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Tenor from Tinahely named Troy

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Full title: Dermot Troy – Shine Through My Dreams

Creator / Author: Liam Gaul

Item Type / Page count: Magazine Article / 2pp

Journal Information: Ireland’s Own Magazine, Harvest Annual, pp. 41-42

When Published: 8th August 2003

Publisher / Place of Publication: Ireland’s Own / Channing House, Rowe Street, Wexford.

About: This is the third part of a series of articles called ‘Giants of Irish Music’. It is a brief page and a half overview of the life of the tenor, Dermot Troy, who did not study music until he was 22 years old, but regrettably died from a heart attack at the age of thirty-five.

WW Connection #1: Dermot Troy was born in Tinahely in South West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Includes four black & white photographs.

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

Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ya!

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Full title: The Incredible Life of Jonathan Doe [a novel]

Creator / Author: Carol Coffey

Item Type / Page count: Book / 390p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Poolbeg Press / 123 Grange Hill, Baldoyle, Dublin 13.

About: In the USA in particular, the name John Doe is given to someone whose identity is not known or cannot be revealed. In this novel, Brendan Martin is subject to community service for drink driving offences. During this time he meets a chap named Jonathan Doe from a homeless shelter. However, all is not what it seems. So just who is this Jonathan Doe? And what is his story?

ID number(s): 9781842235157

WW Connection #1: The author lives in the Baltinglass area of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: ‘Brendan Martin rose from his bed and looked through bleary eyes at the view of Dover town, which fell steeply away from the small hill where his uncle’s house stood.’

Extra #2: This edition includes a preview of the first three chapters of the author’s book ‘Winter Flowers’.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Tithes Payable by Crehelp Folk from 1833




Full title: Townlands in Crehelp (Wicklow)

Creator / Author: Genealogical Society of Utah in partnership with The National Archives of Ireland

Item Type: Website / Publicly Accessible

Homepage URL: http://titheapplotmentbooks.nationalarchives.ie/search/tab/home.jsp

When Viewed: Contents described are those showing when viewed in March 2014.

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

About: Tithe Applotment Books were compiled between 1823 and 1837 in an attempt to determine how much the holders of agricultural land over 1 acre should pay in taxes or tithes to the established Church of Ireland. These books list the name of the head of each relevant household outside of urban areas. A Tithe Applotment book was compiled for each Church of Ireland parish. Some of the transcribed names of people and places are not 100% accurate, but the original entries may be viewed for clarification.

Contents: Crehelp – Crehelp Moor – Kinsellastown – Lemonstown.

Extra #1: Browse the Tithe Applotment Book(s) for Crehelp Parish

Extra #2: Browse the Tithe Applotment Book(s) for Donard Parish which includes content for Crehelp (correct at March 2015)

Hat-Tip: To the Genealogical Society of Utah and The National Archives of Ireland who have arranged for the digitisation of these records and their free accessibility online.

Dunlavin’s Central Role in Prolonging the1798 Rebellion

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Full title: The Longest Rebellion: the Dunlavin massacre, Michael Dwyer and West Wicklow 1797-1803

Creator / Author: Chris Lawlor

Item Type / Page count: Book / 204p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Small World Publishing / 2 Great Strand Street, Dublin 1

About: This book, by local author Chris Lawlor, examines events related to the 1798 rebellion in the context of the massacre at Dunlavin Green. He looks at the background to the rebellion, the local factors at play and the effect that the massacre had in prolonging rebellious activities. In particular, he reviews the role of Michael Dwyer who spearheaded resistance from his base in the Wicklow mountains.

ID number(s): 9780955463426

Chapters: Acknowledgements – List of abbreviations — Introduction – Place: examines the pivotal position and strategic importance of the Dunlavin area within West Wicklow and neighbouring County Kildare – Time: explains political developments in America, France and Ireland that impacted on the Dunlavin region – Melting pot: analyses the complex social and political world of West Wicklow in the 1790s – Terror: details the violent times and terror tactics used in the Dunlavin region immediately prior to the 1798 rebellion – Massacre: chronicles the events of the 24 May 1798 in Dunlavin, when over forty men were executed – Aftermath: evaluates the effect of the Dunlavin massacre in the context of the wider rebellion and the insurgent career of Michael Dwyer – Resistance: concentrates on the guerrilla war waged by Michael Dwyer and his followers in the Wicklow Mountains from 1798 to 1803 – Conclusion – Map of West Wicklow –

Appendices: (1) Dunlavin Green ballads: The Ballad of Dunlavin Green — A Lamentation on the Heroes who Were Shot on Dunlavin Green — Dunlavin Green (2) The executed men: Yeomen Saundersgrove Corps — Yeomen Narraghmore Corps – Non-Yeomen from the area – Other Lists and Names (3) Ballads about Michael Dwyer: The Three Flowers – On Captain Dwyer – The Outlaw’s Bride – On An Escape of Dwyer – Michael Dwyer – The Ballad of Michael Dwyer (4) Courts Martial records – (5) Letters from Kilmainham Gaol – (6) Commemoration – (7) Michael Dwyer, the Wicklow chief – (8) The Ancient Briton Regiment – (9) The Judge, a short story about Dunlavin – (10) Interview with the author — Bibliography.

Extra #1: Includes several black & white photographs, maps, and illustrations.

Extra #2: Includes the words of several ballads and poems on people and events of the time.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #5: View background information about this book via the Dunlavin District Forum website .

A Very Cross Stonemason?

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Full title: The Abandoned Cross at Ballintubber, Hollywood, County Wicklow

Creator / Author: Christiaan Corlett

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 3pp

Journal Information: Archaeology Ireland, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 26-28

When Published: Summer 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wordwell Ltd. / Unit 9, 78 Furze Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18.

About: Imagine the time involved fashioning a large Irish High Cross from Wicklow granite only to have it break while being turned over. This article looks at such a cross,
left where it was in the fields of Ballintubber near Hollywood. It’s an ill wind that doesn’t blow some good and this accident now leaves a legacy pointing to how such crosses may have been made.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes colour photographs.

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.

Extra #4: Visit the author’s website & blog

Extra #5: Link to the author’s online presence on Academia.edu

The Schools Around the County

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Full title: Education in Wicklow: from parish schools to national schools

Creator / Author: Michael Seery

Item Type / Page count: Book / 189p

When Published: 2014

Publisher / Place of Publication: Creathach Press / Wicklow [?]

About: A meticulously researched and well-presented work which traces the history of purpose-built schoolhouses in Wicklow up to around the middle of the nineteenth-century. Written by someone who has an obvious passion both for education and for local history, it is hard to believe that a book of this size could contain so much information.

ID number(s): 9780992823306

Chapters: [Introduction] Education in Ireland – Penal Laws – The lay of the land – Sources for this study – Overview of book.
[Education in Ireland before and under the Penal Laws] Royal schools – Charter schools – Other schools.
[Landlord educators and the Wicklow Education Society] The Kildare Place Society — The Wicklow Education Society – The Fitzwilliam Estate – Arklow  Barony – Talbotstown Barony – North-east Wicklow – Conclusion.
[The emergence of a National School system] The decline of the Kildare Place Society – National Schools in County Wicklow — Conclusions.
[Appendices] Extracts from the reports of the Kildare Place Society training records for Wicklow (1814-1825) — Extracts from the records of the Kildare Place Society:  gratuities awarded to teachers to 1824 — Extracts from the Lord Lieutenant’s Fund for County Wicklow – Wicklow returns to the Second Report of the Commissioners of Irish Education Inquiry (abridged) – Brief biographical details of those with an interest in Wicklow education – Schools marked on Ordnance Survey of Ireland Map (1838-1840), with web link to OSI map, Google Map, Google image (where school building is still in existence) and notes on the location of school – Bibliography – Endnotes.

Extra #1: Includes several black & white photographs, maps, plans and tables of data.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

STOP PRESS: The author’s website (viewed March 2015) states: “Education in Wicklow is now sold out but is available for free on Google Books.” Click here for Google Books link.


I, Patrick, a Sinner…

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Full title: Patrick, the pilgrim apostle of Ireland: including St. Patrick’s Confessio and Epistola

Creator / Author: Edited and translated with analysis and commentary by Máire B. de Paor, PVBM

Item Type / Page count: Book / 313p / 310p

When Published: 1998 / 2002 (US ed.)

Publisher / Place of Publication (UK edition): Veritas Publications / 7-8 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1

Publisher / Place of Publication (US edition): Regan Books / HarperCollins Publishers Inc., 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022.

About: A portrait of our national saint told through a scholarly analysis of his two surviving writings – The Confession and the Epistle to the Soldiers of Coroticus. While the book is not an easy read and is academic in tone, it is nevertheless a significant addition to the body of literature on Saint Patrick.

ID number(s): 0060009020 / 1853903043 / 1853904503 / 9781853904509

[Introduction]. Saint Patrick’s legacy to his children in the faith. Patrick’s pilgrimage of faith.
[A. Patrick the Writer] What is a Confessio? – Biblical rootedness of the Confessio – Patrick’s conversion – Dramatic structure of the Confessio – Parallel patterns in Patrick’s writings – Chiastic or concentric patterns in Patrick’s writings – Literature, a reflex of God’s creative action — Patrick’s use of Sacred Scripture – Contemporary literary influences – The authenticity of Patrick’s writings.
[B. The Historical St. Patrick] Patrick, son of Calpornius – The Romano-British citizen – Evangelisation in the Roman Empire – The fall of Rome, AD 410 – The Christian response – When did Patrick’s ‘pilgrimage’ begin? – Where were the six years of his captivity spent – Where was Patrick taken captive — Patrick’s family — Patrick’s education — Patrick’s knowledge of the Sacred Scripture.
[C. In the Land of Patrick’s Captivity] The Irish political system in Patrick’s time – Irish language, culture and beliefs – Dangerous enemies of the Empire – The Irish believing in Christ.
[Chapter One] To know you, the only true God : Confessio, parts I & V.
[Chapter Two] Patrick’s testimony of his sacred calling : Confessio, part II.
[Chapter Three] Patrick’s testimony of his mission to the Irish : Confessio, part IV.
[Chapter Four] Patrick’s testimony of his rejection and betrayal : Confessio, part III.
[Chapter Five] St. Patrick’s Epistola excommunicating Coroticus.
[Conclusion] Patrick the pilgrim – Mary, the Mother of God, Muire Máthair Dé – The Samaritan Woman – The arena of Patrick’s pilgrimage – Patrick’s twelve perils – Spiral movement of the Confessio – Archetypal imagery in the Confessio – Patrick, the good shepherd – Imagery from domestic life in the Confessio – Antithetical themes in the Confessio – The matrix of our Irish Christian heritage – The precious life-blood of a master-spirit — Patrick, the pilgrim apostle of Ireland.
[The text of St. Patrick’s writings] The plan of the Confessio – Latin text of Confessio – with English version – Biblical references in the Confessio –Plan of Epistola to Coroticus – Latin text of Epistola – with English version – Biblical references in the Epistola – Biblical abbreviations – Bibliographical abbreviations – Appendix: Biblical references to dreams – Select bibliography – Index of names and places.

WW Connection #1: The author is a Presentation Sister (Sister Declan), who taught for several years in Baltinglass Post-Primary School.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Read the introductory chapters of this book via the Publisher’s website:  http://www.veritasbooksonline.com/

Extra #4: Read St. Patrick’s own words via the website: http://www.confessio.ie/#

Households in Kilranelagh Parish in middle of 19th century

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Full title: Parish of Kilranelagh

Creator / Author: Richard Griffith

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / eDoc / 6p

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 Kilranelagh, part of the area covered by the Poor Law Union of Baltinglass in West Wicklow.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Ballinroan Lower — Ballinroan Upper — Barraderry East — Barraderry North — Barraderry West — Boleycarrigeen — Brockna — Cloughnagaune — Colvinstown Lower — Colvinstown Upper — Downings — Englishtown — Fortgranite — Keadeen — Killalish Lower — Killalish Upper — Kilranelagh — Newtown — Talbotstown Lower — Talbotstown Upper.

Extra #1: Read the entries for  GV Kilranelagh 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

Social Welfare in the 19th Century

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Full title: The Poor Law in County Carlow

Creator / Author: Eva Ó Cathaoir

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 59p

When Published: 2008

Publisher / Place of Publication: Geography Publications / 24 Kennington Road, Templeogue, Dublin 6W.

Parent Publication [book]: Carlow: history & society. Interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish county / edited by Thomas McGrath / 1070pp

About: In 1838 the Poor Law was brought in to set up a system of administration for providing assistance to the many destitute people in Ireland. Over a hundred and sixty Poor Law districts or unions were established. A tax was levied on ratepayers to fund this relief measure thus making it a forerunner of our modern social welfare system. This book chapter deals with how the system operated within County Carlow and parts of West Wicklow.

ID number(s): 9780906602386

Contents: Social conditions in pre-Famine Carlow –Workhouses: Administration – Boards of guardians and staff – Inmates – Women inmates – Nightlodgers – Life in the workhouse — Work, education and training – Religion — The Famine – Diet — Number of inmates – Outdoor relief – Workhouse administration during the Famine – Famine-related illness in the Carlow workhouses – Emigration – Outdoor relief and population trends – Health care in the post-Famine period – Child care – The legacy of the Poor Law – Acknowledgements — References.

WW Connection #1: The Poor Law Unions of Baltinglass and Shillelagh were responsible for parts of Carlow and much information about them is included in this article.

Extra #1: Includes 31 tables of data.

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 Publisher’s website:  http://www.geographypublications.com/

Counting the Faithful on Both Sides

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Full title: Three Eighteenth-Century Surveys of County Wicklow

Creator / Author: Brian F. Gurrin

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 55pp

Journal Information: Analecta Hibernica, No. 39, pp. 79-134

When Published: 2006

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Irish Manuscripts Commission Ltd. / 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

About: A major article which looks at 3 different surveys which were carried out in County Wicklow in the eighteenth-century. The author explains the historical background and the political reasons for the surveys which mainly tried to tally the numbers of Protestants and Catholics in the county. Most of the information that was collected no longer survives, but the author includes whatever names, numbers and other details that are still available to us. The area covered by Aghowle Union is specially well served in this regard, but there is also information on several other locations in West Wicklow which will be of interest. This is
particularly true of the Hibernian Society surveys which are more gazetteer than census.

ID number(s): None

Contents: [Text] Introduction — The Censuses of 1732 and 1766 — The Hibernia Society Survey of County Wicklow — Acknowledgements – [Data] Survey 1: The 1732 Religious Census. Number of Protestant and Papist Families in each Barony — Survey 2: The 1766 Religious Census. Summary figures. Detailed data. – Survey 3: The Hibernian Society Surveys of County Wicklow. The First survey. The Second survey. The Leinster survey –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.

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