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The Centenary Finals – Hurling

© Wicklow GAA

Full title: Cluichí Ceannais Iomána an Chéid 30th Mean Fomháir 1984

Creator / Author: Coiste Condae Chill Mhantáin

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 21p

When Published: 1984

Publisher / Place of Publication: Coiste Condae Chill Mhantáin / Aughrim(?), Co. Wicklow,

About: The official programme for the Wicklow County Hurling finals that were held in 1984, the centenary year of the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association. It contains some material of West Wicklow GAA interest.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Hurling Officer’s Address / Tomás Ó Colmáin — Focal ón gCathaoirleach — Remember the teams — Carnew Panel — The Town of Carnew [poem] — Special Trophy — The Senior Finals of ‘54 — Rooting the Ash / Fr. Liam Dunne C.C. — Kiltegan Panel — Did You Know? — The Chapel at Kilamoate [poem] — County Hurling Championship Final 50 Years Ago — Senior Hurling Champs Down the Years.

WW Connection #1: The Senior Hurling final featured two West Wicklow teams, Carnew Emmets and Kiltegan.

WW Connection #2: A special centenary football match that afternoon was also contested by two West Wicklow teams, Blessington and Baltinglass.

WW Connection #3: The foreword to the programme was written by Peter Keogh, the Kiltegan native who was the Chairman of the Wicklow GAA County Board.

WW Connection #4: Includes a poem relating to the district of each of the senior finalists, Carnew and Kiltegan.

Extra #1: includes many photographs of GAA interest.

Crannogs and Their Uses up to 1650

© The Publisher

Full title: Crannogs in Late Medieval Gaelic Ireland, c.1350-c.1650

Creator / Author: Aidan O’Sullivan

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 21p

When Published: 2001 (hardback); 2004 (paperback)

Publisher / Place of Publication: Four Courts Press Ltd. / 7 Malpas Street, Dublin 8

Parent Publication [book]: Gaelic Ireland c.1250-c.1650: land, lordship and settlement / edited by Patrick J. Duffy, David Edwards and Elizabeth FitzPatrick / 454pp

About: Crannogs were artificial islands built in lakes or swamps. In this chapter (pp397-417), the author argues that up to now attention has been paid only to their early origin and use. He discusses the range of materials and artifacts found in crannogs and makes use of historical evidence to suggest that they continued to have various functions right up the middle of the seventeenth century.

ID number(s): 1851828001 / 1851828664

Contents: Origins, construction and occupation – Late medieval re-occupation – Crannogs as Gaelic settlements in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries – Crannogs as Gaelic settlements in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries: the end of the tradition – Crannogs as refuges for the Gaelic Irish in the seventeenth century: the final years – Conclusion.

WW Connection #1: Author Aidan O’Sullivan is a native of Valleymount in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes maps, a photograph and other illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide

Extra #4: Link to the author’s online presence on Academia.edu

Inspired by Saint Brigid

© The Author

Full title: Prayers from Manor Kilbride: Volume I

Creator / Author: Anna Nagle

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 42pp.

When Published: [ca. 2013]

Publisher / Place of Publication: [The Author] / [Manor Kilbride, Co. Wicklow].

About: A collection of 20 self-composed prayers each no longer than a single page. The prayer titles give an indication of their content. Each prayer is interspersed with a colour photograph taken by the author of scenes and subjects relating to Manor Kilbride and its environs. Part of the proceeds from the sale of this book go to the new community hall in Kilbride.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Saint Brigid — For the Miracle of Creation — Seefin on the Harvest Moon — Prayer of Protection for my Home and All who Enter Here  — A Prayer for my Brother — Prayer of Gratitude at the End of a Long Sunny Sunday — A Prayer for my Son — A Prayer for Self Acceptance — A Prayer of Thanksgiving for my Pal — Seeing You in Everything — A Prayer for my Grand Dog — Forgiveness — Heaven on Earth — Here Now — In Appreciation of my Self — Blessings on Awakening — On the Arrival of Autumn — A Prayer on Hearing of Friends Passing — In the Silence — A prayer for Patience – Acknowledgements.

WW Connection #1: Apart from the subject matter, the author is an artist, teacher and healer who lives in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

From the Drawing Board (1) – St. Mary’s Church, Blessington

© RCB LIBRARY – Architectural Drawings

 

 

 

 

Full title: Blessington Church. Diocese of Dublin

Creator / Author: RCB Library and Joseph Welland

Item Type: Website / Publicly Accessible

Homepage URL: https://archdrawing.ireland.anglican.org/

When Viewed: Contents described are those showing when viewed in November 2019.

Publisher / Place of Publication: Representative Church Body, Church of Ireland House, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6, D06 CF67

About: One of the many resources of the Representative Church Body Library is a collection of 19th and 20th century architectural drawings of Church of Ireland churches and cathedrals. In 2011 the Library secured a grant from the Esme Mitchell Trust to conduct a pilot project to digitize and catalogue these drawings. A subsequent grant from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has enabled further work to be done. As a result, an important heritage resource is now freely available online. This blog entry relates to architectural drawings of St. Mary’s Church, Blessington from around 1850.

Contents:  Blessington Church. Diocese of Dublin — Longitudinal Section. Transverse Section — Half External and Internal Elevation of Circular Lights in North and South Transepts. Doorway to West Porch. Finial and Flew Blocks — Section of Nave Aisle. External Elevation of North Aisle Window Internal Elevation of Aisle Window &c — Half External and Internal Elevation of Circular Lights in North and South Transepts. Doorway to West Porch. Finial and Flew Blocks — East Elevation. South Flank Elevation — Ground Plan showing proposed additions &c North Elevation.

Extra #1: Browse the RCB Library architectural drawings for Blessington Church

Extra #2: Link to the entry for this church on National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) website

Hat-Tip: To The Representative Church Body Library who have arranged for the digitisation of these drawings and their free accessibility online.

A Sisterly Saga

© The Publisher

Full title: Winter Flowers [a novel]

Creator / Author: Carol Coffey

Item Type / Page count: Book / 322p

When Published: 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: Poolbeg Press / 123 Grange Hill, Baldoyle, Dublin 13.

About: Two sisters, but many secrets. Iris and Hazel must come to terms with their past before a settled future can ever be contemplated. A novel of family relationships that mixes despair with hope. Can there be a ‘happy ever after’ for one or both of the sisters?

ID number(s): 9781842235027 / 9781842234587

WW Connection #1: The author lives in the Baltinglass area of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: “Iris Fay, are you in there?” The man’s voice boomed from outside the rundown shop as he knocked heavily on the door.’

Extra #2: Some editions include a preview of the first chapter of the book ‘The Penance Room’, written by the same author.

Extra #3: The novel has been translated into German.

Extra #4: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #5: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for editions of this publication in libraries worldwide.

A Century of GAA in Donard

© Donard GAA

Full title: Donard G.A.A. – a history 1884-1984

Creator / Author: Roisín Breathnach, Eibhlín Breathnach and Bernadín Breathnach

Item Type / Page count: Book / 91p

When Published: c.1984

Publisher / Place of Publication: [Donard G.A.A Centenary Committee] / Donard, Co. Wicklow

About: This is the story of Donard G.A.A. from the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association to its centenary year in 1984. It fuses historic newspaper reports and local remembrances to paint a picture of a community for whom Gaelic Games activities was an important element of social life.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Introduction / Roisín, Eibhlín and Bernadín Breathnach – Address from the Club Chairman / Antoin Breathnach – Address from the County Chairman / Peadar Mac Eocaidh — Address from Aodh Ó Broin / Aodh Ó Broin — The G.A.A.– its beginning and development — G.A.A. in Wicklow — Donard — 1930’s — 1940’s — 1950’s — 1960’s — 1970’s – 1980’s — Camogie — Hurling — Vocational Schools Football — Juvenile — Handball — Grand Little Town of Donard [poem] / Ned Dunne

Extra #1: includes numerous & black/white photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Ten of the Best from Caitlín Maude

© The Publisher

Full title: The Bright Wave / An Tonn Gheal: poetry in Irish now

Creator / Author: Dermot Bolger (editor) and contributors. Introduction by Alan Titley.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 200p

When Published: 1986

Publisher / Place of Publication: Raven Arts Press / P.O. Box 1430, Finglas Dublin 11.

About: This book is an anthology of modern Irish-language poetry from six poets who all emerged in the second half of the 20th century. Each poem is printed in Irish with an English translation opposite. The poets represented are: Michael Davitt, Caitlín Maude, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Micheál Ó hAirtnéide, Liam Ó Muirthile and Cathal Ó Searcaigh. The section that interests us is that devoted to 10 poems by Caitlín Maude each of which has been translated into English by Michael Hartnett (Micheál Ó hAirtnéide). Overall the book is an excellent introduction to modern poetry in Irish for people who are not that well versed in the Irish language.

ID number(s): 1851860088 / 1851860118

Contents: [Caitlín Maude poems only] Tá sé in am an dán deiridh a scriobh / It’s time to write the final poem – Géibheann / Captivity – Litir ón Aire Cultúir / Letter from the Minister of Culture – Comhairle / Advice – Lá amháin / One day — D’fhan muid ar feadh an lae / We stayed all day — Amhrán Grá Vietnam / Love song for Vietnam – Impí / Entreaty – Iobairt / Sacrifice – Rhoda / Rhoda.

WW Connection #1: Caitlín Maude spent some time as a teacher in Carnew in South West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

A River Runs Through It

    © CKAS

Full title: The Upper King’s River Valley – A Short History

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 16p

Journal Information: Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society, Vol. XX (Part 2), pp. 173-188

When Published: 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: County Kildare Archaeological Society / Co. Kildare

About: Although the subtitle of this article claims this is a short history, it is nevertheless a substantial piece running to sixteen pages. The area studied runs from the headwaters of the King’s River at Lake Nahanagan to the point where it enters the Poulaphouca Reservoir at Lockstown Lower. The author focuses on seventeen townlands that are contiguous to the river and explains placename origins, history, topography, and agricultural and industrial activity. The townlands covered include: Ballinagee, Banogue, Coonmore, Garryknock, Granabeg, Granamore, Harristown, Knockalt, Knocknadruse, Johnstown, Lockstown, Lugglas Lower, Oakwood and Walterstown.

ID number(s): 0332-0782

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: The article includes two maps and a b/w photograph.

Extra #4: Visit the County Kildare Archaeology Society website.

Wicklow for Beginners

© The Publisher

Full title: A History of County Wicklow

Creator / Author: Arthur Flynn

Item Type / Page count: Book / 166p

When Published: 2003

Publisher / Place of Publication: Gill and Macmillan / Hume Avenue, Park West, Dublin 12

About: This book is a general overview of the County of Wicklow. While some of the material is no longer current, the historical background is well presented and is a useful introduction to the subject. Chapter 8 contains neat descriptions of 16 towns and villages within the county.

ID number(s): 0717134857

Chapters:  Acknowledgements – Introduction – Antiquity – The Christian Era – The Middle Ages – The Early Modern Period – From Grattan to Parnell – Industries – The Towns – Communication and Travel – Visitors to Co. Wicklow in the Nineteenth Century – Modern Times – Famous Links with Co. Wicklow – The Arts – Tourism and Sport – Appendix 1: Census of Population – Appendix 2: Public Representatives for Co. Wicklow – Select Bibliography – Index.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: Includes sixteen pages of b/w photographs.

Ninth Collection of Articles on West Wicklow History

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© WWHS

Full title: Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society: Number 9, 2017

Creator / Author: West Wicklow Historical Society & contributors, joint editors Chris Lawlor, Donal McDonnell

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / 170p

When Published: 2017

Publisher / Place of Publication: West Wicklow Historical Society / Baltinglass (?), Co. Wicklow.

About: This ninth publication of a set of articles on aspects of West Wicklow history is the most substantial yet with articles of the highest quality. A diverse range of topics is covered from medieval stone lamps and sheep wash-holes to the Plymouth Brethren and railway accidents. The most extensive article in this issue is by Chris Lawlor which looks at the impact of the Civil War on ordinary citizens as reflected in compensation claim records. Overall this publication makes a most appealing Christmas stocking-filler for anyone interested in West Wicklow history.

ID number(s): 0790-1739

Contents: Foreword from the Chairman / John A. O’Toole — Ramblings of the Secretary / Donal McDonnell — Editor’s Preface / Chris Lawlor — Archaeological excavation on Baltinglass Hill – Lathaleere – the evolution of a place-name / Paul Gorry — Death in the Glen of Imaal – 16th September 1941 / James Scannell — The Plymouth Brethren and the Baltinglass connection / Cora Crampton – The Boyestowne Lordship: Baltyboys, Tulfarris & Humphreystown 1650-1850 [Part One] / Brendan Corrigan — County Wicklow Grand Jury 1793 – William Hanbidge’s recollections of wool-weaving in the 1820’s / John Hussey — A light into medieval Ireland: some thoughts on cresset-stones and a previously undocumented example from Newry townland, southwest Wicklow / Lorcan Harney — Denis Gavin and Ellen Murphy: early Queensland pioneers / Pauleen Cass — Odd fish in West Wicklow / Christopher Moriarty — Sheep wash-holes in West Wicklow / Seamus Balfe and John Hussey — A fatal accident on the Dublin & Blessington tram line in 1912 / James Scannell — Ernest Molyneux of The Decoy / Tom Molyneux – Tuckmills in West Wicklow / John Hussey — Trouble with the points / James Scannell – Three men and a (little) mountain / Brian McCabe – Raids, requisitions and recompense: the Civil War’s impact on West Wicklow, 1922-3 / Chris Lawlor – Review: Brendan Corrigan’s The History of Hollywood Co Wicklow / John Glennon.

Extra #1: Illustrated throughout with black & white photographs, maps, drawings and graphs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide

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