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Russborough Through the Years

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Full title: The Story of Russborough House

Creator / Author: Valerie Ryan

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 42p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Prince Publications / [Main Street, Naas, Co. Kildare]

About: This is a compact publication which packs a lot of information into its 42 pages. It chronicles the major events associated with the house from its foundation in the 18th century up until 1974. In addition, a complete list is provided of the owners and heirs of Russborough House throughout the years. Overall, it is an easy to read introduction to West Wicklow’s finest house.

ID number(s): 9780992652708

Contents: Introduction – Before Russborough – [1741] The story of Russborough begins – Russellstown – [1744] Paintings and furniture from Europe – [1750] Art and portraits from the Second Grand Tour – Four new paintings – Grand Kildare friends pay a Spring visit to Russborough’s waterfall – [1763] Joseph Leeson becomes the Earl of Milltown – [1798] The Rebellion and Russborough House – [1814] Russborough House had never been seen in better condition – A grandson becomes the Fourth Earl of Milltown – [1765] Wedding in the Music Room – [1861] The Prince of Wales pays a visit – A wedding before Christmas – [1871] The winds of change at Russborough – [1906] – The National Gallery of Ireland extended to house the contents of Russborough House – [1914] An inquest at Russborough – Paintings returned on loan to Russborough House – [1930] A gift for the new Irish State? – [1931] A home from home for the Daly Family – [1934] A Hunt Ball at Russborough – [1946] Daily life at Russborough in the 1940’s – Who was going to buy Russborough House? – [1952] A proposal under the Portrait of a Woman in a Black Dress – [1957] A Christmas Party at Russborough – [1974] A second gift to the State – Acknowledgements – Sources – At a glance-the owners and heirs through the years.

Extra #1: includes several photographs and illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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A Novel Take on Family History

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Full title: A Journey in Time [a novel]

Creator / Author: Maureen Francis Doyle

Item Type / Page count: Book / 387p [also available as an e-book]

When Published: 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: Outskirts Press Inc. / 10940 S. Parker Rd., 515 Parker, Colorado 80134, U.S.A.

About: This is a novel of Ireland, of famine, of emigration and of new lives forged in foreign lands. Using her personal family history and scaffolding the narrative with actual historical events the author, Maureen Francis Doyle, has created an utterly believable story. Her great grandfather, John Doyle, left Ireland in 1848, never to return. This book is one imagined scenario of his subsequent experiences. Numerous descendants of the Irish diaspora could have a similar story to tell, but it is doubtful if many could render it so skilfully and in such compelling fashion.

ID number(s): 9781478758709

Chapters: [Part I] A Note Before You Begin the Journey – Wicklow, Ireland – Thomas and Winfred – Samuel and Charlotte Castleford & The Lord Fitzpatrick Estate – Typhoid Fever – Time to Leave Ireland – The Shillelagh Workhouse – Probationary Ward and Employment — Journey to the Ship. [Part II] Sailing to America – Liverpool – Life at Sea – Quebec – The Orphan House – The Journey Continues – Kingston. [Part III] Arrival – The Farm – Potash and Settling in – Challenges – The Auction – The Family Arrives – A New Life – Grand Trunk Railroad & the First Real Christmas — The Wedding – A New Family and War – Newburgh Academy – William – The Keilty Saloon – The Boxing Match / William’s Departure – Joseph and Mary Francis – John – A Note on History by Jim Rees.

WW Connection #1: The family of the real-life John Doyle lived in the Coolkenno / Shillelagh area of in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “There is nothing colder than an Irish winter. John stood in the frigid air pulling his thin coat around him feeling the cold seep through the cloth….”

Extra #2: Link to the author’s website and blog.

Extra #3: Link to the Publisher’s website

Extra #4: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #5: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Hat-Tip: To the author, Maureen Francis Doyle, for making the book available for viewing prior to listing on this blog.

19th-Century Catholic Ancestors from Blackditches Parish

Full title: Blackditches, Archdiocese of Dublin, County of Wicklow

Creator / Author: The National Library of Ireland

Item Type: Website / Publicly Accessible

Homepage URL: http://registers.nli.ie/

When Viewed: Contents described are those showing when viewed in October 2015.

Publisher / Place of Publication: National Library of Ireland / Kildare Street, Dublin 8.

About: The National Library of Ireland holds microfilm copies of over 3500 church registers from parishes in Ireland. The library has now digitised these registers as images which provide records of baptisms and marriages from the majority of Catholic parishes in Ireland and Northern Ireland up to around 1880. The available registers are not searchable by individual’s names. Instead, they are browseable by diocese, parish and date, searchable by parish and it is possible to zoom from a country map to parish level. This blog entry relates to the parish of Blackditches in West Wicklow.

Contents:  These registers cover baptisms and marriages from 1810 to 1881. Dates are indicative only and coverage may be incomplete. Please refer to the NLI site for specific coverage.

Extra #1: Browse the Catholic Parish Registers for Blackditches Parish

Hat-Tip: To The National Library of Ireland who have arranged for the digitisation of these records and their free accessibility online.

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