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West Wicklow’s Only Tramway

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Full title: The Dublin and Blessington Steam Tramway

Creator / Author: H. Fayle and A.T. Newham

Item Type / Page count: Book / 32pp

When Published: 1963 (reprinted in 1980)

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Oakwood Press / Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, Surrey, England

About: The history of the Dublin-Blessington Tramway as told by two eminent railway enthusiasts and published as Number 20 in a series of ‘Locomotion Papers’. This must be regarded as the definitive history of the line as the authors have written extensively on the whole subject of railways in Ireland.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Preface – Chapter I – Chapter II: Rolling Stock – Chapter III: Description of the Line – Chapter IV: The 1911 Scheme – Chapter V: General Matters – Chapter VI: Anecdotes – Chapter VII: The Closing Years.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Includes eight pages of photographs and a map.

Extra #4: Allied Irish Banks sponsored a reprint of this book in 1980. This celebrated the opening of a new AIB branch in Blessington.

The Works of Caitlín Maude (1)

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Full title: Caitlín Maude: drámaíocht agus prós

Creator / Author: Caitlín Maude, edited by Ciarán Ó Coigligh

Item Type / Page count: Book / 102p

When Published: 1988

Publisher / Place of Publication: Coiscéim / 127 Bóthar na Trá, Baile Átha Cliath 4.

About: This is a collection of the plays and prose of the Irish-language writer, Caitlín Maude (1941-1982). She was also a teacher, poet, actress and singer. She died from cancer at the relatively young age of 41, and has left a small but significant artistic legacy. A primary school in Tallaght, Dublin is named after her.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Réamhrá – An Lasair Choille [play] – An Bhreág – Snas agus Éascaíocht – Ciseán Nó Dhó – Tost Dátheangach – An Bunnán Buí – Tiarnaí Talún na Cathrach – Duais-Aistí 1972 – Cuairt ar an mBriotáin – Comhluadar Gaelach – Cén Bóthar? – Margadh na Saoire – Malairt Saoil – Dátheangachas agus Ilteangachas sna Tíortha Ceilteacha – Trá nó Tuile – An tSíceolaíocht agus an Pholaitíocht – An Dá Thrá – Toghadh an dá Dhíogha – Madraí an Bhaile – Glaoch ó Dhia – An Mháthairab [play] – Tigh Nábla – Luaithe – Aguisín: Rún – Fliuchann an braon mé – Clár Saothair Drámaíochta agus Próis – Innéacs.

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

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Link to an Irish-language biographical essay on Caitlín Maude via website ainm.ie.

Constable Commits Murder in Dunlavin

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Full title: Running with crows: the life and death of a Black and Tan [a novel]

Creator / Author: DJ Kelly

Item Type / Page count: Book / 284p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: FeedARead Publishing / United Kingdom

About: This novel is based on a real life person, Constable William Mitchell. He was the only member of the British Crown Forces to be sentenced to death for murder during the War of Independence in Ireland. In this book, the author explores the scenarios around the murder incident and the politics of the era which made Mitchell’s 1921 execution an inevitability.

ID number(s): 9781782991861

Chapters: Foreword – Acknowledgements – The Joy – Monto – Wild Irish Rose – Bermondsey Days – The Mutton Lancers – The Dog and the Rabbit — Mutton Curry – Mutton Chops – The Somme – Rouenation – Alice – The Wicklow Warriors – A Dead Man’s Hat – The Second Man – As the Crow Flies – Epilogue.

WW Connection #1: William Mitchell was a temporary constable in the RIC and stationed in Dunlavin in West Wicklow. He was convicted of the murder of local magistrate, Robert Dixon of Milltown, Dunlavin.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “The sorry ruins of Dublin’s elegant Custom House smouldered still on the quayside, yet the black waters of the Liffey lapped by unconcernedly. The sun was rising and wary citizens began to appear and go about their business as best they could on an otherwise pleasant June morning….”

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Contains four black & white photographs.

Extra #4: Read a review of this book via the blogs The Irish Story and An Irish Village

Extra #5: Link to the author’s website and blog

Extra #6: Browse the 1911 Census entry for Robert Dixon in Dunlavin.

Tithes Payable by Donaghmore Folk from 1826

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Full title: Townlands in Donaghmore (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 July 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:  Ballinabarny – Ballinard – Ballinclea — Ballineddan Mountain – Ballineddan — Ballintruer — Ballintruer More – Ballyhubbock – Ballyreask – Ballytoole — Ballytoole Upper – Ballyvoghan – Ballyvraghan – Ballinfoyle – Brittas – Brusselstown – Bushfield – Camara – Cannow – Castleruddery – Castlesallagh – Clonshannon – Clorna – Coan – Colliga – Coolamaddra – Coolmoney – Davidstown – Derrynamuck – Donaghmore – Drumreagh – Eadestown – Gibstown – Kelshamore – Kilbreffy – Killybeg – Knockaderry – Knockandarragh – Knocknamunnion – Knockanarrigan – Monroe – Moorspark – Rostyduff – Seskin — Seskin Curragh – Snugborough — Snugborough Moat – Spinans — Sranahely Mountain – Stranahely – Tinnehinch – Whitestown – Randalstown — Raheen.

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

Fifth Baltinglass Parish Review

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Full title: The Review 2008: 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…et al.

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 68pp

When Published: 2008

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

About: This is the fifth 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 / Mary Hanlon – Thanks to One and All / Fr. Pádraig Shelley – Baltinglass Youth Club – ‘Young at Heart’ in Baltinglass Hospital – Baltinglass Golf Club wins Brennan Cup – Baltinglass Ladies G.A.A. Club 2008 – Rugby in Baltinglass Over the Years / Tommy Doyle – Rugby in Scoil Chonglais / Ciaran Keegan – Murray’s Shop – Report on Allen Cup Winning Team Dec. 2007 – A Visit From Uganda / Fr. John Tumuhairwe – The Curtis Cup / Mai Quaid — Grangecon Boxing Club – From the New Priest / Fr. Sean Maher — St. Joseph’s Parish – Present and Future — Report on U14 Football Final 27/9/08 in Arklow – Baltinglass Win School Title – National Community Games Finals 2008 – Organic Gardening / Jim O’Toole — Scoil Chonglais Review of the Year – Parish Pilgrimage to Rome / Ina O’Keeffe — Tearmann Community Garden Baltinglass — Baltinglass & District Active Retirement Association – Autumn Memories / Sister Josepha O’Donnell — Baptisms in St. Joseph’s Parish from 1st October 2007 to 30th September 2008 — Baltinglass & District Country Markets Ltd. – Photo Gallery – Grangecon National School 1947 [photograph] – Baltinglass Gets Fairtrade Status — Baltinglass Golf Club 1928-2008 / Mai Quaid – Baltinglass Parish Folk Group – 30th Anniversary of the Church of St. Oliver Plunkett / Grange Con Liturgy Group – Baltinglass / Rathvilly Macra na Feirme Reunion / P.J. Hanlon & John Kehoe & David Leigh — Weddings in St. Joseph’s Parish from 1st October 2007 to 30th September 2008 – Elizabeth Nolan – Mary Cronin (nee Doheny), Teacher Bigstone National School: an appreciation — Weddings in St. Joseph’s Parish 2008 [Photographs] – There & Back Again / Mary Powell – Kilranelagh Graveyard / F.P. Hunt – Full Speed Ahead – Richard Crosbie – The Einstein Puzzle — Stratford/Grangecon GAA – Deaths in the Parish from 1st October 2007 to 30th September 2008 – Article from the Past: Stratford-on-Slaney Tidy Towns Success 1979 – Stratford-on-Slaney / Tony Graham – Old Adds[sic] 1937-1948 – World Youth Day / Fr. Pat Hughes — Baltinglass Community Park / Lisa J. MacGabhann & Roisin Byrne – Past and Present [poem] / Kathleen Fleming – The Old Football Field (Paul Kehoe’s Field) / F.P. Hunt – A Christmas Memory / Mary Ryder – Baltinglass GAA Club — Holy Communion / Confirmation Classes 2008 [photographs] – Childrens Section – Michael Dowling / Michael Dowling.

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

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Leadership with Conscience

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Full title: Spirituality of Leadership: inspiration, empowerment, intuition and discernment

Creator / Author: Donal Dorr

Item Type / Page count: Book / 176p /171p

When Published: 2006 (1st ed.) / 2006 (American ed.)

Publisher / Place of Publication (Irish edition): The Columba Press / 55A Spruce Avenue, Stillorgan Industrial Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

Publisher / Place of Publication (USA edition): Liturgical Press / 2950 Saint John’s Road PO Box 7500, Collegeville, MN 56321-7500, USA

About: This book is mainly aimed at those in positions of leadership in voluntary organisations, non-governmental bodies or religious groups. It argues that those staff should become exemplars of how to exercise leadership humanely, while still being effective at all levels.

ID number(s): 1856075273 / 0814631827 / 9780814631829

Chapters: Introduction — Biblical aspects — The Christian tradition — Authority and leadership since Vatican II — Political and psychological thinking — The limits of democracy — Leadership in management theory — Four kinds of leader — Styles of leadership — Vision and call — Some practical aspects of leadership — Personal discernment and decision making — Intuition as a basis for discernment — Communal discernment and decision making — Appendix: ‘Consolation without cause’ – Bibliography – Index.

WW Connection #1: The author, Fr. Donal Dorr, is a member of St. Patrick’s Missionary Society (Kiltegan Fathers).

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication (USA ed.) in libraries worldwide.

Extra #4: This book was published in America under the title ‘Faith at Work: A Spirituality of Leadership


From Dublin Castle to Glenmalure in 1592

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Full title: Kidnap and Jailbreak: Red Hugh O’Donnell (1587-92)

Creator / Author: Dermot Somers

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 33p

When Published: 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: The O’Brien Press Ltd. / 20 Victoria Road, Dublin 6.

Parent Publication [book]: Endurance: heroic journeys in Ireland / by Dermot Somers / 255pp

About: This is the first chapter in a book which describes seven dramatic journeys taken from Irish history and mythology. In this chapter the author utilises his knowledge of mountaineering and of the outdoors to pen what could be called the definitive account of the actual flight of Red Hugh O’Donnell and Art O’Neill through the Wicklow Hills to get to Glenmalure. In 1592, they had just escaped from Dublin Castle and were planning to join up with Fiach MacHugh O’Byrne. The escape and flight is commemorated in an annual ‘Art O’Neill Walk’ / ‘Art O’Neill Challenge’, which starts at Dublin Castle and ends in Glenmalure.

ID number(s): 9780862787974 / 0862787971

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Includes two maps and some colour photographs.

Extra #4: Link to the Author’s website.

Extra #5: Link to the Publisher’s website.

Extra #6: Link to the Art O’Neill Challenge website.

The Garden of Ireland’s Top Gardens

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Full title: The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland

Creator / Author: Shirley Lanigan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 275pp

When Published: 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: Liberties Press / Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylor’s Lane, Dublin 8

About: This is the author’s personal selection of the 100 Best Gardens in Ireland. Of this 100, seven are located in County Wicklow and 3 of those are in West Wicklow. Apart from multi-page descriptions of the gardens, useful information on directions, opening hours, facilities etc. is included. Overall, this is a lovely guidebook for tourists and green-fingered natives alike. Gardens in West Wicklow that are described are (1) June Blake’s Garden, Tinode, (2) Hunting Brook Gardens, Lamb Hill, Blessington and (3) Patthana Garden, Kiltegan Village.

ID number(s): 9781907593161

Contents: Introduction – Leinster – Munster – Connaught – Ulster – Acknowledgements.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Contains numerous colour photographs.

Extra #4: Link to the Publisher’s website.

Extra #5: Also available in a compact edition: The Pocket Guide to the 100 Best Gardens in Ireland

Kennys, Kennystown and Kilcavan

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Full title: Nineteenth century Kilcavan, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Joseph A. Kenny

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 8p

Journal Information: Journal of the Genealogical Society of Ireland, Volume 13, pp74-81

When Published: 2012

Publisher / Place of Publication: Genealogical Society of Ireland / Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

About: The author, who lives in Omaha, Nebraska, USA, gives us here a brief history of Kilcavan. This is followed by the names of local people who, in 1827, had a Kenny connection. The final four pages of the article provide a list of the children who were baptised, (together with parents’ names) in the area during the period 1832-55.

ID number(s):1393-936X

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Browse Genealogical Society of Ireland publications online (including the journal issue containing this article) via ISSUU. [Personal registration / conditions may apply].

Extra #4: Link to the website of the Genealogical Society of Ireland

Extra #5: A version of this article is available online at: http://kennytree.com/Irish/Kilcavan%2019th%20century.htm

A Millennium and a Half of Tullow History

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Full title: Tullow – from Medieval Manor to Market Town

Creator / Author: Margaret Murphy

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 23pp

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: A history of Tullow in County Carlow from around the fifth century to beginning of the nineteenth century. In particular the article describes how Tullow survived the transition from a medieval manor to a thriving market town. The author cites the resilience of its people (both native and settler) as the defining characteristic of this period of its history.

ID number(s): 9780906602386

Contents Introduction – Before the Anglo-Normans – After the conquest – The castle and town – Parish church and friary – Mills and weirs – Demesne lands – Tenants — The fourteenth to sixteenth centuries – The post-medieval period — Conclusions – Acknowledgements – Appendix 1: Account of Walter Miller of the ward of Tullow from Tuesday after Michaelmas in the 13th year of King Edward to Michaelmas in the 14th year of King Edward that is for three terms [1265-6] — References.

WW Connection #1: The Manor of Tullow would have extended into parts of West Wicklow such as the areas around Rathgall and Aghowle.

WW Connection #2: The author is a native of Baltinglass.

Extra #1: Includes three maps and two other illustrations.

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/

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