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Country Diary of a Dunlavin Lady

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Full title: Monica Carr’s Country Diary

Creator / Author: Monica Carr

Item Type / Page count: Book / 142p

When Published: 1997

Publisher / Place of Publication: Cork Publishing Ltd. / 19 Rutland Street, Cork

About: Monica Carr wrote a popular column in the ‘Farming Independent’ in Ireland. This book is a compilation of some of those ‘Country Diary’ columns which evoke memories of a simple and less mechanised farming culture.

ID number(s): 1860769551

Chapters:  Mean, hungry January — Sound the horn! — Boiling the bones — Walk on, walk on — Winds of change — Another age — Candlemas lore — Séan’s dilemma — Rooks build in Spring — Animal welfare — Going out like a lion — Dogs in the kitchen — Cycling in April — Polishing and superstition — Holy Week — Good Friday — Water everywhere — April hurries away — Family woes — The Spring Show — Glorious May — Summer blooming — On the treadmill — Joys of June — Sick friends — That sinking feeling — Picnic time — The scythe was king — Loneliness — A feast of colour — Home from America — Great inventions — Sunshine habits — Mushrooms — Season of fruit trees — Harvest of the binder — Accidents — Blossoming forth — A four-legged pest — Counting the pennies — Tremendous shock — Down from Dublin — A little rain — Autumn scents — Grandfather’s penknife — Salty bacon — Bulls and wrens — Martha’s passing — Plucking the turkey — Christmas Eve — December 31.

WW Connection #1: Monica Carr is the pseudonym of Mary Norton, who was born in Dunlavin in 1922.

Extra #1: includes some decorative illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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Thirty-Six Men Executed

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Full title: The Massacre on Dunlavin Green: a Story of the 1798 Rebellion

Creator / Author: Chris Lawlor

Item Type / Page count: Book / 175p

When Published: 1998

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Author / Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow

About: An account of  the atrocity where 36 local men were summarily executed for alleged involvement in and support for the Rebellion of 1798. The book looks at the context of the executions and tries to explain the situation in the area both preceding and following this horrific episode.

ID number(s): 0953294706 / 9780953294701

Chapters: A sense of place: Dunlavin — A sense of time: the 1790’s — The local scene in the 1790’s — Events leading to the massacre — Dramatis Personae I: Morley Saunders — Dramatis Personae II: Ryves and Richardson — The day of the massacre — The importance of document 620/37/133 — Aftermath — Commemoration — Conclusion.

WW Connection #1: Apart from the subject matter, the author is a native of Dunlavin.

Extra #1: includes photographs and maps.

Extra #2: includes words of some songs/ballads.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #4: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

 

Baltinglass Hill Excavation

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Full title: The excavation of a burial cairn on Baltinglass Hill, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: P. T. Walshe

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 16p

Journal Information: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Volume XLVI, Section C, No. 4, pp221 – 236

When Published: February 1941

Publisher / Place of Publication: Royal Irish Academy / Dawson Street, Dublin

About: A scholarly report on the archaeological excavation of the prehistoric burial site on the top of Baltinglass Hill, know locally as ‘The Pinnacle’.

Extra #1: includes photographs, illustrations and a fold-out plan of the site.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Preview the first page of the article online via JSTOR Archive

Come Dance With Me

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Full title: Come dance with me: a memoir 1898 – 1956

Creator / Author: Ninette de Valois

Item Type / Page count: Book / 238p

When Published: 1957 and later editions

Publisher / Place of Publication: Lilliput Press / 4 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7 (1992 edition).

About: This is the autobiography of Dame Ninette de Valois, the founder of The Royal Ballet, London and one of the pre-eminent world figures of twentieth-century ballet.

ID number(s): 0946640629 / 9780946640621

Chapters: An Irish jig — The Longest way — The extended circle — Both sides of the river — The wind in the clock — One side of the market — Birthday offering — Appendix: Notes on the ancestry of Dame Ninette de Valois.

WW Connection #1: Ninette de Valois (née Edris Stannus) was born at Baltyboys, Blessington, Co.Wicklow in 1898. The family moved to England in 1905.

Extra #1: includes photographs and index

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

A Wyse Woman

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Full title: From Parnell to De Valera: a biography of Jennie Wyse Power 1858-1941

Creator / Author: Marie O’Neill

Item Type / Page count: Book / 192p

When Published: 1991

Publisher / Place of Publication: Blackwater Press / 8 Airton Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

About: Jennie Wyse Power (née O’Toole) was prominent in public life in Ireland and was one of the pioneers in the participation of women in political life. She worked with some of the most famous names in Irish history such as Michael Davitt,  Charles Stewart Parnell, Arthur Griffith and Eamon de Valera. She became the first President of Cumann na mBan (the women’s auxiliary to the Irish Volunteers) and was a member of the Irish Senate.

ID number(s): 0861213335

Chapters: First beginnings — The Ladies’ Land League — A Parnellite family — Aftermath and resurgence — We ourselves — The road to insurrection — Regrouping and recovery — The War of Independence — Civil War — The Senator — Twilight years.

WW Connection #1: Jennie Wyse Power was born in Baltinglass, Co.Wicklow in 1858

Extra #1: includes bibliography, photographs and index

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Browse the 1901 Census entry for Jennie Wyse Power in Dublin.

Extra #5: Browse the 1911 Census entry for Jennie Wyse Power in Dublin.

The Bridges of West Wicklow County

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Full title: River Slaney: from source to sea: Slaney bridges and aspects.

Creator / Author: John Duffy

Item Type / Page count: Book / 123p

When Published: 2006

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Author / Tullow, Co. Carlow

About: A book which features illustrations of every one of the 33 bridges that span the River Slaney on its journey from West Wicklow, through Counties Carlow and Wexford to the sea. These illustrations are accompanied by information about the local areas and about the construction of the bridges.

ID number(s): 0955418402 / 9780955418402

Chapters: The River Slaney — Bridges — Slaney bridges of County Wicklow — Slaney bridges of County Carlow — Slaney bridges of County Wexford — Fishing and boating on the River Slaney — Slaney men of ’98 — Slaney miscellaneous.

WW Connection #1: River Slaney rises in the West Wicklow Hills

WW Connection #2: 13 of the bridges described are located in West Wicklow

WW Connection #3: Contains some information on Michael Dwyer

Extra #1: includes pencil drawings, maps

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

On Top of Wicklow

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Full title: The Tug of Lug

Creator / Author: Paul Clements

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 12p

When Published: 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: Collins Press / Doughcloyne, Wilton,  Cork

Parent Publication [book]: The Height of Nonsense / Paul Clements / 384pp

About: The author sets out to climb to the highest point in each of the 32 counties in Ireland and recounts his adventures. The chapter entitled ‘The Tug of Lug’ (pages 275-286) describes climbing Lugnaquilla and ponders its significance to people. Also briefly discusses the Castleruddery stone circle.

ID number(s): 9781903464694 / 1903464692

WW Connection #1: Lugnaquilla, in the heart of West Wicklow,  is the highest point in the county and the third highest mountain in Ireland

Extra #1: includes glossary, bibliography and index

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Visit the Author’s Website Paul Clements Writing.com

22 Stories From the Hills

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Full title: Among the Wicklow Hills

Creator / Author: Nicholas Byrne

Item Type / Page count: Book / 406p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Original Writing / Dublin

About: A collection of short stories capturing the lives of ordinary people in West Wicklow.

ID number(s): 1906018308 / 9781906018306

Contents: The Doctor’s Dilemma — The Curse of Black Hazel — The Skull — The Good Samaritan — The Jaycloth — The Square Box — The Dream — The Counsellor — The Undertaker — The Fugitive of Avoca — The Rising — The Mission — The Spalpeen — The Village School — Terry, the Village Urchin — Waiting for the Call — The Road Overseer — Ned’s Romance — A Fall from Grace — Pete the Farmer — A Reprieve for Old Dan — The Culchies.

WW Connection #1: Stories set in the Wicklow Hills

WW Connection #2: The author was born in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

The Irish Game

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Full title: The Irish Game: ‘a true story of crime and art’

Creator / Author: Matthew Hart

Item Type / Page count: Book / 220p

When Published: 2004 with later editions

Publisher / Place of Publication: Chatto & Windus / London.

About: The book tells the story of the robbery, and subsequent recovery of old masters paintings from Russborough House, Blessington. The 1986 heist was the brainchild of Martin Cahill, aka ‘The General’.

ID number(s): 9780099474579 / 0701177551 / 0701177616 / 1846173078

WW Connection #1: The stolen paintings were taken from Russborough House, one of the architectural gems of West Wicklow

Extra #1: includes photographs and index.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Hello world!

Welcome to the West Wicklow Bookshelf.

Hopefully, over time, this will build up into a virtual library listing of local history sources. Suggestions welcomed!

Material logged here should have some relevance for West Wicklow Studies and will include:

#1: Items on West Wicklow subjects / topics regardless of where they originate

#2: Items issued in West Wicklow regardless of subjects / topics covered

#3: Items produced or written by anybody who has an association with West Wicklow

#4: Items with a peripheral connection to West Wicklow

A Note on Placenames: Because there are variations in local spellings of placenames we will, for consistency, endeavour to use the spellings taken from the multi-volume ‘Place-Names of Co. Wicklow’, by Liam Price.

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