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Full title: God’s entrepreneurs: how Irish missionaries tried to change the world

Creator / Author: Joe Humphreys, with additional reporting by Ruadhán MacCormaic, Sarah MacDonald and Brian O’Connell

Item Type / Page count: Book / 237p

When Published: 2010

Publisher / Place of Publication: New Island / 2 Brookside, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14.

About: This book examines what is called the Irish Missionary Movement. With a starting point of around 1916, it looks at the place of Irish Catholic Missions throughout the world and also highlights the individual contributions and motivations of specific missionaries. It is a reminder of the huge impact that Irish missionaries, both male and female, have had on the international stage.

ID number(s): 9781848400764

Chapters: Acknowledgements – Preface – Introduction – The Other Rising – New Leaders – The Recruitment Drive – From Sacramental to Social Work – Rebels and Revolutionaries – Missionaries Today-Where do They Belong? – Evaluating the Work, Assessing the Legacy – Ideology-the Missionary Position — Conclusion: the Future — Bibliography — Notes — Index.

WW Connection #1: The book contains several references to the St. Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers) and to specific Kiltegan missionaries.

Extra #1: includes 8 pages of photographs.

Extra #2 Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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Following the Pilgrims’ Progress (2)

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Full title: St. Kevin’s Way, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: John G. O’Dwyer

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 7p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Collins Press / West Link Park, Doughcloyne, Wilton, Cork.

Parent Publication [book]: Pilgrim paths in Ireland: from Slieve Mish to Skellig Michael: a guide / by John G. O’Dwyer / 122pp

About: This is Chapter 9 of 15 chapters, each detailing the author’s impression of an important ancient pilgrim route in Ireland. In this instance, he travels along St. Kevin’s Way from Hollywood to Glendalough. He is not greatly enamoured of the layout of the path, especially on the Hollywood side. However, the final destination at Glendalough more than compensates for earlier inconveniences. This walk, just like all others in the book, has directions, the degree of difficulty and estimated time.

ID number(s): 9781848891715

Extra #1: Includes map of the route and two photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Baltinglass Detective in the Big Apple

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Full title: The City of Strangers [a novel]

Creator / Author: Michael Russell

Item Type / Page count: Book / 486p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Avon / 77-85 Fulham Place Road, London W6 8JB.

About: Another adventure for the West Wicklow based detective, Garda Sergeant Stefan Gillespie. A suspected murderer of a woman in Dublin becomes a fugitive and our hero is sent to New York to bring him back to face justice. However, that is just the start of the story and when Stefan bumps into an old friend in New York, things take a more complicated turn.

ID number(s): 9781847563477

WW Connection #1: The hometown of the main character is given as Baltinglass.

WW Connection #2: The author is a resident of the Baltinglass / Kiltegan area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “The storm did not come suddenly. All day the wind from the Atlantic has blown hard and cold and fast against Pallas Strand…”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Read a review courtesy of writing.ie

Extra #5: Visit the Author’s Website

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