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In His Father’s Footsteps

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Full title: On Pilgrimage  to Glendalough

Creator / Author: Aidan O’Sullivan

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 10p

When Published: 2009

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wordwell Ltd. / P.O. Box 69, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Parent Publication [book]: Lost and found II : rediscovering Ireland’s past / edited by Joe Fenwick / 332pp

About: A 10-page essay which links ancient pilgrimage and his own family history. The author reflects on family visits to Glendalough and the hill places to be found on the way from Valleymount. A centrepiece of the essay is a description of Templeteenaun, a medieval church site which the author (by now an archaeologist) was later to excavate.

ID number(s): 9781905569267

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

Extra #1: includes photographs.

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

No Room on the Estate

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Full title: Surplus people: the Fitzwilliam Clearances 1847-1856

Creator / Author: Jim Rees

Item Type / Page count: Book / 156p (168p)

When Published: 2000 (Re-issued 2014)

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Collins Press / West Link Park, Doughcloyne, Wilton, Cork.

About: During the Irish Famine Period, a number of landlords persuaded or coerced their tenants into emigrating from Ireland. In West Wicklow, a major clearance of about 6,000 persons took place from the Coolattin Estate of Lord Fitzwilliam. These men, women and children ended up in the Canadian districts of Quebec and New Brunswick. This book details the circumstances of the clearout and gives some account of how the displaced families managed in Canada.

ID number(s): 1898256934 / 9781898256939 / 9781848892040

Contents: Introduction — Coolattin Estate — Life on the Coolattin Estate 1830-1845 — The Poor Law — Crisis: 1845-6 — Shedding the Surplus — Life in the ‘Tween Decks — Quebec — New Brunswick — 1850-6 — Conclusion — Appendices — Endnotes — Bibliography.

WW Connection #1: The Coolattin Estate comprised 80,000 acres in South-West Wicklow and amounted to around one-fifth of the total area of County Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes several illustrations and maps.

Extra #2 Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Poems of a Dancer

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Full title: The Cycle and Other Poems

Creator / Author: Ninette de Valois

Item Type / Page count: Book / 51p

When Published: 1985

Publisher / Place of Publication: Sadler’s Wells Trust / London.

About: A collection of poems, dedicated to Princess Margaret, the proceeds of which were donated to the Sadler’s Wells Development Appeal for furthering the aims of the Royal Ballet and the Royal Ballet School in London.

ID number(s): None

Contents: [I] The beach of shells ( a memory of childhood) — The Buddha (in a museum garden) — The contented ghost — “He covets the earth”  — First love — Nocturne — November 11th — Song of the rush hour (underground) — The waters of Lethe (a myth) — [II] The crocus — The cycle — Dead cherry tree in a London garden — Frost — Harbour swans — Hidden copper beech in summer — The hills of Arran — The morning is not yet awake — Plea to autumn — River scene at twilight — The thaw — The tree (earth’s pipeline) — The wave — Winter river — [III] “I love pubs” (monologue overheard) — Background music in a saloon bar — One’s company — “Time please” — [IV] Age — Candles — Castle ruins on a hilltop — Theatre in the round — Concorde — Continuity — Courage — Graveyard on a hilltop (seen from a train) — Migraine — The Thames — Poppies — Poplars — Said the child…

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 and she became the founder of what was to become the Royal Ballet.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: For information, the author was awarded the Erasmus Prize in 1974 for her contribution to European culture.

Extra #4: Browse the 1901 Census entry for Ninette de Valois (née Edris Stannus) in Boystown Lower, Co.Wicklow

Census of Blessington

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Full title: Townlands / Streets in Blessington (Wicklow)

Creator / Author: National Archives of Ireland

Item Type: Website / Publicly Accessible

Homepage  URL: http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/

When Viewed: Contents correct as of December 2012.

Publisher / Place of Publication: National Archives of Ireland / Bishop Street, Dublin 8.

About: The Census returns for the Blessington District Electoral Division arranged alphabetically by townland. The 1901 census was taken on 31st March 1901. The 1911 census was taken on 2nd April 1911.

Contents: Ballydonnell — Ballylow — Ballynabrocky — Ballynasculloge — Ballynatona — Ballysmutton / Ballysmuttan — Ballyward — Blackrock — Blessington — Blessington Demesne — Blessington Town — Butterhill — Crosscoolharbour — Deerpark — Dillonsdown — Edmondstown — Haylands — Hempstown — Knockieran — Lugnagun — Oldcourt — Oldpaddocks — Rathnabo — Santryhill — Threecastles.

Extra #1: Browse the 1901 Census for Blessington DED

Extra #2: Browse the 1911 Census for Blessingon DED

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