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Once Upon a Time in Slievenamon

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Full title: The Big Sycamore

Creator / Author: Joseph Brady

Item Type / Page count: Book / 279p

When Published: 1958

Publisher / Place of Publication: M. H. Gill & Son / 50 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin.

About: A novel which chronicles a family called Fitzgerald who lived at the foot of Slievenamon. A tall tree in the grounds of the house gives the book its title. As with most novels, many events that are described are based on fact and may, to a certain extent, be autobiographical.

ID number(s): None

WW Connection #1: Joseph Brady was the pen-name of Rev. Maurice Brown, P.P. who was one time Parish Priest of Ballymore-Eustace which includes Hollywood in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: “Once upon a time there lived in Letterlee, at the foot of Slievenamon, the teacher of the village school, Maurice Fitzgerald, his wife, Kate, and their children, Jim, Peter, Martin, Mary, and John…..”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Read a review of this book from the Dublin Historical Record online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this review.

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