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Minister For Sunny Weather

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Full title: The Rector Who Wouldn’t Pray For Rain: a Memoir

Creator / Author: Patrick Semple

Item Type / Page count: Book / 224p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Mercier Press / Douglas Village, Cork

About: A memoir of a Wexford-born former Church of Ireland clergyman who no longer believes the basic doctrines of the Christian faith.

ID number(s): 1856355608 / 9781856355605

Chapters: Preface — The town — Childhood — Boarding school — Vocation — University — The North — America — The Midlands — Adult education — West Wicklow — The chaplaincies — Looking on — The Church — Believe it or not — Epilogue.

WW Connection #1: The author was one time rector of Donaghmore and Donard Parish.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Link to Blog entry for the prequel to this item.

Extra #4: Link to the Author’s website: http://www.patricksemple.ie/index.php

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Grandma on Holiday

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Full title: The Galloping Grandmother

Creator / Author: Sue Doyle

Item Type / Page count: Book / 105p

When Published: 1995

Publisher / Place of Publication: Piper’s Planet / No location given.

About: A story, suitable for 9-13 year olds, which features an enterprising Grandma and her family on holiday. The charity, ‘Children in Crisis’, benefits from the sale of each copy of this book.

ID number(s): 0952490153

WW Connection #1: The author lives “on a mountain view, near Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow”.

Extra #1: includes illustrations by the author.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Profile of an Artist

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Full title: Pauline Flynn

Creator / Author: Pauline Flynn. (edited by John O’Regan)

Item Type / Page count: Book / 47p

When Published: 1996

Publisher / Place of Publication: Gandon Editions / Kinsale, Co. Cork

About: This book was published to coincide with a touring exhibition by the modern Irish artist, Pauline Flynn. The exhibition, entitled Evocations, opened at Limerick City Gallery of Art in February 1996. The book is the first of the ‘Profile’ series from Gandon Editions which features modern Irish artists and their works.

ID number(s): 0946641722 / 9780946641727

WW Connection #1: The artist is a native of Donard and attended secondary school at Baltinglass.

Chapters: 2500 leaves for Pauline Flynn / Paul M. O’Reilly — An intransit to seeing: Molyneauxing / Gus Gibney  — Illustrations — Biographical details.

Extra #1: includes 20 full colour examples of the artist’s work.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

From Aghfarrell to Yellow Lough

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Full title: The place-names of Co. Wicklow : IV – The barony of Talbotstown Lower

Creator / Author: Liam Price

Item Type / Page count: Book / 280p

When Published: 1953

Publisher / Place of Publication: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: This is fourth volume of the definitive seven-volume series which covers the placenames in all the parishes of County Wicklow. The author was a judge in the district courts of Wicklow and his travels throughout the county presented the opportunity to research the history behind local placemanes.

ID number(s): 0901282375  / 9780901282378

Chapters: Donard Parish — Dunlavin Parish — Tober Parish — Crehelp Parish — Hollywood Parish – Boystown Parish — Kilbeg Parish — Boystown Parish — Burgage Parish — Blessington Parish — Kilbride Parish.

Extra #1: includes maps and index (to volumes covering the Baronies of Talbotstown Lower and Upper).

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Sing a Song of Rebellion

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Full title: Ballads and Poems of the Wicklow Rebellion 1798

Creator / Author: Ruán O’Donnell & Henry Cairns (editors).

Item Type / Page count: Book / 104p

When Published: 1998

Publisher / Place of Publication: Kestrel Books / Bray, Co. Wicklow

About: This book, published on the two-hundredth anniversary of the 1798 Rebellion, collects ballads and poems commemorating the event as it related to Wicklow and some neighbouring counties.

ID number(s): 1900505606 / 9781900505604

Chapters: William Byrne of Ballymanus (4 pieces) — Joseph Holt (3 pieces) —Michael Dwyer (9 pieces) — Anne Devlin (3 pieces) — 1798 in Wicklow (6 pieces) – Reflections of 1798 (15 pieces) — Appendices.

Extra #1: includes lyrics of 40 ballads and poems.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

A Blessington History

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Full title: The Four Stone Tree: a history of Blessington

Creator / Author: Vincent Byrne

Item Type / Page count: Book / 127p

When Published: 2003

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Author / Celbridge, Co. Kildare

About: A popular history of this West Wicklow town, well illustrated with many photographs which evoke memories of the past.

ID number(s): 0954624807 / 9780954624804

Chapters: Blessington — Plantation — Conflict — Famine: conflict with nature — Second military conflict — Civil war — Local transport — Social scene — Industry — She taught them all — Blessington Brass Band — Blessington lakes — Blessington GAA — Mr. President — Local defence force — Farming — Religious denominations — Picture gallery — Conclusion.

Extra #1: includes photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Walking in a Wicklow Wonderland

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Full title: Walking in Wicklow: a guide for travellers (afoot and awheel) through the Wicklow Mountains

Creator / Author: J. B. Malone

Item Type / Page count: Book / 172p

When Published: 1964

Publisher / Place of Publication: Helicon / Dublin

About: The classic walking guide to the Wicklow Hills. The author was well known for his ‘Open Air’ series of columns in the Evening Herald newspaper and a TV programme,  ‘Mountain and Meadow’.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Ways and means — The Western quarter (1) Around the lake — (2) Over Church Mountain — (3) Glenbride to Snugboro — (4) Along St. Kevin’s road — (5) Climbing Cleevaun — Heather deserts (1) The military road — (2) Two mountain lakes — (3) On Calary edge — (4) Djouce and the coffin stone — Glendalough and Glenmalure (1) From glen to glen — (2) Crossing Borenacrow — (3) The proud mountain — (4) Queen of the south — (5) Lugnaquilla from Glenmalure — Glen Imaal and westward (1) The round of Imaal — (2) West of Baltinglass — (3) Lugnaquilla from Imaal — The deep south (1) Aghavanna to Avoca — (2) South to Shillelagh — (3) Rathvilly to Aghavanna — (4) Croghan country.

Extra #1: includes illustrations, maps and index.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

An Equine Hero

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Full title: Generous

Creator / Author: Marcus Armytage

Item Type / Page count: Book / 191p

When Published: 1991

Co-Publisher (1) / Place of Publication: Marlborough Books / 6 Milton Road, Swindon, SN1 5JG, UK

Co-Publisher (2) / Place of Publication: Punchestown Books / Ormond Court, 11 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1.

About: The story of ‘Generous’, one of the best flat racehorses ever to come from Ireland. In 1991, he won the Epsom and Irish Derbies as well as the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Stakes.

ID number(s): 1873920016 / 1873919034 / 9781873920015

Chapters: Irish beginnings — A year in Durham — The Master of Whatcombe — A Saudi prince – Into training — Three wins in 1990 — The Guineas –The Derby (part 1) — The Derby diary — The Derby (part 2) — The Irish Derby — The King George — The Arc diary – The Arc — Breeding Appendix — Pedigree — Race Results.

WW Connection #1: Generous was bred by Barronstown Stud in West Wicklow

Extra #1: includes colour photographs

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

An Acclaimed Novel of WWI

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Full title: A long, long way [a novel]

Creator / Author: Sebastian Barry

Item Type / Page count: Book / 294p

When Published: 2005 and later editions

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber / London

About: A novel about an Irishman fighting in World War I with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, set against the backdrop of the impending Easter Rising in Dublin. This book was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 2005 and was selected in the Dublin: One City One Book initiative in April 2007.

ID number(s): 0571218016 / 9780571218011 / 0013074245 / 0571218008

WW Connection #1: Parts of the book refer to locations in West Wicklow

WW Connection #2: Author has resided in West Wicklow, including the Tinahely area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ”He was born in the dying days. It was the withering end of 1896. He was called William after the long-dead Orange King, because his father took an interest in such distant matters. On top of that, an old great-uncle, William Cullen, was yet living in Wicklow, across the mountains as they used to say, where his father himself had been reared….”

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 Publisher’s website.

The Sea in Irish Prehistory

Full title: Maritime Ireland : an archaelogy of coastal communities

Creator / Author: Aidan O’Sullivan & Colin Breen

Item Type / Page count: Book / 256p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Tempus / Stroud, Gloucestershire, UK

About: Two of Ireland’s leading maritime archaeologists explore the material evidence for maritime life and traditions of Ireland from 7000 BC to the present day.

ID number(s): 0752425099 / 9780752425092

Chapters: Mesolithic hunter-gatherers: life and death by the seashore, 8000-4000 BC — Neolithic farmers, landscapes and seascapes, 4000-2500 BC — The isles of the north: Bronze Age and Iron Age maritime tradition in Ireland — Saints, ships and seaways: early medieval coastal landscapes and traditions, AD 400-1200 — Gaelic lordships, Anglo-Norman merchants and late medieval mariners, AD 1100-1550 — Plantation, industrialisation and the modern world, AD 1550-1945 — Conclusions: towards a maritime archaeology of Ireland.

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

Extra #1: includes photographs and maps

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

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