Ferriter Family Manifesto

I. We are all of a single family. By this is meant that we have common relation, or a common heritage associated with the Feiritear name, as known in County Kerry Ireland since Norman times.

II. While several lines of descent from earlier times exist, there exists no principal line, or line of primogeniture that requires recognition as the principal line.

III. Family members recognize a common heritage. While individual experiences may vary widely, and while separate family groups may have developed their own histories based upon unique experience, we acknowledge that for over 400 years, we had a common homeland in Ireland.

IV. The Feiritear name, in all of its variant spellings is an honorable name, and this honor should be sustained. Going forward in time, the honor of our name is to be maintained by all who cherish it.

V. Individual allegiance to and awareness of the greater family, (the extended family) is key to sustaining family identity, and should be encouraged and facilitated.

Know Your Ancestors

Padraig Ferriter

photo b. March 8, 1856
d. July 21, 1924

Padraig Feiritear was born 8 March 1856 to Maurice Ferriter and his wife, Nell Mhichil Mhainnnin at An Baile Uachtarach near Bally Ferriter. He was the fourth of nine children. His father, Maurice was a successful carter and farmer, a tenant of the Ventry family. Educated by the Nation School System of the era, he also studied Latin and Irish. Mostly self-educated in Irish, he displayed an Academic knowledge of the Language. He devised his own system of writing Irish. As a young man, Padraig began replicating (copying by hand) Irish manuscripts made available to him by local families. He also interviewed local families and... Read More