visit he was accorded a full civic reception by Tralee Town Council.