Kerry - Irish Place Names

Patrick Weston Joyce

Kerry. The descendants of Ciar [Keer: see Connemara] were called Ciarraidhe [Keery: The Book of Rights (Leabhar-na-gCeart)], i. e. the race of Ciar; they possessed the territory lying west of Abbeyfeale, which was called from them Ciarraighe, and ultimately gave name to the whole county.