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Twelfth Baltinglass Parish Review

© (cover photo Nigel Gillis)

Full title: The Review 2015: 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: Mary Hanlon, Sr. Eileen Deegan, Renee Wall…et al.

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 98pp

When Published: 2015

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

About: This is the twelfth 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 – From the Editor / Mary Hanlon – Baltinglass Courthouse – Boy Scouts and a box of Weetabix / Kieran Fanning – International Success for Scoil Chonglais Student – Baltinglass Further Education & Training Centre – Lalor Centre – 10 Years of Tearmann Community Garden – Tearmann [poem] / Alfred Gillespie – B&B for Birds and Bugs – The Outdoor Classroom / Mary O’Keeffe – Rev. Máirt / Rev. Máirt Hanley – Community Support Worker Programme — Scoil Chonglais on a Winning Streak / Abbie Byrne — Baltinglasss Soccer Club – West Wicklow Voices – Grangecon Village – Tom Hannafin N.T., B. Ed., M.Ed – Mary Farrell Retires / Mary Farrell – The Way of the Cross / Rev. Máirt Hanley — Grangecon N.S. Golden Jubilee / Nuala O’Connell – Commemorative Plaque to Pte Michael McGuinn at Scoil Naomh Iosaf – [Photo Gallery] – Flemings Mace Mill 1984-2014 / John Fleming – Kind [poem] / A. T. – Autumn Tints 20/10/1969 [poem] / Frank Hunt – Baltinglasss Community Action Group – Yvonne Ross / Yvonne Ross – [Photo Galleries] – Baltinglasss GAA Club – Wedding Anniversaries – Leinster Junior Foursomes Champions – Weddings in Baltinglass Parish 1st October 2014 to 30th September 2015 [and Photo Gallery] – Baltinglass 4th Wicklow Scout Group – Baltinglass Lions Club / Mary Ross – Fr. Tommy’s Golden Jubilee / Fintan Doyle – Stratford-on-Slaney – it’s connection to the 1916 Easter Rising / Elizabeth Thompson – Fr. John Fingleton / Frank Hunt – My Daily Creed [poem] / Anon — Baptisms in Baltinglass Parish from 1st October 2014 to 30th September 2015 – Baltinglass Youth Club – Little Feet Créche & Pre-school: 20 years later – Jamie O’Connor – Signposts / Mary Ryder — Naíonra Bealach Chonglais 1985-2015 – Grace Makes the Leinster Rugby Team – The Presentation Sisters — Stratford / Grangecon G.A.A. – Art Competition Winners – Lourdes Through the Eyes of a Child / Cliona Kavanagh – Animal Mass in Stratford-on-Slaney [photos] – Niall Moore’s 90th Birthday Party – Deaths in  Baltinglass Parish 1st October 2014 to 30th September 2015 – 1st Communions and Confirmation [Photo Gallery].

West Wicklow’s Wizard Writer

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Cliff Nielsen

Full title: So You Want to be a Wizard [a novel]

Creator / Author: Diane Duane

Item Type / Page count: Book / 386p

When Published: 1983 and later

Publisher / Place of Publication: Magic Carpet Books Harcourt Inc. / San Diego, USA

About: This is a fantasy novel for young adults and the first in the Young Wizards Series.  The main character, Nita, is having some problems with bullies. However, when she comes across a certain book in the library it leads to all kinds of adventures. When your family have read all the Harry Potters, this book and the others in the series might just cast an enchanting spell.

ID number(s): 9780152162504

Chapters: Prologue — Preliminary Exercises — Research and Development — Temporospatial Claudications: use and abuse – Exocontinual Protocols — Entropics: detection and avoidance — Contractual Magic: an introduction – Major Wizardries: termination and recovery — Timeheart.

WW Connection #1: Diane Duane is a prolific science fiction and fantasy writer and the recipient of several awards. She is American by birth but has been living in the West Wicklow area for many years. She has written dozens of books, short stories, television and film screenplays (including Star Trek), comics, graphic novels and computer games content.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “Part of the problem, Nita thought as she tore desperately down Rose Avenue, is that I can’t keep my mouth shut…”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Some editions include a preview of ‘Deep Wizardry’, the second book in the series.

Extra #5: Link to Diane Duane’s website

Extra #6: Read all about Diane Duane on Wikipedia

Hat-Tip: To author Diane Duane for listing her works here, thus saving this blogger from possible carpal tunnel complications.

Black Day at Black Hill [2]

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Full title: Berlin to Black Hill: a wartime tragedy in the Wicklow Mountains – a documentary film [DVD]

Creator / Author: Mark Goldsborough Wright, producer and director

Item Type: DVD (video disc)

Publisher: Goldsborough Productions in association with DOCUMENTARY 2 U

About: At about 4.30 in the morning of April 18th, 1941, an RAF Hampden bomber which was supposed to be returning from a bombing mission to Germany crashed east of Blessington at Blackhill, Lacken. This documentary film, narrated mainly by Patrick Long, tells the story of the events surrounding the tragic crash. All four crewmen perished and were buried in St. Mary’s Churchyard, Blessington following a funeral with full military honours provided by the Irish army.

Extra #1: The DVD was launched on 4th November, 2015 with a public screening in Miley’s Pub, Blessington.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this DVD.

The Famine in Talbotstown Upper

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Full title: Responses to Famine in West Wicklow

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 9pp

When Published: c.1995

Publisher / Place of Publication: Kildare County Council / Naas, Co. Kildare

Parent Publication [book]: Lest We Forget: Kildare and the Great Famine / 106pp

About: This essay was published as part of a book commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Great Famine in County Kildare. It looks at the adjoining district of West Wicklow and uses contemporary accounts from the journal of Elizabeth Smith to show in particular how local officialdom responded to the crisis.

ID number(s): 0952001322

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 full text of the book containing this chapter, courtesy of the Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal.

Hat-Tip: To the Kildare Library and Arts Services who have arranged for the digitisation of this book and its free accessibility online.

The Queen of English Ballet

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Full title: An English Ballet

Creator / Author: Ninette de Valois, edited by David Gayle

Item Type / Page count: Book / 61p

When Published: 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: Oberon Books Ltd. / 522 Caledonian Road, London N7 9RH

About: This is a small collection of pieces either by Dame Ninette de Valois or about her. It includes the first publication of the text of a speech she gave in 1981 during the fiftieth anniversary of the Royal Ballet. Also included is the text of an address given in her memory at a function in Westminster Abbey in 2001.

ID number(s): 9781849431071

Contents: Acknowlegdements — Foreword / David Gayle — De Valois’ Address to the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars / Ninette de Valois — Madam and the Yorkshire Ballet Seminars (now known as the Yorkshire Ballet Summer School) / David Gayle — Some Problems of Ballet Today / Ninette de Valois — Sir Peter Wright’s Memorial Address at Westminster Abbey 28th September, 2001 / Sir Peter Wright.

WW Connection #1: Ninette de Valois (née Edris Stannus) was born at Baltyboys, Blessington, Co.Wicklow in 1898. The family moved to England in 1905.

Extra #1: includes several photographs

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: For information, the author was awarded the Erasmus Prize in 1974 for her contribution to European culture.

Extra #5: Browse the 1901 Census entry for Ninette de Valois (née Edris Stannus) in Boystown Lower, Co.Wicklow

Extra #6: Link to the Publisher’s Website

All About Our Hilltop Ancestors

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(cover photo James O’Driscoll)

Full title: Hillforts, Warfare and Society in Bronze Age Ireland

Creator / Author: William O’Brien and James O’Driscoll

Item Type / Page count: Book and ebook / 522pp

When Published: 2017

Publisher / Place of Publication: Archaeo Press Publishing / Gordon House, 276 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 7ED

About: This very substantial and highly-illustrated scholarly volume combines  traditional archaeological methods of survey and excavation with modern techniques of remote sensing and GIS (Geographical Informations Systems) landscape analysis to study hillforts in the wider context of warfare and conflict in Ireland during the Bronze Age. Three chapters of the book are specifically dedicated to a detailed landscape study of the Baltinglass Hillfort Complex, which sheds new light on nine individual sites in the area.

ID number(s): 9781784916558 / 9781784916565

Contents: List of Figures – Acknowledgements — Chapter 1: Introduction / William O’Brien — Chapter 2: Prehistoric Hillforts in Ireland and Europe / James O’Driscoll — Chapter 3: Clashanimud Hillfort, Co Cork / William O’Brien — Chapter 4: Other Bronze Age hillforts in Munster/South Leinster / William O’Brien — Chapter 5 [expanded contents]: The Baltinglass Hillfort Landscape of County Wicklow / James O’Driscoll — 5.1: Natural landscape — 5.2: History of research — 5.3: Spinans Hill — 5.4: Kilranlagh — 5.5: Tuckmill Hill — 5.6: Tinoran — 5.7: Hughstown — 5.8: The wider landscape — 5.9: Excavations and finds in the Baltinglass environs — 5.10: Conclusion — Chapter 6 [expanded contents]: The Baltinglass Hillfort Excavations / William O’Brien — 6.1: Spinans Hill 1, Co Wicklow — 6.2: Rathnagree, Co Wicklow — 6.3: Sruhaun, Co Wicklow — 6.4: Tinoran, Co Wicklow — 6.5: Hughstown, Co Kildare — Chapter 7: Chronology / William O’Brien — Chapter 8 [expanded contents]: Modelling the Baltinglass Hillfort Landscape / James O’Driscoll — 8.1: Landscape models for hillfort settlement: a review — 8.2: GIS models of the Baltinglass hillfort landscape –8.3: Modelling hillfort construction at Baltinglass — 8.4: Conclusion — Chapter 9: Hillforts and Warfare in Bronze Age Ireland / William O’Brien — Chapter 10: The Hillfort in Bronze Age Ireland / James O’Driscoll and William O’Brien — Catalogue of Prehistoric Hillforts in Ireland / James O’Driscoll – Bibliography.

Extra #1: Includes over 400 photographs, illustrations and maps.

Extra #2: The cover features a photograph of Brussellstown Ring.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #4: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

Extra #3: Link to the Publisher’s website

Brief Account of Two Bullaun Stones

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Full title: Two Bullaun Stones in Kilbeg Townland, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: David McGuinness and Markus Redmond

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 3pp

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 125 pp. 129-131

When Published: December 1995

Publisher / Place of Publication: R.S.A.I / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: This is a short article from the Miscellanea section of the journal. Bullaun Stones are blocks of uncut natural stones into which oval or circular basin shapes have been carved out. This pair of stones came to the attention of the authors by their appearance on a then recently-issued ordnance survey map and they do not seem to have been recorded in detail before. They, and 2-3 others in the neighbourhood are thought to have been associated with Templeboden and St. Boden’s Well.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes illustration of the stones.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Read this article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

Farewell to the Flower of Pleasant Hill

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(cover photo Peter Kearns)

Full title: The Trial of Billy Byrne of Ballymanus

Creator / Author: Foreword by Jim Rees

Item Type / Page count: Book / 72pp

When Published: 1996

Publisher / Place of Publication: Dee-Jay Publications / 3 Meadows Lane, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

About: This account of the trial of Billy Byrne was originally published around 1799 in Dublin. The case against him ranged from being Captain of rebel troops in the Battle of Arklow, to encouraging others to rebel and to being implicated in several murders. The text is presented with minimal alterations, but with the addition of an index, an account of his execution, and the inclusion of the ballad ‘Billy Byrne of Ballymanus’. In the ballad he is referred to as “the flower of Pleasant-hill”.

ID number(s): 0951923927

Contents: Publisher’s Note — Foreword — “Billy Byrne of Ballymanus” [ballad] — The Trial — Prisoner’s Defence — Defence Summation — Confirmation of Sentence — Petition for Clemency by Eleanor & Frances Byrne – Response of John Caldwell – Epilogue – Index.

Extra #1: The full title of the original 1799 edition is as follows: The Tryal of William Byrne of Ballymanus, County of Wicklow, Esq. On charges of being a Principal Leader in the late rebellion, and concerned in several murders in the same, held before A Military Tribunal at Wicklow, by order of Major General Eustace, on Monday the 24th of June and Continued by Adjournment to the 2nd of July, 1799, with the Prisoner’s Defence, the Judgement of the Court – Sentence etc., with his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant’s decision thereon. To which is added a Copy of a Memorial on behalf of the Prisoner, laid before his Excellency, and by him transmitted to the Commanding Officer at Wicklow for his report together with his Answer thereto.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Garden Heaven in West Wicklow


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© Image Publications (cover by Abigail Bell)

Full title (1): Tip-Top Tulips: a visit to June Blake’s West Wicklow garden proves a tulip-shaped treat

Full title (2): Wicklow Wonderland: take a tour of Patthana – T.J. Maher and Simon Kirby’s meditative space in the Garden County

Creator / Author: Fionnuala Fallon; photography by Richard Johnston

Item Type / Page count: Magazine Articles / 6p and 7p

Journal Information: Garden Heaven Annual, pp. 26-31 and 74-80, editor, Amanda Kavanagh.

When Published: 2017

Publisher / Place of Publication: Image Publications Ltd. / Unit 3, 3 Harbour Square, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

About: This issue of the magazine Garden Heaven has a distinct West Wicklow flavour as the reader is taken firstly on a tour of June Blake’s renowned garden and later on a visit to Patthana Garden, both of which are located in West Wicklow. The text of both articles is accompanied by several feature photographs.

ID number(s): 0791-7570

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

WW Connection #2: Patthana Garden is located in the village of Kiltegan in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Link to June Blake’s Garden website

Kippure Mountain – geology, resources and social history [Reblog]

About: This is an entry from the blog of South Dublin Libraries Local Studies which was posted on May 20th, 2020. It relates to a thesis, authored by Geraldine Worth, with the title ‘Kippure Mountain – geology, resources and social history. Kippure straddles the border between Dublin and Wicklow, but its highest point is firmly within Wicklow. The blog helpfully provides links to the full text of the thesis.

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