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A Little Miscellany of Things and Times Past #2

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Full title: West County Wicklow Notes

Creator / Author: C. M. Drury

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 7p

Journal Information: Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society, Vol. V, No. 8, pp. 325-331

When Published: January 1908

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

About:   The author provides another miscellaneous collection of observations and information about areas in West Wicklow and East Carlow ranging from Baltinglass to Rathvilly to Tullow, Clonmore, Hacketstown and Kiltegan.

ID number(s): 0332-0782

Extra #1: includes small illustrations of the gateway at Fortgranite and the bridge at Rathvilly.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Browse the 1901 Census entry for the author of this article.

Extra #5: Browse the 1911 Census entry for the author of this article.

Extra #6: Visit the County Kildare Archaeology Society website.

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Book Written About Man From Stratford on Slaney

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Full title: The Reminiscences of John Montgomery

Creator / Author: by John Montgomery (edited by A. Giffard)

Item Type / Page count: Book / 202p

When Published: 1981

Publisher / Place of Publication: A.A. Balkema (for Rhodes University Grahamstown) / Cape Town, South Africa

About: A recent internet searcher looking for ‘book written about man from Stratford on Slaney Co Wicklow’ visited our blog. We are presuming that the book in question is this one. John Montgomery came from Stratford and, while barely 17 years old, joined a party of Irish settlers who arrived in South Africa in May 1820. His was an adventurous life and these reminiscences cover 50 years of spectacular ups and downs.

ID number(s): 0869611240

Contents: Introduction: John Montgomery’s life and writings – Boyhood in Ireland – The voyage to the Cape – My first impressions – The Albany settlement – Graaff-Reinet and Craddock – My first trading trips – Frontier adventures – Trekking with the Boers – The founding of Burghersdorp – War with the Basuto – Trading in the Transvaal – The British Settlers’ Jubilee – Appendices: 1. Why Mr. J. Montomery ‘Threw up the Touw’ – 2. In memoriam John Montgomery – 3. Obituary of Mrs. J. Montgomery – 4. Montgomery children – 5. Viljoen’s hunting trip – 6. Story of Z. Wright.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Contains twenty-one full-page illustrations, drawings and photographs.

A Teenage Summer (as Gaeilge)

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Full title: Samhradh Samhradh [a novel]

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book / 160p

When Published: 1983

Publisher / Place of Publication: Pangar Dubh / 463 Páirc Orwell, Teach Mealóg, Baile Átha Cliath 12

About: A novel for teenagers, written in the Irish language. The principal character goes to see the Rolling Stones in concert at Slane, but doesn’t return home. Instead an adventure is undertaken not only throughout Ireland but through time as well. A musical theme runs through the book.

ID number(s): None

WW Connection #1: The author is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: “Feach an héileacaptar!” arsa an síobshiúlai, ag síneadh a mhéire ar an spota glioscarnach sa speir thoir…

Extra #2: This book won a prize in Comórtas an Oireachtais 1983.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Railroad to Blessington

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Full title: The Dublin and Blessington Steam Tram: a Pictorial and Social History.

Creator / Author: by Aidan Cruise (edited by Jim Corley)

Item Type / Page count: Book / 96p

When Published: 2009

Publisher / Place of Publication: South Dublin Libraries / Local Studies Section, County Library, Town Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

About: A popular history of the Dublin to Blessington Tram told more in pictures than words. About two-thirds of the book is made up of historical photographs and illustrations which are shown to very good effect on the glossy paper used in the book’s production.

ID number(s):9780955379871

Contents: Mayor’s introduction – Acknowledgements – Transport in the 19th century – Origins of the Dublin to Blessington Steam Tram – Accidents – Extension to Poulaphuca – Licensing Prosecution – Maintenance of the trams and line – War, rebellion and civil strife – Civil war – St. Brigid’s Sanitorium, Crooksling – Demise of the tram – Memories of the tram – Popular verse and local lore.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Contains photographs, maps and period advertisements.

Census of Donaghmore

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Full title: Townlands / Streets in Donaghmore (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 May 2014.

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

About: The Census returns for the Donaghmore 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: Ballintruer Beg — Ballintruer More — Ballyhubbock Lower — Ballyhubbock Upper — Brusselstown — Castlequarter — Castleruddery Lower — Castleruddery Upper — Castlesallagh — Coolamaddra — Deerpark — Donaghmore — Killybeg — Newtown — Raheen — Randalstown — Whitestown Lower — Whitestown Upper.

Extra #1: Browse the 1901 Census for Donaghmore DED

Extra #2: Browse the 1911 Census for Donaghmore DED

A Century and a Half of Baltinglass History

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Full title: Baltinglass Chronicles 1851-2001

Creator / Author: Paul Gorry

Item Type / Page count: Book / 379p

When Published: 2006

Publisher / Place of Publication: Nonsuch Publishing Limited/ 73 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

About: The Table of Contents of this book doesn’t even begin to offer a hint to the wealth of information contained in it. Apart from a street directory, public transport information and public administration information for each of the chosen years, most of the book is taken up with accounts of events that occurred in the intervening years and helped shape Baltinglass and its immediate hinterland. In particular, the author focuses on the people involved and there is a feeling that you could be reading a newspaper report of something that just happened yesterday. If we ever get the time, we would like to list the entire contents and make them more discoverable.

ID number(s):9781845885069

Contents:About the author – Introduction – Acknowledgements – Baltinglass in 1851 (Administration — Public Transport — Street Directory) – Baltinglass in 1901 (Administration — Public Transport — Street Directory) – Baltinglass in 1951 (Administration — Public Transport — Street Directory) – Baltinglass in 2001 (Administration — Public Transport — Street Directory) – Endnotes.

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Baltinglass.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Contains sixteen pages of photographs and illustrations, including two maps.

Disturbing the Bed of the Bitch

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Full title: The Moylisha Megalith, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Gearóid Ó h-Iceadha

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 10pp text + 2pp photographs

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 76 (3), pp. 119-128

When Published: October 1946

Publisher / Place of Publication: R.S.A.I / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: An account of an excavation of the remains of a burial cairn, known locally as Labbanasigha (meaning the bed of the bitch). This particular type of monument, called a Wedge Tomb or Gallery Grave is not all that common in Ireland. The excavation took place in 1937, the site having already been investigated 60 years earlier. The dating of the site is debatable but the article indicates a range between 2300 and 1000 BC.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes 7 black & white photographs, a plan of the site and illustrations of found material.

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.

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