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Tithes Payable by Tober Folk from 1825




Full title: Townlands in Tober (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 May 2015.

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:  Friarhill – Manofwar – Monavogue — Quarries — Sandyhills – Tober.

Extra #1: Browse the Tithe Applotment Book(s) for Tober 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.

Fourth Baltinglass Parish Review

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Full title: The Review 2007: a year in the life of Baltinglass, Bigstone, Grangecon and Stratford.

Creator / Author: Compiled by the Communications Sub-Group of St. Joseph’s Parish Pastoral Council, Editorial Board: Paula Burke, Margaret Brennan, Bernie Doogue…and others.

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 60pp

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: St. Joseph’s Parish Baltinglass / Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow.

About: This is the fourth issue of an annual publication. Within its A4-sized format, it chronicles activities in the parish during the year, publishes short articles of general or historical interest and includes photographs past and present. Contemporary advertisements help to provide a snapshot of local economic activity.

ID number(s): None

Contents: A Word from the Parish Priest / Tommy Dillon – Foreword / Assumpta O’Neill – 50th Golden Wedding Anniversary – A Letter to a Bank Manager – A Beautiful Day in May / Matt Thompson – Michael Dowling – Highlights from the year 2007 in Baltinglass Hospital — Baltinglass Ladies GAA Club / Damien Patterson – Baltinglass Scout Group / Nellie Barrett – Only Memories Sport and Recreation / Sean O’Toole – Baltinglass Town Boys – The Debating Society / Ciaran Keegan – Mick O’Dwyer / Martin Coleman – Tommy Murphy Cup / Martin Coleman – Pinnacle Baltinglass Hill / Tommy Doyle – My School Days as Recalled / by Tommy O’Connor – Success for Scoil Chonglais Students in BT Young Scientists 2007 – Baltinglass Boys Now Resident in Las Vegas – Our First Radio / Tony Leigh – ‘You’re a Star’ came to Baltinglass Day Care Centre this May for the Bealtine Festival 2007 – Tearmann Community Organic Garden and Wild Life Area / Sister Mary Carmody – Scoil Naomh Iosaf / Eimer Burke – Baltinglass Women’s Group – Photo Gallery – Sallins/Tullow Railway Branch / Matt Thompson – Greetings — Baltinglass & District Active Retirement Association / Mary Vernon – School Days on Chapel Hill / Phyllis Flanagan – Young Art Students – Baltinglass GAA Club: summary of all activities during 2007 – Baltinglass Football Players 1950 [photograph] – Weddings in St. Joseph’s Parish 2007 [photographs] — Stratford/Grangecon GAA – The Ambulance Driver / Bobby Lennon – My Trip to Uganda / Eilish McDonald – Very Rev. Fr. PJ McDonnell – an appreciation / F. P. Hunt – The Post Office – What’s in a Name? / Mary Ryder – A Snapshot of Life and Working in Africa / Mairead Petersen – Grange Con Boxing Hall – Bigstone – St. Mary’s Folk Group Stratford / Brigid Bollard – A Message from Afar / Mike Murphy – Holy Communion 2007 [photographs] – Confirmation Classes 2007 [photographs] – Baptisms in St. Joseph’s Parish from 1st September 2006 to 30th September 2007 — Weddings in St. Joseph’s Parish from 1st September 2006 to 30th September 2007 — Deaths in St. Joseph’s Parish from 1st September 2006 to 30th September 2007 — Kid’s Page – My First School / Seamie Donohue – Baltinglass Youth Club – Competition for the Cover 2007 – Baltinglass Citizens Information.

Extra #1: Contains five full pages of photographs, not counting pictures included in individual articles.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

A Fair Old Time!

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Full title: The Humours of Donnybrook: Dublin’s famous fair and its suppression

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book / 56p

When Published: 1995

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Academic Press Ltd. / Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

About: This is book Number 4 in the series ‘Maynooth Studies in Local History’. The series presents outputs arising from the M.A. Programme in Local History at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. This particular volume tells the story of the Fair at Donnybrook which officially occurred for more than half a century and may even its origins in pre-Christian times. It was certainly part of a wider European culture of carnival or celebration. Unfortunately the authorities saw fit to abolish it in 1855 as a consequence of what would be known today as ‘anti-social behaviour’. Indeed the word ‘donnybrook’ has entered the Oxford English Dictionary to mean “a scene of uproar and disorder’.

ID number(s): 0716525690

Chapters: Maynooth Studies in Local History — Preface — Introduction and Historical Background — The World of Carnival — Lent Victorious — Notes.

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

Extra #1: includes four illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

No Sound Like the Hollywood Sound

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Full title: Holly Wood

Creator / Author: The Voice Squad

Item Type / Count: Music CD / 13 tracks

When Published: 1988 (re-issued in 1991)

Publisher / Place of Publication: Tara Music Company / Basement, 18 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2.

About: St. Kevin’s Church in Hollywood in West Wicklow is over 1000 years old and was used as a venue for the ‘Music Under the Mountains Festival’ in 1991. The Voice Squad sang there and found the natural sound quality of the church to be the best they had ever come across. They returned  later and recorded most of this disc there. The Voice Squad are a three-piece vocal group who sing ballads unaccompanied in the old traditional manner.

ID number(s): TARACD 4013

Contents [Track listing]: The Coventry Carol — The Cocks are Crowing – The Sheepstealers — A Stor Mo Chroí — Jimmy Murphy — I am Stretched on your Grave — Good People All (Wexford Carol) — The Brown and The Yellow Ale — Sarah Jane — Down in Yon Forest — A Fond Kiss — Annan Waters — The Parting Glass.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this recording.

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

Extra #3: Link to additional information and audio samples via the Tara Music website

Some of our Folk and Fairy Tales

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Full title: Wicklow Folk Tales

Creator / Author: Brendan Nolan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 191pp

When Published: August 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: The History Press / 50 City Quay, Dublin 2

About: The author of this selection of tales is a professional storyteller. Here he presents stories of myth, magic, the supernatural and the all too natural from every corner of our county. West Wicklow is well represented with more than half of the content associated with locations on this side of the county. Most of these stories spring from the oral tradition that prevailed before the arrival of electricity.

ID number(s): 9781845887858

Contents: Acknowledgements – Introduction – An Army of Stones – A Hand in the Night – The Resurrection of Sean – The Travels of Davy – Not Gone and Not Forgotten – A Shower of Stones – Moving About – Wise Man Paddy Stevens – Warring Spirits – Taken by the Fairies – A Fleeting Bird – The Long walk to Crois Úna – Milk Profit – A Cure for Baldness – Now You See It, Now You Don’t – Shriven Souls – Wicklow Foxes – Of Water and Stone – Féar Gortach – Derrybawn Cow – Bedding St. Kevin – Dargle Lovers – The Devil is in the Glen – Bray Smugglers – Gold-Mine Mountain – Priest Hunters – Hempenstall Military Road – Wicklow Avalanche – Glencree – Surviving the Snow Storm – Tall Tales.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Link to the Publisher’s website.

Extra #4: Link to the author’s website and blog.

A Little Bit of Blessington in New York

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Full title: A Sculpture by John B. Flannagan

Creator / Author: Preston Remington

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 1p

Journal Information: Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Volume 36 Number 4, p101

When Published: April 1941

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Metropolitan Museum of Art / 1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street), New York, NY 10028, USA

About: This is a short piece contained within a 3-page ‘Notes’ feature. It provides some details on a sculpture by the American artist, John Bernard Flannagan (1895-1942) which had recently been acquired by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Entitled ‘Figure of Dignity’, it is a representation of an Irish mountain goat “carved in Blessington granite” while the artist was in Ireland in 1932.

ID number(s): 0026-1521

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.

Extra #4: Includes a black and white photograph of the sculpture.

Extra #5: View images of the artwork and additional information, including its exhibition history, via the Metropolitan Museum of Art website

Brief Irish Lives (4) – Caitlín Maude (1941-1982)

© Fiontar




Full title: Beathaisnéis (Volumes 1-9)

Creator / Author: Diarmuid Breathnach & Máire Ní Mhurchú

Item Type / Page count [1]: Book Series / Various pagings

Item Type / Page count [2]: Website / Publicly accessible

When Published: [1] Book Series 1986-2003 / [2] Website 2011-

Publisher / Place of Publication [1]: An Clóchomhar / Dublin.

Publisher / Place of Publication [2]: Fiontar / Olscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath, Baile Atha Cliath / Dublin City University, Dublin.

About: The Beathaisnéis Series comprises nine volumes of short Irish-language essays on the lives of important and not-so-important Irish-speaking men and women. There are over 1,700 people featured from 1560 to the present and we will revisit this excellent series to highlight other Irish speakers who have a connection to West Wicklow. The text of all 9 volumes has now been digitised and published as a fully-searchable database on the website Ainm.ie

This blog entry refers to Caitlín Maude who was born in Casla (Costelloe) in the Galway Gaeltacht in 1941. Caitlín was a multi-talented individual. Her profession was as a teacher but she was also a dramatist, poet, actress, singer and musician. She died from cancer at the relatively young age of 41, and has left a small but significant artistic legacy.

ID number(s): 0953294730 / 9780903758765 / 0903758652 / 0903758830 / 0903758768 / 9780903758550

WW Connection #1: Caitlín Maude spent some time as a teacher in Carnew in South West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Link to the biographical essay on Caitlín Maude via ainm.ie.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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