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Up Up and Away in My Beautiful Balloon

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Full title: Ascend or die : Richard Crosbie: pioneer of balloon flight

Creator / Author: Bryan MacMahon

Item Type / Page count: Book / 254p

When Published: 2010

Publisher / Place of Publication: The History Press Ireland / 119 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2, Ireland

About: The story of Richard Crosbie, the first Irish aeronaut. He was a larger-than-life character with more than a bit of the showman in him. The book describes the ups and downs (pardon the pun) of his career culminating in a theatrical life in America which ended in 1824.

ID number(s): 9781845889852

Chapters: Foreword — Childhood and college years — Peg Plunket’s revenge — The first aerial adventurers – Plans and delays — The first manned flight in Ireland — The student hero of Royal Barracks – From Leinster Lawn into the Irish Sea — Soaring over the Shannon: Crosbie’s final flight – The rivals – Richard Crosbie in America — The conquest of the Irish Sea — Envoi — Appendix 1: Crosbie family history — Appendix 2: Timeline — Sources — Acknowledgements — Bibliography –Index.

WW Connection #1: Richard Crosbie was born in Baltinglass in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes several contemporary illustrations and additional photographs.

Extra #2: includes Crosbie Family History.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #5: Check out the 2013 Baltinglass Balloon Festival held in honour of Richard Crosbie

The Worst of Times

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Full title: The Curse of Reason: the Great Irish Famine.

Creator / Author: Enda Delaney

Item Type / Page count: Book / 293p

When Published: 2012

Publisher / Place of Publication: Gill & Macmillan / Hume Avenue, Park West, Dublin 12.

About: A history of the Irish Famine that looks at the social, economic and political dimensions of the event. It achieves this via the mechanism of examining the contemporary written testimonies of four important figures: Archbishop John MacHale, John Mitchel, Elizabeth Smith and Charles E. Trevelyan.

ID number(s): 9780717154159 / 9780717160105

Chapters: Preface — Acknowledgements — Prologue: the land of the dead — [Part I. Before the Famine] Encounters — Land and people — Politics and power — [Part II. That Coming Storm] Spectre of famine — Peel’s brimstone — [Part III. Into the Abyss] A starving nation — The fearful reality — Property and poverty — [Part IV. Legacies] Victoria’s subjects — Exiles — Epilogue: the death of Martin Collins — Notes — Bibliographical Note — References — Index.

WW Connection #1: Elizabeth Smith lived in Baltyboys House in West Wicklow. Her observations on the Famine relate to this locality.

Extra #1: includes photographs of Elizabeth Smith and her Scottish birthplace and residence.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: The paperback edition was published in 2014, under the title ‘The Great Irish Famine: a history in four lives’ (ID number 9780717160105).

All Our Places in One Place




Full title: Bunachar Logainmneacha na hÉireann = Placenames Database of Ireland

Creator / Author: FIONTAR in collaboration with The Placenames Branch (Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht).

Item Type: Website / Publicly Accessible

Homepage  URL: http://www.logainm.ie/

When Viewed: Contents correct as of August 2013.

Publisher / Place of Publication: Fiontar / Dublin City University, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.

About: This is the ‘go to’ location for looking up all our placenames. It is fully searchable in Irish or English and returns information on the correct spelling of the name, the meaning of the name, the audible pronunciation of the name and the location of the place on a map of Ireland. In addition, an archival records function allows you to see how the name developed over the centuries. This award-winning site also contains much supplementary material on the topic and will repay endless visits.

Contents: [County Wicklow Only – correct as of 14/08/2013] — Baronies (8) — Electoral districts (83) — Civil parishes (60) — Towns (28) — Townlands (1363) — Localities (1) — Sub-townlands (2) — Population centres (38) — Rivers (28) — Fords (1) — Bays (1) — Passes (6) –Roads (9) — Castles (1) — Cairns (6) — Crossroads (5) — Hills (16) — Woods (10) — Rocks (4) — Promontories (5) — Bridges (22) — Sandhills (1) — Waterfalls (3) — Valleys (19) — Features (2) — Man-made features (8) — Enclosures (2) — Lakes (15) — Ecclesiastical sites (10) — Hollows (1) — Minor features (20) — Bogs (1) — Fields (3) — Monuments (13) — Mountains and mountain ranges (59) — Streets (121) — Streams (12) — Houses (11) — Wells (1) — Caves, souterrains (1).

Extra #1: Browse through the County Wicklow elements mentioned above.

Extra #2: See sample entry for Carnew

Donard as Community Exemplar

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Full title: Stone on the Pier: Green Memoirs and Stories from Donard 2008

Creator / Author: Compiled and edited by Pauline Devine

Item Type / Page count: Book / 94p

When Published: 2008

Publisher / Place of Publication: Donard, Co. Wicklow / Donard I.C.A. Co-ordinated Intergenerational Project.

About: This book  is the fruit of a project which began in 2005. It comprised three strands. Firstly, members of Donard I.C.A. and their friends wrote stories. Secondly, writer-in-residence, Pauline Devine interviewed and recorded the memoirs of senior citizens of the area. Lastly, the pupils of the local school engaged in local activities and wrote about their experiences under the supervision of their teachers. The themes of community and sustainability are strongly reflected in the pieces that appear in this book which was accompanied by project exhibitions held locally.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Foreword — Introduction — Contributors — Stone on the pier / Bridie Tyrrell — Neighbours / Mary Manley — Making music in hard times / Tommy Whittle — Local food from farm and river / Lily Allen — Earwigs in the house / Claire Walsh — Football in Donard – the glory years / Jack Flynn — Girl on a farm / Jude Kearney — ‘The old people had Gaelic’ / Bill Cullen — School, work and play in Coolamadra / Kit Walshe — The windy road to school / Bridget Whittle — Slow cooking / Lil Dwyer — Adventures in the open air / Jimmy Moore — Wholesome times / Margaret Fielder — Brown paper schoolbook covers / Maureen Quigley — Body clocks in time with the seasons / Nora Whelan — My first day at school / Mary Stynes — Granny’s Hat / Josephine Ryan — Children’s corner: stories and responses — The Irish Countrywomen’s Association in Donard / Maureen Quigley — List of sponsors.

Extra #1: includes several colour photographs of the contributors and historical black & white pictures of the locality.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.


Blessington House No More

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Full title: The Building of the Mansion at Blessington, 1672

Creator / Author: Brian de Breffny

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 5p

Journal Information: The GPA Irish Arts Review Yearbook, pp. 73-77

When Published: 1988

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Arts Review / Dublin

About: In 1667, Archbishop Michael Boyle purchased the old Norman Lordship of The Three Castles and was granted a royal charter to establish the town of Blessington. He set about building a fine big house to be his residence. This article deals with the contract which was drawn up for the building of Blessington House and looks at the financial and construction aspects of what was a major project at the time. The mansion was destroyed during the rebellion of 1798.

ID number(s): 1649-217X / 0790-178X

Extra #1: includes black & white engraving plus elevation and ground plan.

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.

Census of Humewood

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Full title: Townlands / Streets in Humewood (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 August 2013.

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

About: The Census returns for the Humewood 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: Barraderry East — Carrig Lower — Carrig Upper — Crossnacole — Danesfort Lower — Danesfort Upper — Fiddan — Fiddancoyle — Graigue — Humewood — Kelsha — Kelshabeg — Kiltegan — Kiltegan Town (1911 only) — Knockavurrig — Muckduff Lower.

Extra #1: Browse the 1901 Census for Humewood DED

Extra #2: Browse the 1911 Census for Humewood DED

Caught in the Act

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Full title: The Beast of Baltinglass

Creator / Author: Ken Foy

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 16p

When Published: 2012

Publisher / Place of Publication: Paperweight Publishing Group, Level 4, Building 5, Dundrum Townhouse Centre, Dublin 16.

Parent Publication [book]: CSI Crime Scene Ireland / by Ken Foy / 189pp

About: An account of the investigation into a brutal rape and assault by Larry Murphy which took place in the Kildare / West Wicklow area in February 2000.  He was only apprehended when two local hunters came across him and his victim. The nature of this particular event has led to suspicions that Larry Murphy may have been responsible for other, more serious, crimes against women. The popular media have not been slow in demonising Murphy and the ‘Beast of Baltinglass’ appellation helps to fuel this impression.

ID number(s): 9781908813091

WW Connection #1: The perpetrator of this crime was born in Stratford-on-Slaney and lived in Baltinglass in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Contains colour 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 an exclusive extract courtesy of Irish Daily Star Newspaper website.

Baltyboys Ballet Belle

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Full title: Ninette de Valois and the Vic-Wells Ballet.

Creator / Author: Kate Neatby / edited by Edwin Evans.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 46p

When Published: 1934

Publisher / Place of Publication: British-Continental Press / London.

About: This is book number 11 in the series called ‘The Artists of the Dance’. It tells the story of Ninette de Valois and the creation of the Vic-Wells Ballet from a marriage of the Old Vic and Sadler’s Wells companies. Ninette de Valois, later to become Dame Ninette de Valois and the founder of The Royal Ballet, London was one of the pre-eminent world figures of twentieth-century ballet.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Foreword / Lilian Baylis — Introduction — Before the Vic-Wells — Beginnings of  the Vic-Wells Ballet — The school of ballet — Miss de Valois as performer — Miss de Valois as producer and choreographer — [Productions] Job — La Création du Monde — The Foolish Virgins — The Scorpions of Ysit — The Haunted Ballroom — Douanes — Other Ballets — Bar Aux Folies-Bergere — Conclusion — Appendix.

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.

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

Extra #5: Browse the 1901 Census entry for Ninette de Valois (née Edris Stannus) in Boystown Lower, Co.Wicklow

Fifth Collection of Articles on West Wicklow History

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Full title: Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society: Number 5, 2009

Creator / Author: West Wicklow Historical Society & contributors, joint editors Chris Lawlor, Donal McDonnell

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / 107p

When Published: 2009

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

About: The fifth publication of a set of articles on aspects of West Wicklow history. This issue covers locations from Baltyboys to Kiltegan with contributions from natives of the area.  Also featured is a major article by Chris Lawlor on Tithe, Protest and Criminality around Dunlavin during the years 1823-1845.

ID number(s): 0790-1739

Contents: Frontispiece: A map of 31 holdings in Stratford, late 18thC — A word from the Chairman — Ramblings from the Secretary — All the year round / Joseph McArdle — St. Patrick’s Missionary Society: S.P.S (The Kiltegan Fathers)  / Peadar C. Ó Cuilinn — Tithe, Protest and Criminality around Dunlavin, 1823-1845 / Chris Lawlor — Billy’s Country – a childhood memory / Kathleen Kinsella (née Keogh) — The West Wicklow Historical Society Officers 2009 — Baltinglass Cistercian Abbey / Mairéad Connellan — When Britannia’s sons with their long-range guns ran out in the Glen of Imaal / Liam Kenny — Photo from the past – John Dwyer, son of rebel leader Michael Dwyer / Eugene Byrne — West Wicklow as described in the Parliamentary Gazetteer of 1846 / compiled by Jason Lawlor — A horse tale / Dorothy Leonard — Memories of Donard [photo essay] — Elizabeth Smith comes to Baltyboys / Jim Corley — Dairy farming in West Wicklow: from the horse driven dash churn to creamery milk collection / Stanley Jackson — Methodists in Baltinglass – a juvenile obituary / Andrew Winnett — Extracts from the ‘Post-Chaise Companion or Travellers’ Directory Through Ireland’ / William Wilson — The development and present state of local Irish historiography / Chris Lawlor — A dangerous line / Janes Scannell — Endpiece: Map of Clough, Baltinglass 1722.

Extra #1: Contains black & white photographs, graphs and map reproductions.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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