The Irish Census of 1659 shows six Kennedy families in the Dingle area. An extract from "The Last Lords of Ormond" by Dermot Gleeson (1938) reads as follows: "In the churchyard of the parish of Garfinny in County Kerry (at Dingle)is a tombstone inscribed: 'Here lie Maurice Kennedy and his wife Judith Carrane, James Kennedy and his wife Alice Moriarty Achillon - said Maurice and James were the sons of John, son of Maurice, son of John Kennedy, who in the days of Cromwell (pre 1659) left Nenagh in Ormond and settled in the Parish of Garfinach. This stone is consecrated to their memory by Jos. Kennedy, M.D., and the Revd. James Kennedy, P.P. of Dingle, sons of the said James, A.D. 1816". This extract provides a wonderful opportunity for those who can trace their decent from those Dingle Kennedys listed on the gravestone to go back all the way to Nenagh in Tipperary in about 1653. It is most unusual for the Irish to be able to trace their lineage back so farbecause of the lack of written records due to the Penal Laws that were in place for over 100 years. Read more about the history of the Kennedy family in "The Irish Kennedys - the story of the Rebellious O'Kennedys". Check the website http://www.onthenet.com.au/~laurieaghttp://www.onthenet.com.au/~laurieag for details.