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Confessions of John Charles McNulty

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Full title: The Temporary Gentleman [a novel]

Creator / Author: Sebastian Barry

Item Type / Page count: Book / 270p

When Published: 2014

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber & Faber Limited / Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DA

About: Jack McNulty, the narrator in this novel, is a Sligo-born, ex-British Army soldier who finds himself in Africa to where he was posted during World War II. It is 1957 and he really wants to return home to Sligo. However, what is it that prevents him from returning? Does the setting down of the story of his somewhat dissolute life allow us to confer some kind of redemption on him?

ID number(s): 9780571276967 / 9780571276998

WW Connection #1: Author has resided in West Wicklow, including the Tinahely area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ‘It’s a beautiful night and no mistake. You would never think there was a war somewhere’…….

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.

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Households in Blessington Parish in middle of 19th century

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Full title: Parish of Blessington

Creator / Author: Richard Griffith

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / eDoc / 11p

When Published: 1853

Publisher / Place of Publication: Alexander Thom and Sons for Her Majesty’s Stationary Office / 87 & 88 Abbey Street, Dublin.

Parent Publication [book]: County of Wicklow: valuation of the several tenements comprising that portion of the Union of Naas situate in the county above named / Richard Griffith, General Valuation Office / 27pp

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 Blessington in West Wicklow, part of the area covered by the Poor Law Union of Naas in Co. Kildare.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Ballydonnell North — Ballydonnell South – Ballylow – Ballynabrocky — Ballynascullogue Lower — Ballynascullogue Upper – Ballynatona — Ballysmuttan Lower — Ballysmuttan Upper — Ballyward – Blackrock – Blessington — Town of Blessington (Main Street) — Town of Blessington (Kilbride Road) — Blessington Demesne – Butterhill – Crosscoolharbour – Deerpark – Dillonsdown – Edmondstown – Haylands – Hempstown – Holyvalley — Knockieran Lower — Knockieran Upper — Lugnagun Great — Lugnagun Little – Newpaddocks – Oldcourt – Oldpaddocks – Rathnabo – Santryhill – Threecastles.

Extra #1: Read the entries for GV Blessington Parish (pdf file).

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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