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A Puzzle on Every Page

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Full title: Trapdoor to Treachery [a novel]

Creator / Author: Kieran Fanning

Item Type / Page count: Book / 128p

When Published: 2000

Publisher / Place of Publication: Mentor Books / 43 Furze Road, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18.

About: A children’s novel which takes the form of a puzzle book. This is the first of four titles in a series called Code Crackers which require the reader to solve puzzles before moving on subsequent pages. The book is aimed at a nine to thirteen-year-old readership. The heroes, Sam and Lisa, go on the trail of a mysterious thief and are led into a strange and exciting world full of puzzles, elves and gobbledegooks.

ID number(s): 1842100238 / 9781842100233

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Stratford-on-Slaney in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ”Lowtown was a small quiet place. Sam and Lisa lived there. They were best friends and because neither of them had any brothers or sisters they spent most of their free time together. It was the summer holidays and they were out in Sam’s back garden. They were bored. ‘Let’s play detectives’, suggested Sam….”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Contains illustrations by the author.

Extra #5: Link to the Author’s website [http://www.kieranfanning.com/]


Are You a Native?

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Full title: Surnames of County Wicklow

Creator / Author: Paul Gorry

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 3p

Journal Information: Irish Roots, Issue No. 21, pp. 22-24

When Published: Spring 1997

Publisher / Place of Publication: Belgrave Publications / Belgrave Avenue, Cork

About: An article looking at the origins of surname types including earliest surnames, regional surnames, migrant surnames, those that come from Norman & Old English, Welsh & Manx and Modern English. Mention is also made of names associated with the O’Tooles, O’Byrnes and MacMurroughs. A list of the Top 20 surnames in 1851 is also included.

ID number(s): 0791-6329

WW Connection #1: Author Paul Gorry is a native of Baltinglass in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

A Saintly Troika

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Full title: The Three Patrons

Creator / Author: Rev. Fr. Philip Magee

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 21p

When Published: ca.1990

Publisher / Place of Publication: Divine Mercy Publications / P.O. Box 2005, Dublin 13

About: A booklet highlighting the lives and beliefs of the three most famous Irish saints – Patrick, Brigid and Colum Cille.

ID number(s): None

WW Connection #1: The author is a member of the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Diary of a Parish Priest

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Full title: Canon Frederick Donovan’s Dunlavin, 1884-1896: a West Wicklow village in the late nineteenth century

Creator / Author: Chris Lawlor

Item Type / Page count: Book / 64p

When Published: 2000

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Academic Press / 44 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4.

About: Canon Donovan served as parish priest of Dunlavin for twelve years towards the end of the 19th century. This short book highlights Canon Donovan’s diary, which provides a picture of the life of Catholics in the area during a time of great change. The book is based on a thesis prepared by the author as part of a Master’s Programme in Local History at Maynooth University.

ID number(s): 0716527243 / 9780716527244

Chapters: Introduction — Donovan’s place: the Dunlavin region, 1881-1901 — Donovan’s parish: religion in Dunlavin, 1881-1901 — Donovan’s politics: nationalist Dunlavin, 1881-1901 — Conclusion — Notes.

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

Extra #1: includes maps.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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


Famous Far and Wide

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Full title: Rathgall, County Wicklow: Dún Galion and the “Dunum” of Ptolemy

Creator / Author: Goddard H. Orpen

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 17p

Journal Information: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Vol. 32, (1914 – 1916), pp. 41-57

When Published: 1913

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

About: An article that tries to place Rathgall Hillfort in the context of Irish prehistory as  described in various ancient tracts. It also attempts to match the site to that identified as Dunum by Ptolemy the Greek  in the second  century A.D.

Extra #1: includes plan of the site.

Extra #2: Read this article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Let Us Pray in South West Wicklow

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Full title: The churches of Kildare and Leighlin 2000 a.d.

Creator / Author: Drawings and research by John Duffy. Edited by John McEvoy.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 128p

When Published: 2001

Publisher / Place of Publication: Éditions du Signe / 1 Rue Alfred Kastler, 67038 Strasbourg, Cedex 2 – France.

About: A profusely illustrated catalogue of every church in use in the Catholic Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin in the year 2000. Each drawing is accompanied by a potted history of the building.

ID number(s): 2746802937

Chapters: Introduction– The history of church buildings in Kildare & Leighlin — John Duffy biography — The history of the diocese of Kildare & Leighlin — Carlow Deanery — Tullow Deanery — Borris Deanery — Portlaoise Deanery — Portarlington Deanery — Kildare Deanery — Naas Deanery — Specially Featured: Carlow College and St. Mary’s Knockbeg — Early history of the diocese of Leighlin — St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, Kiltegan — Religious orders and congregations — Leighlin Cathedral (Church of Ireland) — Early history of the diocese of Kildare — Kildare Cathedral (Church of Ireland) — Bibiliography and Index.

WW Connection #1: Many of the churches within the Deanery of Tullow are located in the West Wicklow area.

Extra #1: Contains illustrations on every page. Contains many location maps.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

First Collection of Articles on West Wicklow History

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Full title: Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society: Number 1, 1983-1984

Creator / Author: West Wicklow Historical Society & contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / 95p

When Published: 1983 /4

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

About: The very first publication of a set of articles on aspects of West Wicklow history. This issue covers locations from Lacken to Coolattin with contributions from natives of the area and from local schoolchildren.

ID number(s): 0790-1739

Contents: West Wicklow Historical Society Officials 1983 — Honorary Life Members of WWHS — Editorial — West Wicklow Historical News / Gerorda Quaid — The Tullow line / Cora Crampton — Tales from a drowned land / Martin J. Kelly — Notes on Golden Fort and the Saunders family / Geoffrey Marescaux de Saubruit — A Saunders elopement / Geoffrey Marescaux de Saubruit — Baltinglass Convent / Sister Therese Morrissey — Wicklow Biographies: Brandubh / Paul Gorry — Wicklow Biographies: St. Kevin / Maria Brosnan — Wicklow Biographies: St. Laurence O’Toole / Dorothy Leonard — Wicklow Biographies: Walter de Riddelesford / Dorothy Leonard — The Family of Michael Dwyer / Paul Gorry — Linen and Cotton Printing at Stratford-on-Slaney, County Wicklow (Part 1) / Paul Baker — A visit to Knockpatrick Hill / Dorothy Leonard — God’s Acre: Burial-Ground, Chapel Hill, Baltinglass / Sister Therese Morrissey — St. Mary’s Church and Rectory past and present / Verena Wilson — V. Rev. Dr. Denis Kane, P.P., V.G. (1822-1883) / Sister Therese Morrissey— Parish of Ballymore-Eustace, 1791 / William Hawks — The Valentine Family (Part 1) / Paul Gorry & Anthony E. S. Valentine — Another life / Maria Brosnan — The chapel at Kilamoate [poem]  / Tom Kelly — Index to the Coolattin Estate emigration records, 1847-56 / Paul Gorry — Extracts from the Turtle manuscripts — Query — Junior Section: Baltinglass G.A.A. club during the years / Laura Wall — Junior Section: Local History / Bernadette Keogh — Junior Section: The Georgian / Marina Doyle — Junior Section: Baltinglass Hill Cairn / Kieran McMahon — Junior Section: Rev. Marchbanks / Ashley Bourne — Junior Section: Blessington in the 15th century / Kay Tutty — Junior Section: The Rectory- Baltinglass / Andrea Wilson.

Extra #1: Contains some black & white photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Great Taste in Art!

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Full title: The Beit Collection

Creator / Author: Christopher Brown

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 10p

Journal Information: Irish Arts Review, Vol. 1, Number 4, pp. 14-23

When Published: Winter,1984

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Arts Review / Dublin

About: An article which appraises the international importance of the Beit Art Collection that was permanently displayed at Russborough House, near Blessington. This collection was subsequently ransacked in a raid on Russborough by the major criminal mastermind known as ‘The General’.

ID number(s): 1649-217X

Extra #1: includes several colour and black & white photographs

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Read this article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

Humewood Under the Hammer

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Full title: Humewood, Kiltegan, Co, Wicklow: the entire contents on the instructions of the Trustees of the Estate of Madame Hume-Weygand, deceased, and the contents of the Ballroom to be sold on Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th July 1992 at 10.30 a.m.

Creator / Author: The Publisher(s)

Item Type / Page count: Book / 149p

When Published: 1992

Publisher / Place of Publication: Hamilton Osborne King / 4 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin in conjunction with E.A. Coonan & Son Ltd, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

About: The title says it all. An auction catalogue listing 1304 items, being the entire contents of Humewood Castle which were presented for auction in 1992. A two-page introduction gives a brief history of the Hume family connection with the estate.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Humewood and the Humes — Catalogue.

Extra #1: includes many photographs, both colour and black & white.

Our Hollywood: and the way it should be

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Full title: Hollywood: village design statement

Creator / Author: Wicklow Rural Partnership / Wicklow County Council

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 20p + 1 sheet

When Published: 2006

Co-Publisher / Place of Publication: Wicklow Rural Partnership / Saville House, Saville’s Cross, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

Co-Publisher / Place of Publication: Wicklow County Council / County Buildings, Wicklow, Co. Wicklow.

About: An A4-size full-colour document that has been produced through an extensive community consultation programme of meetings, workshops and questionnaires. It provides an account of the distinctive character of the village as seen through the eyes of local people and challenges the direction of future development.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Introdution and process — Village Profile — Village Structure – Setting and Approach — The village in its landscape setting — Village streetscape — Buildings and details — Design guidelines — Young people have their say.

Extra #1: Contains many illustrations, photographs and maps.

Extra #2: Read this publication online via website of  Heritage Council

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