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The Fighting Irish of WWI

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Full title: The Glorious Madness: tales of the Irish and the Great War

Creator / Author: Turtle Bunbury

Item Type / Page count: Book / 338p

When Published: 2014

Publisher / Place of Publication: Gill and Macmillan / Hume Avenue, Park West, Dublin 12

About: The story of World War I as told through the eyes of Irish heroes and heroines of the conflict. Entries range from single-paragraph anecdotes to multi-page chapters and include people like nuns, artists, sportsmen, poets, aristocrats, nationalists, nurses, clergymen and film directors. This is not a dry, dusty history but the experiences of real people told in the author’s trademark engaging style.

ID number(s): 9780717162345

Chapters: Introduction — PART ONE: THE WESTERN FRONT — The Western Front — The Irish Dames of Ypres — Jack Judge-the man who wrote ‘Tipperary’ — Hoppy Hardy-the multiple escaper — Charles FitzClarence- Kildare’s Royal VC winner — Lord Desmond FitzGerald and the Micks — Irish Rugby players on the Western Front — Captain DD Sheehan, MP for Mid-Cork — The short army career of Private Kit Conway — Major General Louis Lipsett, CBE, MC (1874–1918) — Woodbine Willie- the soldiers’ poet — Hill 16-legends of the rubble — Tom MacGreevy-modernist poet (1893–1967) — Tom Kettle and Emmet Dalton-mad guns and invisible wands — Sir William Orpen — Liam O’Flaherty-an Aran Islander at war — The Irish air aces — PART TWO: THE DARNADELLES — The Dardanelles — Sackville Carden and the naval attack on the Dardanelles — Admiral Jack de Robeck (1862–1928) — Admiral Francis Kennedy, CB (1862–1939) — The Battle of Seddelbahr — The Dublin Pals and Suvla Bay — Rough Fitzgerald and the Order of the White Feather — Cecil Parke-the original Clones Cyclone — Brian Desmond Hurst–the Empress of Gallipoli — General Godley and the ANZACs — Arthur Corrie Lewin, DSO-aviator extraordinaire — PART THREE: FORGOTTEN FRONTS — Forgotten Fronts — Sky patrol with Erskine Childers — Hibernia and the Senussi of Libya — The Eagle of Trieste — Knox D’Arcy-the man who oiled the Royal Navy — Gunner Tom Barry and the Siege of Kut — Nurse Colhoun and the bombing of Vertekop — Father Kavanagh and the Sinai-Palestine Campaign — Colonel Alexander and the spear-point pump — Sergeant Major Flora Sandes, Serbian Army – Notes — Bibliography.

WW Connection #1: The author attended primary school in Baltinglass.

Extra #1: Profusely illustrated with photographs and maps.

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 Author’s website http://www.turtlebunbury.com

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

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25 Years of Birdies and Bogeys in Blessington

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Full title: Blessington Golfing Society – celebrating 25 years

Creator / Author: Presented by Jim Corley and Noel Kelly

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 20p

When Published: 2012

Publisher / Place of Publication: [The Society?] / [Blessington, County Wicklow.]

About: Blessington Golfing Society was founded in 1987 and has always been headquartered in Hennessey’s Pub in Blessington. This A4-size souvenir booklet was produced to mark a quarter-century of the society’s activities. It contains memories and anecdotes and is lavishly illustrated with dozens of colour photographs.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Introduction 1 / Pat Clarke, 25th Captain – Introduction 2 / Frank O’Neill, President — Celebrating 25 Years — Fr. O’Moore, past President — The Twenty-Five Captains — [Photo Gallery] – Tribute to the late Robert Hennessy, a member & friend of Blessington Golf Society, 23rd Jan 1991 – 12th May 2011 — Jim Fennel’s Crash — Sand Bunkers — Boot Throwers Society – [Photo Gallery] – Animals on courses / Jim Corley – East Clare Fox – [Photo Gallery] – Tulfarris Golf Club – My Golf Society / Martin Hennessy – Captain’s Cup – NCNC – Heineken Cup – The Star Competition / Harry Wilson — Blessington Golfing Society Weekends Away.

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 Blessington Golfing Society website

A Little Book of Ballyknockan

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Full title: My life as a stonecutter

Creator / Author: Andy Farrington [with contributions from Katie Byrne, John McEvoy, Jim Behan and Michael Freeman]

Item Type / Page count: Book / 68p

When Published: ca2016

Publisher / Place of Publication: [The Author] / Ballyknockan, Co. Wicklow

About: More than half of this nice little book is taken up with Andy Farrington’s account of a life spent as a stonecutter in Ballyknockan. The remainder of the book includes contributions from neighbours on the same topic and also looks at other aspects of Ballyknockan history.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Introduction – Growing up in Ballyknockan – My life as a stonecutter – The contributions of the quarry men to the Church — The Ballyknockan Brass & Reed Band — The next generation / John McEvoy — Giant granite stone 1890 — Neddy Cullen – Working in Osborne and Brady quarry / Jim Behan – Michael Freeman’s account of his life as a stonecutter / Michael Freeman — Turf cutting — Conclusion.

Extra #1: Includes thirty-seven photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: View the entry for ‘Ballyknockan’ in the Placenames Database of Ireland.

 

Lighting Up Parts of West Wicklow

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Full title: Then there was light: stories powered by the rural electrification scheme in Ireland

Creator / Author: P.J. Cunningham and Joe Kearney (editors).

Item Type / Page count: Book / 248p

When Published: 2016

Publisher / Place of Publication: Ballpoint Press / 4 Wyndham Park, Bray, Co. Wicklow

About:  This book, which is dedicated to ‘all those who had a role in the electrification of rural Ireland’ goes behind the roll-out of the Rural Electrical Scheme. The editors have sought out personal eyewitness accounts and short stories based on the experiences of ordinary people throughout the countryside. Four of the chapters / stories are based in West Wicklow and feature Stratford-on-Slaney, Knockananna, Lacken and Carrigeen/Irongrange.

ID number(s): 9780995479319

Contents: [West Wicklow items only] “I Have Lived …” / Alo Brady — Night of the Long Count in a Wicklow Village / Con Foley — Oh For a Penny Ice Cream and the Smell of Creosote! / Mattie Lennon — Lighting on the Wall / Declan P. Gowran.

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 at: http://www.ballpointpress.ie/

Baltinglass Detective Reigns in Spain

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Full title: The City in Darkness: a Stefan Gillespie novel

Creator / Author: Michael Russell

Item Type / Page count: Book / 338p

When Published: 2016

Publisher / Place of Publication: Constable / Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ.

About: This is the third book in a series of historical crime fiction featuring the West Wicklow based Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie. The action ranges from the Wicklow Mountains through Dublin and on to Spain and Portugal. The book is set in the early 1940’s which allows the author scope to use Second World War Europe and the ‘Emergency’ period in Ireland as backdrop to the story.

ID number(s): 9781472121929 / 9781472121912 / 9781472121943

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: “There was barely a whisper of mist on the Upper Lake, a softness in the air where the water rippled among reeds and lapped on the pebble beach at the eastern end…”

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 of this book courtesy of Irish Examiner newspaper

Extra #5: Visit the Author’s Website

Households in Hollywood Parish in middle of 19th century (2)

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Full title: Parish of Hollywood

Creator / Author: Richard Griffith

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / eDoc / 1p

When Published: 1854

Publisher / Place of Publication: Alexander Thom and Sons for Her Majesty’s Stationary Office / 87 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 the small part of the Parish of Hollywood in West Wicklow, which was covered by the Poor Law Union of Naas in County Kildare. Most of the Parish of Hollywood was within the area covered by the Poor Law Union of Baltinglass.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Blakestown Upper — Blakestown Lower — Britonstown

Extra #1: Read the entries for GV Hollywood Parish within Naas Union (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

Extra #5: Link to the blog post for the part of GV Hollywood Parish within Baltinglass Union.

Croppy Biddy Don’t Lie Down

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Full title: Bridget ‘Croppy Biddy’ Dolan: Wicklow’s anti-heroine of 1798

Creator / Author: Ruan O’Donnell

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 25pp

When Published: 1998

Publisher / Place of Publication: Four Courts Press / Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.

Parent Publication [book]: The Women of 1798 / edited by Dáire Keogh and Nicholas Furlong / 208pp

About: This book chapter (pp. 87-112) looks at the role played by ‘informant’ Bridget Dolan in the conviction of several United Irishmen for anti-government activities in the Wicklow area. The most high-profile trial that she was associated with was that of William ‘Billy’ Byrne of Ballymanus, which led to Byrne’s execution. The author explores the circumstances of the demonisation of Bridget Dolan whom he refers to as “one of the most interesting women to participate in the rebellion and its aftermath”.

ID number(s): 1851823587 / 185182359X

WW Connection #1: Bridget ‘Croppy Biddy’ Dolan was born and lived in Carnew in South West Wicklow in 1777.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Your Catholic Ancestors from Clonmore Parish

 

 

 

 

Full title: Clonmore, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, Counties of Wicklow, Carlow

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 May 2017.

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 Clonmore, County Carlow, part of which extends into South West Wicklow.

Contents:  These registers cover baptisms (1819-1881) and marriages (1813-1880). These date ranges 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 Clonmore Parish

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

Cooke Family Saga

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Full title: Mother in the Shadows

Creator / Author: Maureen Cooke

Item Type / Page count: Book / 177p

When Published: September 2003

Publisher / Place of Publication: Published for Maureen Cooke by Penfolk Publishing / 21 Ronley Street, Blackburn, Victoria 3130, Australia

About:  If this were a novel it would be a family saga. However, it is all true. The author writes about an orphanage, an adoption and a placement with a family that she seemed to belong to. She discovers in the end that her ties with them were closer than she could have imagined. The book tells the story of the Cooke Family and ranges across Scotland, Ireland, England and Australia. A second edition of this book was published in 2012.

ID number(s): 1875894330

Contents: Prologue – List of Illustrations – Acknowledgements and Thanks – Dedication –The Orphanage 1938-1941 – Journey to Leeds: 1941 – The Cooke Family – Adjusting – Jessie and Babs – Bannie and Helen – Bessie. Our Housekeeper – Boarding School 1941-1950 – Job after Job after Job – A Career Begins: 1957 – To Australia: 1960 – Independence – Marriage and a Family – Caring for Bannie – Revelation – Uncovering the Facts – Back to Childhood Haunts: 1988 – Returning again: 1955 – Reflections – Appendix: Maisie’s Account of her Life.

WW Connection #1: The Cooke Family had strong connections with Baltinglass and its Post Office. Helen Cooke was the de facto Postmistress when the infamous ‘Battle of Baltinglass’ incident occurred in the early 1950s.

Extra #1: Includes over two dozen photographs and a family tree.

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 at: http://www.penfolk.com.au/

In an Irish Country Garden

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Full title: Wicklow Work of Art: superlative garden of Irish plantswoman June Blake

Creator / Author: Jane Powers; photography by Carole Drake

Item Type / Page count: Magazine Article / 6p

Journal Information: The Garden, Volume 141, Part 9, pp. 68-73, editor, Chris Young.

When Published: September 2016

Publisher / Place of Publication: RHS Media / Churchgate, New Road, Peterborough PE1 1TT, England

About: The Garden is the title of the monthly magazine of The Royal Horticultural Society and has been published since 1871. This article is the cover story feature of the September 2016 issue and describes what the magazine calls “a contemporary and plant-filled country garden, influenced by the surrounding rural landscape”.

ID number(s): 0308-5457

WW Connection #1: June Blake’s Garden is located in Tinode in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Includes numerous colour photographs and a plan of the garden.

Extra #4: Link to the Publisher’s website

Extra #5: Link to June Blake’s website

Hat-Tip: To photographer Carole Drake who produced the image featured on the cover above. Link to Carole’s website at www.caroledrake.com

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