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A Detective Locklear Mystery (1)

© The Publisher

Full title: The Pact [a novel]

Creator / Author: Carol Coffey

Item Type / Page count: Book / 312p

When Published: 2018

Publisher / Place of Publication: Poolbeg Crimson / Poolbeg Press 123 Grange Hill, Baldoyle, Dublin 13.

About: This novel marks a new departure for the author as it is her first detective novel. It introduces Sergeant Locklear, a Native American who is a homicide detective with the Richmond Police Department. Locklear and his colleagues set about investigating the attempted murder of a young Mennonite, but without the co-operation of locals, things become increasingly difficult. The book is the first of a series featuring Sergeant Locklear.

ID number(s): 9781781998199

WW Connection #1: The author lives in the Baltinglass area of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: ‘The 5 a.m. call from Lieutenant Alex Kowalski had woken Locklear from a fitful night’s rest…..’

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

SOS – Save Our Schoolhouse

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Full title: Lacken Schoolhouse

Creator / Author: Mattie Lennon

Item Type / Page count: Magazine Article / 2pp

Journal Information: Ireland’s Eye Magazine, Issue 459, pp. 8-9

When Published: March 2019

Publisher / Place of Publication: Ireland’s Eye / 6 Dominick Street, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

About: A short article of just over a page relates some of the history and personalities associated with Lacken Schoolhouse which is now a community centre. It ends with a call to action to preserve this historic schoolhouse which is in need of restoration and renovation.

ID number(s): 0790-3766

Extra #1: Includes a black & white photograph.

Catholic Devotion in Dunlavin

© The Author

Full title: “With much quiet fervour”: a brief history of Dunlavin Roman Catholic Parish and St. Nicholas of Myra Church

Creator / Author: Chris Lawlor

Item Type / Page count: Book / 80pp

When Published: 2018

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Author / Dunlavin, Co. Wicklow

About: This book is a history of the Roman Catholic church of Saint Nicholas of Myra in Dunlavin, West Wicklow. The author, a local historian of note, also expands the text to include the wider story of Catholic worship in the community both before and after the church building itself was erected.

ID number(s): 9780953294756

Contents: Acknowledgements — Foreword — Introduction — Context: Catholicism in the Dunlavin area before the nineteenth century — Construction: Catholicism in Dunlavin parish in the nineteenth century — Change: Catholicism in Dunlavin parish in the twentieth century — Challenge: Catholicism in Dunlavin parish in the twenty-first century — Appendix – Endnotes.

Extra #1: Illustrated throughout with multiple black and white photographs.

Extra #2: Includes text of poem ‘Lines on St. Nicholas’s Well, Tournant, Dunlavin’ by Canon James Whittle (pp.23-24).

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #5: A review of this book appears in the Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society, Number Ten, 2019.

Extra #6: Link to the author’s blog.

Sixteen Soldiers Perish at Stranahely

© The Publisher

Full title: The Glen of Imaal Disaster, 1941

Creator / Author: Terence O’Reilly

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 3p

Journal Information: History Ireland, Vol. 27, No. 2, pp. 44-46

When Published: March / April 2019

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wordwell Ltd. / Unit 9, 78 Furze Road, Sandyford, Dublin 18.

About: This short three-page article describes the circumstances surrounding the worst single episode of loss of life suffered by the Irish Defence Forces since the Irish Civil War. It also highlights the trauma and tribulations of the survivors, most of whom sustained life-changing injuries. A large basalt memorial, near Seskin Bridge, now commemorates the sixteen soldiers who died in the Glen of Imaal on that fateful day on September 16th, 1941.

ID number(s): 0791-8224

Extra #1: includes three photographs.

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.

Extra #5: Visit the magazine website at: http://www.historyireland.com/

Early Grave Slabs from Counties Dublin, Kildare & Wicklow

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Full title: Pre-Norman grave-slabs and cross-inscribed stones in the Dublin region

Creator / Author: Patrick Healy, edited by Kieran Swords.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 124pp

When Published: 2009

Publisher / Place of Publication: South Dublin Libraries, Local Studies Section / County Library, County Hall, Town Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

About: The author was an archaeologist and local historian who according to Professor Etienne Rynne “knew the early graveslabs of County Dublin and North County Wicklow better than anyone else ever did” (Introduction). This book is based on a thesis submitted by the author for an M.A. degree at NUI Galway and has been expanded to include updated material. It is a comprehensive work that also covers locations in West Wicklow and East Kildare. Altogether, some 85 slabs are catalogued and described.

ID number(s): 9780955379819

Contents: Paddy Healy: an appreciation / Rob Goodbody – Editor’s Acknowledgements – Foreword / Mayor Billy Gogarty – Introduction / Professor Etienne Rynne – Illustrated Glossary – Author’s Acknowledgements – Author’s Introduction — Historical background – Pre-Norman church-sites in the Dublin region: Co. Dublin, Co. Wicklow, Co. Kildare — Upright and recumbent slabs: a discussion — Pre-Norman grave-slabs and cross-inscribed stones in the Dublin region: a summary of the eight group-types – Numbered catalogue of slabs and cross-inscribed stones of the greater Dublin area – Bibliography —Appendix I: Decorated stones at Kilgobbin, Co. Dublin / P. Ó hÉailidhe – Placename index to locations with pre-Norman grave-slabs and cross-inscribed stones, Counties Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare.

Extra #1: Profusely illustrated with drawings, photographs and maps.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Tenth Collection of Articles on West Wicklow History

© WWHS

Full title: Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society: Number 10, 2019

Creator / Author: West Wicklow Historical Society & contributors, joint editors Chris Lawlor, Donal McDonnell

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / 312p

When Published: 2019

Publisher / Place of Publication: West Wicklow Historical Society / Baltinglass (?), Co. Wicklow.

About: This tenth publication of a set of articles on aspects of West Wicklow history is a bumper edition running to a highest-ever total of 312 pages. A diverse range of articles stretch from the Neolithic period to modern times. The areas covered include Baltinglass, Baltyboys, Blessington, Burgage and Glen of Imaal. East Wicklow also gets a look-in as does neighbouring parts of Carlow and Kildare. The most extensive article in this issue is by Kevin Lee which looks at nineteenth-century emigration from the Coolattin district to Canada.

ID number(s): 0790-1739

Contents: Foreword from the Chairman / John A. O’Toole — Ramblings of the Secretary / Donal McDonnell — Editor’s Preface / Chris Lawlor — Archaeological excavations on Baltinglass Hill: an update / Alan Hawkes — Guests of the Crown: Wicklow men in the Curragh internment camps, 1921 / James Durney — Silk manufacturing in Rathmore, County Kildare (1784-1786) / James Robinson — Preaching the suffrage gospel in County Wicklow: a local perspective on the women’s suffrage campaign, 1908-1918 / Rosemary Raughter —Ballymore Eustace woollen mills / Jim Corley — Cecil Frances Alexander and her connection to County Wicklow / Sarah Gillespie — County Kildare during the War of Independence, 1919-1921 / Michael Murphy — Language matters: the importance of Irish in local place-name lore / Ita Roddy — Shops around the Blessington Lake / Séamus Balfe — Flax growing and linen weaving in Imaal in the 1820s / John Hussey — Book Review: John Hussey’s The Quakers of Baltyboys, County Wicklow – 1678 to 1800s / Jim Corley – The land for the people / Joe McArdle — The Boyestowne Lordship: Baltyboys, Tulfarris & Humphreystown 1650-1850 [Part Two] / Brendan Corrigan — William Dargan and the Dublin and Wicklow railway / Andrew Keating — Aspects of life in County Wicklow during the Emergency / James Scannell — Collapse at Burgage / Brian McCabe — ‘He regarded their interests and his own as interwoven’: the impact of the 1903 Wyndham Land Act on the Mansfields of Morristown Lattin, 1903-1929 / Evan Comerford — A listing of some people living on the Baltinglass Estate of the Earl of Aldborough, 1767-1794 / Richard B. Lennon — Macra na Feirme and the origin of secondary education in West Wicklow / P.J. Hanlon — Nineteenth-century emigration from South Wicklow: from Coollattin to Canada / Kevin Lee — Did you ever dance to these bands in Blessington or Manor Kilbride 1971-1973? / Declan O’Connor — Goodbye to Fortgranite, a much-loved family home / Mark Shirley-Beavan — Mullaghmast – early monuments and mythologies / Cora Crampton — Rathvilly Church of Ireland memorial inscriptions from the church and churchyard / Paul Gorry — Baltinglass Bridewell and Courthouse [Part One] / Chris Lawlor — Book Review: Chris Lawlor’s ‘With Much Quiet Fervour’: a brief history of Dunlavin Roman Catholic parish and St. Nicholas of Myra church / Cróna Cassidy.

Extra #1: Illustrated throughout with black & white photographs, maps, drawings and graphs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

The Centenary Finals – Hurling

© Wicklow GAA

Full title: Cluichí Ceannais Iomána an Chéid 30th Mean Fomháir 1984

Creator / Author: Coiste Condae Chill Mhantáin

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 21p

When Published: 1984

Publisher / Place of Publication: Coiste Condae Chill Mhantáin / Aughrim(?), Co. Wicklow,

About: The official programme for the Wicklow County Hurling finals that were held in 1984, the centenary year of the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association. It contains some material of West Wicklow GAA interest.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Hurling Officer’s Address / Tomás Ó Colmáin — Focal ón gCathaoirleach — Remember the teams — Carnew Panel — The Town of Carnew [poem] — Special Trophy — The Senior Finals of ‘54 — Rooting the Ash / Fr. Liam Dunne C.C. — Kiltegan Panel — Did You Know? — The Chapel at Kilamoate [poem] — County Hurling Championship Final 50 Years Ago — Senior Hurling Champs Down the Years.

WW Connection #1: The Senior Hurling final featured two West Wicklow teams, Carnew Emmets and Kiltegan.

WW Connection #2: A special centenary football match that afternoon was also contested by two West Wicklow teams, Blessington and Baltinglass.

WW Connection #3: The foreword to the programme was written by Peter Keogh, the Kiltegan native who was the Chairman of the Wicklow GAA County Board.

WW Connection #4: Includes a poem relating to the district of each of the senior finalists, Carnew and Kiltegan.

Extra #1: includes many photographs of GAA interest.

Crannogs and Their Uses up to 1650

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Full title: Crannogs in Late Medieval Gaelic Ireland, c.1350-c.1650

Creator / Author: Aidan O’Sullivan

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 21p

When Published: 2001 (hardback); 2004 (paperback)

Publisher / Place of Publication: Four Courts Press Ltd. / 7 Malpas Street, Dublin 8

Parent Publication [book]: Gaelic Ireland c.1250-c.1650: land, lordship and settlement / edited by Patrick J. Duffy, David Edwards and Elizabeth FitzPatrick / 454pp

About: Crannogs were artificial islands built in lakes or swamps. In this chapter (pp397-417), the author argues that up to now attention has been paid only to their early origin and use. He discusses the range of materials and artifacts found in crannogs and makes use of historical evidence to suggest that they continued to have various functions right up the middle of the seventeenth century.

ID number(s): 1851828001 / 1851828664

Contents: Origins, construction and occupation – Late medieval re-occupation – Crannogs as Gaelic settlements in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries – Crannogs as Gaelic settlements in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries: the end of the tradition – Crannogs as refuges for the Gaelic Irish in the seventeenth century: the final years – Conclusion.

WW Connection #1: Author Aidan O’Sullivan is a native of Valleymount in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes maps, a photograph and 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 author’s online presence on Academia.edu

Inspired by Saint Brigid

© The Author

Full title: Prayers from Manor Kilbride: Volume I

Creator / Author: Anna Nagle

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 42pp.

When Published: [ca. 2013]

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

About: A collection of 20 self-composed prayers each no longer than a single page. The prayer titles give an indication of their content. Each prayer is interspersed with a colour photograph taken by the author of scenes and subjects relating to Manor Kilbride and its environs. Part of the proceeds from the sale of this book go to the new community hall in Kilbride.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Saint Brigid — For the Miracle of Creation — Seefin on the Harvest Moon — Prayer of Protection for my Home and All who Enter Here  — A Prayer for my Brother — Prayer of Gratitude at the End of a Long Sunny Sunday — A Prayer for my Son — A Prayer for Self Acceptance — A Prayer of Thanksgiving for my Pal — Seeing You in Everything — A Prayer for my Grand Dog — Forgiveness — Heaven on Earth — Here Now — In Appreciation of my Self — Blessings on Awakening — On the Arrival of Autumn — A Prayer on Hearing of Friends Passing — In the Silence — A prayer for Patience – Acknowledgements.

WW Connection #1: Apart from the subject matter, the author is an artist, teacher and healer who lives in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

From the Drawing Board (1) – St. Mary’s Church, Blessington

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Full title: Blessington Church. Diocese of Dublin

Creator / Author: RCB Library and Joseph Welland

Item Type: Website / Publicly Accessible

Homepage URL: https://archdrawing.ireland.anglican.org/

When Viewed: Contents described are those showing when viewed in November 2019.

Publisher / Place of Publication: Representative Church Body, Church of Ireland House, Church Avenue, Rathmines, Dublin 6, D06 CF67

About: One of the many resources of the Representative Church Body Library is a collection of 19th and 20th century architectural drawings of Church of Ireland churches and cathedrals. In 2011 the Library secured a grant from the Esme Mitchell Trust to conduct a pilot project to digitize and catalogue these drawings. A subsequent grant from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has enabled further work to be done. As a result, an important heritage resource is now freely available online. This blog entry relates to architectural drawings of St. Mary’s Church, Blessington from around 1850.

Contents:  Blessington Church. Diocese of Dublin — Longitudinal Section. Transverse Section — Half External and Internal Elevation of Circular Lights in North and South Transepts. Doorway to West Porch. Finial and Flew Blocks — Section of Nave Aisle. External Elevation of North Aisle Window Internal Elevation of Aisle Window &c — Half External and Internal Elevation of Circular Lights in North and South Transepts. Doorway to West Porch. Finial and Flew Blocks — East Elevation. South Flank Elevation — Ground Plan showing proposed additions &c North Elevation.

Extra #1: Browse the RCB Library architectural drawings for Blessington Church

Extra #2: Link to the entry for this church on National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) website

Hat-Tip: To The Representative Church Body Library who have arranged for the digitisation of these drawings and their free accessibility online.

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