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The Big Fellow’s Blessington Buddy

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Full title: Fear Not the Storm. The story of Tom Cullen, an Irish revolutionary [a novel]

Creator / Author: Cathal Liam

Item Type / Page count: Book / 457p

When Published: 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: St. Pádraic Press / P.O. Box 43351, Cincinnati, Ohio 45243-0351, USA.

About: Tom Cullen was one  of the closest associates of Michael Collins, but also one of the least known. This story of his life and exploits is told in the form of a true-life novel and is the closest we will probably get to a fully-fledged biography. The author has researched his subject extensively and includes several pages of endnotes and a selected booklist.

ID number(s): 9780970415530

WW Connection #1: The subject of this book, Tom Cullen, was born in Blessington in West Wicklow in 1890.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ”Tom Cullen was the fifth child born to Andrew and Anne Cullen. With great anticipation, his mother thought the birth would take place after the New Year of 1891, but by early December, she knew her days of carrying would be very short….”

Extra #2: The book contains more than 50 black & white photographs.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #5: Browse to the Census of Ireland entries for Tom Cullen in 1901 and in 1911

Extra #6: Link to the Author’s website http://www.cathalliam.com/default.asp

Extra #7: This book won the ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year in Historical Adult Fiction for 2011.

Russborough : a Plea for its Future

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Full title: What Now for Russborough?

Creator / Author: Desmond Fitzgerald / Sir Alfred Beit / John Mulcahy

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 6p

Journal Information: Irish Arts Review, Vol. 22, Number 4, pp. 120-125

When Published: Winter, 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Arts Review / Dublin

About: This feature is a composite article comprising a republishing of the text of a concise account of the history and heritage of the building and its contents originally written by Sir Alfred Beit in booklet form in 1978 together with a much shorter opinion piece on its future development by Desmond Fitzgerald, President of the Irish Georgian Society, plus a paragraph on the Alfred Beit Foundation. It would now seem that the concerns of Mr. Fitzgerald regarding the future of Russborough have been allayed by the continuing increase in its popularity as a cultural and tourism destination.

ID number(s): 1649-217x

Contents: Russborough, Blessington, County Wicklow / Sir Alfred Beit — The Alfred Beit Foundation / John Mulcahy — Some thoughts on Russborough / Desmond Fitzgerald.

Extra #1: includes several colour photographs

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.

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

Extra #5: Check our blog entry for the booklet containing the original article by Sir Alfred Beit.

How the Kiltegan Fathers are Safeguarding Children

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Full title: Review of Safeguarding Practice in the Saint Patrick’s Missionary Society

Creator / Author: The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI)

Item Type / Page count: Book (report) / eBook / 31p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: National Office for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland / New House, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

About: This report contains the findings of the Review of Safeguarding Practice in Saint Patrick’s Missionary Society (SPMS) undertaken by the NBSCCCI in line with the request made to it by the Sponsoring Bodies.  It is an assessment of local policy and practice against the Church’s seven standards, followed by recommendations for improvements to practice as appropriate.It is based upon the case material made available by the Society, along with interviews with selected key personnel who contribute to safeguarding within SPMS.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Background — Standard 1  A written policy on keeping children safe — Standard 2 Management of allegations — Standard 3 Preventing Harm to Children — Standard 4 Training and Education — Standard 5 Communicating the Church’s  Safeguarding Message — Standard 6 Access to Advice and Support — Standard 7  Implementing and Monitoring Standards — Recommendations — Terms of Reference.

Extra #1: Browse to this report (pdf file) via Safeguarding.ie website.

Census of Baltinglass

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Full title: Townlands / Streets in Baltinglass (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 2013.

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

About: The Census returns for the Baltinglass 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: Baltinglass East — Baltinglass East Town — Baltinglass West –Bawnoge — Carsrock — Clogh Lower — Clogh Upper — Cloghcastle — Deerpark — Holdenstown Lower — Holdenstown Upper — Irongrange Lower — Irongrange Upper — Lathaleere — Newtownsaunders — Raheen — Rampere — Rathmoon — Sruhaun — Stratfordlodge.

Extra #1: Browse the 1901 Census for Baltinglass DED

Extra #2: Browse the 1911 Census for Baltinglass DED

Islands in the Stream

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Full title: Crannogs: lake-dwellings of early Ireland

Creator / Author: Aidan O’Sullivan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 48p

When Published: 2000

Publisher / Place of Publication: Town House and Country House Ltd. / Trinity House, Charleston Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

About: This book is part of the ‘Irish Treasures Series’ which introduces people to various aspects of Irish archaeology, history, heritage and craft. Crannogs were artificial islands built in lakes or swamps and remained in use for more than 1000 years. The author specialises in the archaeology of waters and lakes, whose preservative properties archive a unique assemblage of otherwise fragile materials and objects.

ID number(s): 1860590918

Chapters: [What are crannogs] Studying crannogs — Crannogs through the centuries — Where crannogs are found — How crannogs were built — Houses on crannogs — Palisades — Access by boat or causeway — [Life on crannogs] Farming and domestic economy — Craft and industry — Attack and defence — Crannogs and early Irish society — Select bibliography — Modern crannog reconstructions.

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Valleymount in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes photographs or maps or illustrations on most pages.

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 [Registered users can read / download documents]

First Collection of Lakeside Articles

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Full title: Journal of Blessington-Lakeside Heritage Group

Creator / Author: Blessington-Lakeside Heritage Group & contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / 65p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Blessington-Lakeside Heritage Group / Blessington (?), Co. Wicklow.

About: The inaugural publication of a set of articles on aspects of the history and heritage of areas that surround Blessington Lake. All articles are concise ranging from snippets to four and a half pages. Plans are already afoot for the next issue.

ID number(s): 9781908559906

Contents: Cover Photo: The Mace of the Corporation of Blessington, 1786 — Blessington-Lakeside Heritage Group — Blessington-Lakeside Heritage Members — Future issues of the journal — The Tassies of Threecastles / John Hussey — Early local headstones (based on a talk by Chris Corlett) — A stranger in Ireland (snippet) / John Carr — Fair day in Blessington / Seamus Balfe — Early-Medieval Mill-site at Burgage Mor / C.J. Darby — Members of Parliament for Blessington 1692-1800 — The sand pits at Blessington — A history of stonemasons / Andy Farrington — Local lime kilns / Aiden Cruise — “I done my bit for my country” / Tom Tyrell — Presentment Grants, Kildare Spring Assizes, 1882 / abstract by Aiden Cruise — Archaeological locations in Lakeside / Aiden Cruise — The Quaker burial-ground at Baltyboys / Maureen McCaw — The woollen mills, Ballymore-Eustace / Matt Purcell — A visit to Bishop Boden’s Well, Lacken, Sunday November 5th, 1978 / Seamus Balfe — The Dispensary Doctor / Fidelma Clearkin— Church of ‘Our Lady’ [from Irish Independent Friday, 31st May, 1946] — Summer visitors – by Tram [from Irish Independent Saturday, 17th August, 1912] — Public Notices [from Freemans Journal 24th August, 1921] — Threecastles and Burgage Castle / Dr. Brendan O’Riordain — Blessington is our town [poem] / Michael Farrington — Church records and Manor Kilbride graveyard survey / Blessington History Society — Kilbride Military Camp / courtesy of Pat Lavelle — Cures in the 1820s from Fr. Finney of Valleymount — Blessington Men’s Shed — Estate Maps of our district — The Liffey Bridges beat them all! — Back Cover Photo: The gravestone of Patrick Brady at Manor Kilbride, 1732

Extra #1: Contains black & white photographs, illustrations and plans.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Blessington-Lakeside Heritage Group can be contacted via email @gmail.com. Use BlessingtonLakeside as the name.

Donard Notes Done in 1921

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Full title: On Donard, County Wicklow

Creator / Author: Colonel William Heighington

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 2p

Journal Information: Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society, Vol. IX, pp. 387-389

When Published: 1921

Publisher / Place of Publication: E. Ponsonby / 116 Grafton Street, Dublin.

About:   A very short article comprising one and a half pages of miscellaneous notes including the origins of the placename and descriptions of some local antiquities. The author writes in the context of his family’s connection with the area.

ID number(s): 0332-0782

Extra #1: View the entry for ‘Donard’ in the Placenames Database of Ireland.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Visit the County Kildare Archaeology Society website.


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