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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.

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.

A Sisterly Saga

© The Publisher

Full title: Winter Flowers [a novel]

Creator / Author: Carol Coffey

Item Type / Page count: Book / 322p

When Published: 2011

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

About: Two sisters, but many secrets. Iris and Hazel must come to terms with their past before a settled future can ever be contemplated. A novel of family relationships that mixes despair with hope. Can there be a ‘happy ever after’ for one or both of the sisters?

ID number(s): 9781842235027 / 9781842234587

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

Extra #1: Opening line: “Iris Fay, are you in there?” The man’s voice boomed from outside the rundown shop as he knocked heavily on the door.’

Extra #2: Some editions include a preview of the first chapter of the book ‘The Penance Room’, written by the same author.

Extra #3: The novel has been translated into German.

Extra #4: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

A Century of GAA in Donard

© Donard GAA

Full title: Donard G.A.A. – a history 1884-1984

Creator / Author: Roisín Breathnach, Eibhlín Breathnach and Bernadín Breathnach

Item Type / Page count: Book / 91p

When Published: c.1984

Publisher / Place of Publication: [Donard G.A.A Centenary Committee] / Donard, Co. Wicklow

About: This is the story of Donard G.A.A. from the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association to its centenary year in 1984. It fuses historic newspaper reports and local remembrances to paint a picture of a community for whom Gaelic Games activities was an important element of social life.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Introduction / Roisín, Eibhlín and Bernadín Breathnach – Address from the Club Chairman / Antoin Breathnach – Address from the County Chairman / Peadar Mac Eocaidh — Address from Aodh Ó Broin / Aodh Ó Broin — The G.A.A.– its beginning and development — G.A.A. in Wicklow — Donard — 1930’s — 1940’s — 1950’s — 1960’s — 1970’s – 1980’s — Camogie — Hurling — Vocational Schools Football — Juvenile — Handball — Grand Little Town of Donard [poem] / Ned Dunne

Extra #1: includes numerous & black/white photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Ten of the Best from Caitlín Maude

© The Publisher

Full title: The Bright Wave / An Tonn Gheal: poetry in Irish now

Creator / Author: Dermot Bolger (editor) and contributors. Introduction by Alan Titley.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 200p

When Published: 1986

Publisher / Place of Publication: Raven Arts Press / P.O. Box 1430, Finglas Dublin 11.

About: This book is an anthology of modern Irish-language poetry from six poets who all emerged in the second half of the 20th century. Each poem is printed in Irish with an English translation opposite. The poets represented are: Michael Davitt, Caitlín Maude, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Micheál Ó hAirtnéide, Liam Ó Muirthile and Cathal Ó Searcaigh. The section that interests us is that devoted to 10 poems by Caitlín Maude each of which has been translated into English by Michael Hartnett (Micheál Ó hAirtnéide). Overall the book is an excellent introduction to modern poetry in Irish for people who are not that well versed in the Irish language.

ID number(s): 1851860088 / 1851860118

Contents: [Caitlín Maude poems only] Tá sé in am an dán deiridh a scriobh / It’s time to write the final poem – Géibheann / Captivity – Litir ón Aire Cultúir / Letter from the Minister of Culture – Comhairle / Advice – Lá amháin / One day — D’fhan muid ar feadh an lae / We stayed all day — Amhrán Grá Vietnam / Love song for Vietnam – Impí / Entreaty – Iobairt / Sacrifice – Rhoda / Rhoda.

WW Connection #1: Caitlín Maude spent some time as a teacher in Carnew in South West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Wicklow for Beginners

© The Publisher

Full title: A History of County Wicklow

Creator / Author: Arthur Flynn

Item Type / Page count: Book / 166p

When Published: 2003

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

About: This book is a general overview of the County of Wicklow. While some of the material is no longer current, the historical background is well presented and is a useful introduction to the subject. Chapter 8 contains neat descriptions of 16 towns and villages within the county.

ID number(s): 0717134857

Chapters:  Acknowledgements – Introduction – Antiquity – The Christian Era – The Middle Ages – The Early Modern Period – From Grattan to Parnell – Industries – The Towns – Communication and Travel – Visitors to Co. Wicklow in the Nineteenth Century – Modern Times – Famous Links with Co. Wicklow – The Arts – Tourism and Sport – Appendix 1: Census of Population – Appendix 2: Public Representatives for Co. Wicklow – Select Bibliography – Index.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Includes sixteen pages of b/w photographs.

The ‘Friends’ in Baltyboys (2)

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© The Publisher

Full title: The Quakers of Baltyboys, County Wicklow, 1678 to 1800s

Creator / Author: John Hussey

Item Type / Page count: Book / 56p

When Published: July 2017

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Historical Committee of the Religious Society of Friends in Ireland / Quaker House, Stocking Lane, Dublin 16 D16 V3F8

About: This is a history of the Quaker community which settled in the valley of the King’s River in West Wicklow. Also known as ‘The Religious Society of Friends’, The Quakers were heavily involved in the woollen and textile industry. Appendices to the main text include individual family details and a brief explanation of Quaker origins. This book was originally published as an eBook on the author’s website in 2015.

ID number(s): 9781911345565

Contents: Preface – Acknowledgements – Foreword / Christopher Moriarty – Ballymore-Eustace, the gateway to West  Wicklow — Baltyboys — The  Quakers’ move to Ireland — The founding of Blessington ‘New Town’ – Visits by important Quakers to Dublin — Peter Peisley’s move to Baltyboys — The first Quaker lease at Baltyboys, 1678 — The role of the early Quakers at Baltyboys — The rationale for Quakers to settle at Baltyboys—Connections of the Baltyboys Quakers with Dublin — William Lappam’s refusal to pay tithes — Anthony Sharp’s visit to Blessington — Quaker settlement beyond Baltyboys — Other Protestant settlers of the early 1700s — Quaker weaving activities at Baltyboys – Disownments – Quaker Families at Baltyboys in 1791 — Peisleys replaced by Radcliffes – The 1798 Rebellion — Quaker Migration into the Church of Ireland — After the Quakers – Appendices: 1. The ‘Religious Society of Friends’ – 2.The Quaker meeting house and graveyard at Baltyboys – 3. Notes on individual Quaker families of Baltyboys – 4. Other family names.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Includes two maps.

Extra #4: Link to the Quakers in Ireland website.

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

Extra #6: Link to the author’s page on Academia.edu

The Fighting Irish of WWI

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© The Publisher

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.

25 Years of Birdies and Bogeys in Blessington

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© Blessington Golfing Society

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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© The Author

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.

 

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