Burke indicates that the Hurleys originated in county Limerick but acquired land and influence in Kerry by virtue of marriage into families such as the Blennerhassetts and the Conways. John Hurley is recorded as a principal lessor in the parish of Aglish, barony of Magunihy, at the time of Griffith's Valuation while Robert Conway Hurly held lands in the parish of O'Brennan, barony of Trughanacmy and Killahan, barony of Clanmaurice, at the same time. The Ordnance Survey Name Books record John Hurley of Tralee as the agent for the Crosbie of Ballyheige estate in the 1830s. The family estate amounted to over 11,000 acres in county Kerry in the 1870s. Properties in the town of Tralee, owned by John Conway Hurley, including The Bridge House, were offered for sale in the Land Judges' Court in May 1880. The trustees of the will of Robert Conway Hurley offered properties in the baronies of Trughanacmy and Clanmaurice for sale in June of the same year.