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Tithes Payable by Boystown Folk from 1834

Full title: Townlands in Boystown (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 June 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: Annacarney – Ballyknockan – Ballinagee – Ballinahown – Ballynastockan – Ballynultagh — Baltyboys Lower — Baltyboys Upper – Bannaught (sic) Bawnoge (?) — Blackditches Lower — Blackditches Upper – Blackmoor — Blackmoor Hill – Carrig – Carrickbrack – Carrigacurra (including Quintagh) – Cross – Garryknock – Glenbride — Granabeg Lower — Granabeg Upper – Humphrystown – Kilbeg — Kilbeg North — Kilbeg South — Knockalt Lower — Knockalt Upper – Cransillagh – Lackan – Monamuck – Quintagh — The Breeches — The Cross – Togher – Tulfarris.

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

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.

Wicklowman Testing Westmeath Waters

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Full title: Coolure Demesne Crannog, Lough Derravaragh: an introduction to its archaeology and landscapes

Creator / Author: Aidan O’Sullivan, Rob Sands, Eamonn P. Kelly and contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 139p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wordwell Ltd. / P.O. Box 69, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

About: This book is the result of a Heritage Council-funded project that was conducted mainly during the summer of 2004. The authors investigated the most prominent crannog or lake dwelling at Lough Derravaragh in County Westmeath and have produced a preliminary but detailed report which describes the site and its artefacts and which places it in both its pre-historic and historic context. It may be of interest to note that Lough Derravaragh is the location of the principal events in the ‘Children of Lir’ saga where the children were condemned to live as swans for 300 years.

ID number(s):9781905569106

Chapters: Preface — Acknowledgements – Introduction — Artefact analysis — Dating frameworks and implications — Palaeoenvironmental studies – An island in time: Coolure Demesne Crannog in context — Summary and prospect — Appendices: A: Description of the 2004 investigations — B: Test-pit context descriptions — C: Palaeoenvironmental assesments — D: Catalogue of finds from Lough Derravaragh in the NMI — E: Catalogue of metal-detected finds recovered in 2004 – Catalogue of crannogs found on Lough Derravaragh – Bibliography – Index.

WW Connection #1: Co-author, Aidan O’Sullivan is a native of Valleymount in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes colour photographs, maps and plans.

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 selected documents]

The Old Pagan’s Grave in South West Wicklow

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Full title: Prehistoric Burial at Rath, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Ellen Prendergast and F. P. Lisowski

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 13pp

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 89 (1), pp. 17-29

When Published: 1959

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

About: While working on a newly-opened sandpit, two local men came upon some large stone slabs about 3 feet below the surface. A pottery vessel was found within the confines of the slabs. Local tradition held that the ‘Old Pagan’s Grave’ was located in the vicinity. The incident was reported to the National Museum and the author of this article visited the site and carried out an archaeological investigation. This article is a detailed account of the structure of the monument and the finds associated with it. An appendix to the article by Lisowski is a scientific report on the cremated bone remains located at the site.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes a plan of the site and illustrations of pottery vessels.

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.

From West Wicklow to New South Wales

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Full title: Upon the Mercy of Government: the story of the surrender, transportation, and imprisonment of Michael Dwyer and his Wicklow comrades, and their subsequent lives in New South Wales

Creator / Author: Kieran Sheedy

Item Type / Page count: Book / 286p

When Published: 1988

Publisher / Place of Publication: Radio Telefís Éireann / Dublin 4.

About: This book looks at the exact circumstances which led to the surrender of Michael Dwyer and his comrades. It examines their imprisonment and transportation to New South Wales. Thereafter it concentrates particularly on the individual career of Michael Dwyer in Australia. Before it was developed into book form, the material used here was broadcast as a three-part radio documentary on RTE Radio 1 in January 1988.

ID number(s):0860290131

Contents: Foreword – List of Illustrations — Part One: Chapter 1 to Chapter 19 – Postscript – Part Two: Chapter 1 to Chapter 11 – Acknowledgements – Select Bibliography – Appendix 1: Ship’s Indent, Tellicherry, August 1805 – Appendix 2: Tellicherry transportees listed in the 1825 General Muster for New South Wales – Appendix 3: 1828 Census: List of surviving Tellicherry transportees – Appendix 4: The family of Michael and Mary Dwyer (nee Doyle) — Appendix 5: The family of Hugh and Sarah Byrne (nee Dwyer) – Index.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Contains several photographs and illustrations.

The Wicklow Weirdstone

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Full title: A Curious Stone

Creator / Author: Martin Reid

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 2pp

Journal Information: Archaeology Ireland, Vol. 24, No. 2, pp. 24-25

When Published: Summer 2010

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

About: A short article describing a small strange palm-sized stone picked up from the shores of Poulaphuca during a period of low water levels. The author calls it the ‘Weirdstone of Wicklow’. Is it carved by a human hand or could it be the actions of the Pooka?  The author is open to all suggestions.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes a full page colour photograph.

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.

Households in Rathtoole Parish in middle of 19th century

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Full title: Parish of Rathtoole

Creator / Author: Richard Griffith

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / eDoc / 2p

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

ID number(s): None

Contents: Ballycore — Rathtoole

Extra #1: Read the entries for  GV Rathtoole Parish (pdf file). The Rathtoole entries are on the bottom half of the first page and on the top half of the second page.

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

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