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Up Up and Away in My Beautiful Balloon

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© History Press

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


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