West Wicklow Bookshelf

~~ Logging Local Studies Sources Old & New ~~

Archive for the month “March, 2013”

Households in Rathsallagh Parish in middle of 19th century

Book cover image

Full title: Parish of Rathsallagh

Creator / Author: Richard Griffith

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / eDoc / 2p

When Published: 1854

Publisher / Place of Publication: Alexander Thom and Sons for Her Majesty’s Stationary Office / 87 Abbey Street, Dublin.

Parent Publication [book]: County of Wicklow: valuation of the several tenements comprising that portion of the Union of Baltinglass situate in the county above named / Richard Griffith, General Valuation Office / 106pp

About: The property tax system of 1850’s Ireland. It was the first major attempt at valuing property. This section lists householders in the Parish of Rathsallagh, part of the area covered by the Poor Law Union of Baltinglass in West Wicklow.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Ballyhurtim — Ballylaffin — Coonanstown — Crossoge — Mullans — Oldcourt — Rathsallagh — Rathsallagh Demense — Rottenhill.

Extra #1: Read the entries for  GV Rathsallagh Parish (pdf file).

Extra #2: Search Griffiths Valuation and link to contemporary maps at AskAboutIreland.ie

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

O Come All Ye Faithful!


Book cover image

© The Publisher


Full title: A farewell to famine

Creator / Author: Jim Rees

Item Type / Page count: Book / 174p

When Published: 1994

Publisher / Place of Publication: Arklow Enterprise Centre / North Quay, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.

About: In the mid-nineteenth century, the Bishop of Little Rock wanted to set up an Irish Catholic colony in Arkansas. This was during the Irish Famine Period, and the people who set out from South Wicklow and North Wexford were not necessarily fleeing the Famine. The group were led by Father Thomas Hore and this book charts their none-too-smooth progress as the original grouping of around 1,000 splintered up and ended up in various different locations in the USA.

ID number(s): 0952202956 / o952202905

Contents: Lists of sponsors — Prologue — The shaping of Thomas Hore — Coolattin Estate — Disaster — Bishop Byrne of Arkansas — The Melleray Connection — Farewell to famine — Liverpool – the emigrants’ limbo — Water, water everywhere… — New Orleans to Little Rock — Fort Smith — Plan B — Conclusion — Appendix 1: The Refugio Connection — Appendix 2: Passengers who travelled on the ‘Ticonderoga’, ‘Loodianah’ and the ‘Chasca’ — Chronology — Notes — Bibliography — List of subscribers.

WW Connection #1: Many of the emigrants hailed from South and South-West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes photographs, illustrations and maps.

Extra #2: includes the names of 847 people who emigrated.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Baltinglass Detective Does His Stuff

Book cover image

© The Publisher

Full title: The City of Shadows [a novel]

Creator / Author: Michael Russell

Item Type / Page count: Book / 468p

When Published: 2012

Publisher / Place of Publication: Avon / 77-85 Fulham Place Road, London W6 8JB.

About: A thriller which ranges from Dublin to Danzig and across the Dublin / Wicklow Mountains. The hero is Detective Stefan Gillespie who tries to solve the interlocked mysteries of two murders and a missing woman amid a city reluctant to reveal its darker secrets.

ID number(s): 9781847563460

WW Connection #1: The book is partially set in the hills of West Wicklow and the hometown of the main character is given as Baltinglass.

WW Connection #2: The author is a resident of the Baltinglass / Kiltegan area.

Extra #1: Opening line: ”The moon shone on the Liffey as it moved quietly through Dublin, towards the sea…”

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 courtesy of writing.ie

Hat-Tip: Thanks to the Carlow Nationalist Newspaper of 26/02/2013 for bringing this publication to our attention.

Saint Patrick’s West Wicklow Connections

Cover image


Full title: No. III Loca Patriciana. The Palladian Churches. Teach Na Roman, Domnach Arda, Cell Fíne

Creator / Author: John Francis Shearman

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 13p

Journal Information: Journal of the Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland, Fourth Series, Vol. 2, No. 2 (1873), pp. 486-498

When Published: December 1873

Publisher / Place of Publication: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin

About: The historical record such as it is, confuses the presence of Saint Patrick in Ireland with that of Saint Palladius. This is the third of thirteen articles on the topic of places associated with Palladius and Saint Patrick. The entire series was subsequently published in book form. This particular article looks at evidence for churches  and sites that would have a link with Palladius / St. Patrick in the West Wicklow areas of Dunlavin and Donard. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

ID number(s): 0035-9106

WW Connection #1: The author was C.C. of Dunlavin in West Wicklow

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Read this article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

The Ice Age in West Wicklow

Cover image

© Taylor & Francis

Full title: Some glacial features between Pollaphuca and Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Anthony Farrington and G. F. Mitchell

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 18p

Journal Information: Irish Geography, Vol. VI, No. 5, pp. 543-560

When Published: 1973

Publisher / Place of Publication: Geographical Society of Ireland, Dublin

About: This article looks at how glaciation during the Ice Age shaped the landscape between Poulaphuca and Baltinglass. It examines the various glacial events that occurred and analyses the composition of the rocks in the area.

ID number(s): 0075-0778

Extra #1: includes a map.

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 via Taylor & Francis Online

Post Navigation

An Irish Village

~~ Logging Local Studies Sources Old & New ~~

Irish Election Literature

... what you maybe meant to keep...

Patrick Leigh Fermor

He drank from a different fountain

Ed Mooney Photography

The official blog of Ed Mooney Photography. Dad of 3, Photographer, Martial Artist, Gym Rat & Blogger. Exploring the historical sites of Ireland.


a gallery of Irish snapshot and vernacular photography.


~~ Logging Local Studies Sources Old & New ~~

Brand New Retro

Vintage Irish Pop Culture & Lifestyle

LPCover Lover

~~ Logging Local Studies Sources Old & New ~~


~~ Logging Local Studies Sources Old & New ~~