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The ‘Friends’ in Baltyboys (2)

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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

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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.

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

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/

The Works of Caitlín Maude (2)

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Full title: Caitlín Maude: dánta, drámaiocht, agus prós

Creator / Author: Caitlín Maude. Ciarán Ó Coigligh a chuir in eagar

Item Type / Page count: Book / 207p

When Published: 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: Coiscéim / 91 Bothar Bhinn Éadair, Páirc na bhFianna, Binn Éadair, Baile Átha Cliath 13.

About: This book is all that is needed in relation to the literary output of the multifaceted and multi-talented Caitlín Maude. It collects in a single volume two earlier books (‘Dánta’, 1984 and ‘Drámaiocht, agus Prós’, 1988). As well as the poems, plays and prose penned by Caitlín Maude, the book contains two important essays on her work. The first is by Tomás Mac Siomóin in the form of the foreword to the poems (pp 2-17). The second is by the editor, Ciarán Ó Coigligh and entitled ‘Léamh an Eagarthóra ar na Dánta’ (pp 83-111). Both essays are in the Irish Language.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Brollach — Focal Buiochais / Ciarán Ó Coigligh – [Caitlín Maude: Dánta] — Réamhra: Ó iochtar mara / Tomás Mac SiomóinImpí – Concerto – Treall – Guimis — Na Blátha – Comhghairdeachas – Iobairt – Rhoda – Aimhréidh – Liobar — An Mháthair — Mo Dháimh — Sneachta 1968 — Lá amháin — Is é an fear céanna — Mar sheach-fhile na bhfilí mbalbh — D’fhan muid ar feadh an lae — Tá sé in am an dán deiridh a scriobh – Dán — D’Iarchara — An Bhileog Bhán — Amhrán Grá Vietnam – Comhairle – Mithráth — Litir ón Aire Cultúir — Do mo Ghrá — Dánta agus Dreancaidi (Miola dáirire) — Géibheann — Oedipus Rex—dhá bhliain d’aois—buachaill beag dá athair — An Mháthairab — Sparán na Péiste Móire – Rámhaillí — A Dhé — Tiomáint na Bó — Amhrán Bréagach – Oilithreacht — An Lá ar Maraiodh an Mhuc — Marbh Beo – Feall — Caoineadh na Mná Ti — Urlabhra Laidine — Mallacht Chromail — I m’áit dhúchais ó thuaidh — Idir an Paidrín Páirteach — An tÉinin Dubh — Comhdhail na nOthar — “Watch that passionate man” — “Is there one who understands me?” — Rachainn go Ceann Léime leat –Santaim rann na sláinte – Silstean — Snim agus snasaim – Rún — Fliuchann an braon mé – Léamh an Eagarthóra ar na Dánta — Ord na nDánta — Clár na nDánta a foilsiodh — Aitheasc cois uaigh Chaitlín Maude-Ui Luain R.I.P / Ciarán Ó Coigligh — Clár na gCéadlínte.

[Caitlín Maude: Drámaíocht agus pros] – RéamhráAn Lasair Choille — An Bhréag — Snas agus Éascaiocht — Ciseán nó Dhó — Tost Dátheangach — An Bonnán Buí — Tiarnaí Talún na Cathrach — Duais-Aistí 1972 — Cuairt ar an mBriotáin — Comhluadar Gaelach — Cén Bóthar? — Margadh na Saoire — Malairt SaoiI — Dátheangachas agus Ilteangachas sna Tiortha Ceilteacha — Trá no Tuile — An tSiceolaiocht agus an Pholaitiocht — An Dá Thra — Togadh an Da Dhiogha — Madrai an BhaiIe — Glaoch ó Dhia — An Mháthairab — Tigh Nábla – Luaithe — Clár Saothair Drámaíochta agus Próis.

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.

Extra #3: Link to the Publisher’s website .

Extra #4: Link to an Irish Language biographical essay on Caitlín Maude via ainm.ie.

Historical Highlights of the Wicklow Highlands

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Full title: A Social History of the Wicklow Uplands

Creator / Author: Brian F. Gurrin

Item Type / Page count: Book / 102p

When Published: 2006

Publisher / Place of Publication: The National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government / Dublin

About: Today, the area regarded as the Wicklow Uplands is mostly included within the Wicklow Mountains National Park. While permanent inhabitants of this area may be as rare as the Abominable Snowman, there is nonetheless a rich social history story to be told. This ranges from the prehistoric period through to the centuries of active resistance to English rule. This study of the history and heritage of the Wicklow Uplands was undertaken at the request of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (Eastern Division).

ID number(s): 0755716930

Contents: Figures and Tables – Abbreviations – The Author – Acknowledgements – Ice Sculptures – Wicklow’s Earliest Inhabitants – Early Human Sculptors – Gaeil is Gaill – War and Peace – New Times, and a New County – From Restoration to Union: The Restoration; The Late Seventeenth Century; The Protestant Ascendancy – War, and a New County – Final Thoughts – References – Bibliography.

Extra #1: Includes numerous illustrations, 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: Visit the Wicklow Mountains National Park website.

Education with a Capital H

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Full title: The Hedge Schools of Wicklow

Creator / Author: Thomas O’Rourke

Item Type / Page count: Book / 216p

When Published: 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: Eagle Rock / Ballydoreen, Ashford, Co. Wicklow

About: Education has always been held in high regard in Ireland. So-called hedge schools preserved a link between the Bardic Schools of the Gaelic era and the introduction of the National School system in the first half of the nineteenth century. Hedge schools proliferated following the enactment of the Penal Laws and, although not necessarily located beside hedgerows, they became an unofficial system of education in their own right. In this well researched book, the author provides the historical context for hedge schools and provides a checklist of known locations of hedge schools in each barony of the county of Wicklow.

ID number(s): 9780993441806

Contents: Dedication – Acknowledgements – Illustrations – Introduction – The County of Wicklow – Celtic origins – The Bardic Schools — The Brehon Laws and education in Ireland – Ireland: the island of saints and scholars – The Penal Laws and Irish education – Wicklow in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries – Hedge schools – The Hedge schoolmaster – Hedge schoolmasters and agrarian activities – Books used in Irish schools – The Irish language – Education in County Wicklow – Barony of Arklow – Barony of Ballinacor North – Barony of Ballinacor South – Barony of Newcastle – Barony of Rathdown — Barony of Shillelagh — Barony of Talbotstown Lower — Barony of Talbotstown Upper – Commission for National Education – Conclusion — Bibliography – Index.

Extra #1: Includes numerous illustrations and maps.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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