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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.

19th-Century Catholic Ancestors from Blessington Parish

 

 

 

 

Full title: Blessington, Archdiocese of Dublin, Counties of Wicklow, Kildare

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 Feb 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 Blessington, part of which extends into County Kildare.

Contents:  These registers cover baptisms (1852-1880) and marriages (1852-1880). 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 Blessington Parish

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

Weaving Down the King’s River Valley

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© John Hussey

Full title: Wool and Weaving in the Kings River Valley, County Wicklow: 1660’s to 1840s

Creator / Author: John Hussey

Item Type / Page count: eBook / 95p

When Published: March 2nd, 2016

Publisher / Place of Publication: John Hussey / [Co. Wicklow?]

About: The Quaker community based around Baltyboys were responsible for wool production in the area and supplied Dublin with this commodity. Later this enterprise developed into carding, spinning and weaving operations. In this substantial e-book publication, local author, John Hussey, details the almost 200-year history of wool and weaving in the King’s River Valley.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Abstract – Author details – Notes — Acknowledgements – 1650 to 1699 – The wool and weaving industries in Ireland — 1699 to c.1740 – The Wool Act and rustication — c.1750 – Weaving and tuck mills — 1760s – Road improvements — 1760s to 1770s – Pirn/Warping mills — 1770s to 1790s – The commercial state of Co. Wicklow — 1798 – The United Irish Rebellion — 1800 to 1840s — The final decline and death of weaving – Epilogue – Appendix 1 – Valleymount and hat-making – Appendix 2 – Weaving in the town of Blessington and on the estate – Appendix 3 – Flax growing and linen weaving in Co. Wicklow – Appendix 4 – General Holt’s metal boilers.

Extra #1: Browse to the full text of this ebook via this page at Our Wicklow Heritage

Extra #2: Includes several maps, photographs and illustrations.

Extra #3: Hat tip to the author, John Hussey, for making this ebook freely available online.

The ‘Friends’ in Baltyboys

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© John Hussey

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

Creator / Author: John Hussey

Item Type / Page count: eBook / 44p

When Published: 2015 (Second edition March 7th, 2016)

Publisher / Place of Publication: John Hussey / [Co. Wicklow?]

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.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Abstract – Acknowledgements — Ballymore, the gateway to west  Wicklow — Baltyboys — The  Quakers’ move to Ireland — Events of 1669 – 1671 – Peter Peisley’s move to Baltyboys — The founding of the ‘New Town’ of Blessington – The rationale for Quakers to settle at Baltyboys — Visits by important Quakers to Dublin — The role of the early Quakers at Baltyboys — The first Quaker lease at Baltyboys, 1678 — Connections with Dublin – Anthony Sharp — 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 – Peisleys replaced by Radcliffes – The 1798 Rebellion — Migration of Quakers into the Church of Ireland — After the Quakers – Appendix 1: The ‘Religious Society of Friends’ – Appendix 2: The Quaker meeting house and graveyard at Baltyboys – Appendix 3: Notes on individual Quaker families of Baltyboys

Extra #1: Browse to the full text of this ebook via this page at blessington.jimdo.com.

Extra #2: Includes two maps.

Extra #3: Hat tip to the author, John Hussey, for making this ebook freely available online.

Extra #4: Link to the author’s page on Academia.edu

Thirty-eight Years of Rambling the Wicklow Hills

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© SDCC Libraries

Full title: Listing and Index of Evening Herald Articles 1938 to 1975 by J. B. Malone on Walks, Cycles, Drives

Creator / Author: compiled by Frank Tracy

Item Type / Page count: Book & eBook / 139p

When Published: October 2014

Publisher / Place of Publication: Local Studies Section South Dublin Libraries / Unit 1, The Square Industrial Complex, Town Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

About: During the period 1938-1975, J.B. Malone wrote almost 1,000 articles on rambling, walking, cycling or driving to and in the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. Every article had a detailed sketch map of the route, drawn by himself. He was a leading figure in the establishment of the Wicklow Way in 1982. This book indexes all Malone’s articles published in the Evening Herald and makes it easy to locate his visits to individual places, mountains, hills and valleys.

ID number(s): 9780957511552

Contents: Foreword from Mayor Fintan Warfield – Introduction — Listing of Evening Herald Articles 1938 – 1975 — Index – Mountains — Index – Some Popular Locations – [List of Maps from Evening Herald articles drawn by J. B. Malone] Kilmashogue and Three Rock Mountain – Glenasmole — The Hellfire Club – Djouce – Lugnaquilla – Seahan — The Big Sugarloaf – Glendalough — Saggart Hill — Table Mountain.

WW Connection #1: Many of the routes described are located in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Includes ten sample 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 full text of this book via South Dublin Libraries website

A Novel Take on Family History

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© The Author

Full title: A Journey in Time [a novel]

Creator / Author: Maureen Francis Doyle

Item Type / Page count: Book / 387p [also available as an e-book]

When Published: 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: Outskirts Press Inc. / 10940 S. Parker Rd., 515 Parker, Colorado 80134, U.S.A.

About: This is a novel of Ireland, of famine, of emigration and of new lives forged in foreign lands. Using her personal family history and scaffolding the narrative with actual historical events the author, Maureen Francis Doyle, has created an utterly believable story. Her great grandfather, John Doyle, left Ireland in 1848, never to return. This book is one imagined scenario of his subsequent experiences. Numerous descendants of the Irish diaspora could have a similar story to tell, but it is doubtful if many could render it so skilfully and in such compelling fashion.

ID number(s): 9781478758709

Chapters: [Part I] A Note Before You Begin the Journey – Wicklow, Ireland – Thomas and Winfred – Samuel and Charlotte Castleford & The Lord Fitzpatrick Estate – Typhoid Fever – Time to Leave Ireland – The Shillelagh Workhouse – Probationary Ward and Employment — Journey to the Ship. [Part II] Sailing to America – Liverpool – Life at Sea – Quebec – The Orphan House – The Journey Continues – Kingston. [Part III] Arrival – The Farm – Potash and Settling in – Challenges – The Auction – The Family Arrives – A New Life – Grand Trunk Railroad & the First Real Christmas — The Wedding – A New Family and War – Newburgh Academy – William – The Keilty Saloon – The Boxing Match / William’s Departure – Joseph and Mary Francis – John – A Note on History by Jim Rees.

WW Connection #1: The family of the real-life John Doyle lived in the Coolkenno / Shillelagh area of in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “There is nothing colder than an Irish winter. John stood in the frigid air pulling his thin coat around him feeling the cold seep through the cloth….”

Extra #2: Link to the author’s website and blog.

Extra #3: Link to the Publisher’s website

Extra #4: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Hat-Tip: To the author, Maureen Francis Doyle, for making the book available for viewing prior to listing on this blog.

Booklet on Blackditches from 1906

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Full title: Blackditches: its traditions and its pastors

Creator / Author: T. M. O’Reilly

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 13p

When Published: 1906

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Author and/or Leinster Leader Printing Works [?] / Naas, Co. Kildare.

About:  T. M. O’Reilly from Ballyknockan was a local councillor and writer with a great appreciation of local history. According to Fr. Cantwell of Valleymount, he produced several pamphlets. This booklet mentions old churches and houses of prayer as well as sites of historical or archaeological interest. The derivations of placenames is also featured. The second part of the booklet deals with the various priests who have ministered in the area.

ID number(s): None

Extra #1: Link to the full text of this booklet via this page at blessington.jimdo.com.

Extra #2: Hat tip to John Hussey who maintains the Blessington.jimdo.com website for posting the text of this booklet online.

Extra #3: Browse the 1901 Census return for the author Thomas O’Reilly.

An Aul’ Church in Aghowle

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© The Publisher

Full title: Aghowle Church, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Text and images by Chris Corlett

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 6p

When Published: September 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: Archaeology Ireland / Media House, South County Business Park, Dublin 18.

About: This is a glossy A4 brochure which folds out to the equivalent of six A4-size pages. It is Number 54 in the Archaeology Ireland Heritage Guide Series. It is a profusely illustrated introduction to the remains of a twelfth-century church which the author indicates must have been “one of the largest rural parish churches of its day”. The site of the church was associated with St. Finnian, who flourished in the sixth-century.

ID number(s): None. The ID number 0790-892X printed on the brochure relates to the journal ‘Archaeology Ireland’.

Extra #1: includes several colour photographs, plus a plan, plus a map.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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

Extra #5: View the entry for ‘Aghowle’ in the Placenames Database of Ireland.

Black Day at Blackhill

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© The Publisher

Full title: The Last Flight of AD730: Hampden Bomber of No. 50 Squadron RAF

Creator / Author: Colin Hill

Item Type: Website / Publicly Accessible

Homepage  URL: http://www.csn.ul.ie/~dan/

When Viewed: Contents correct as of July 2014.

Publisher / Place of Publication: [The Dan Zone / Limerick]?

About: At about 4.30 in the morning of April 18th, 1941, an RAF Hampden bomber which was supposed to be on a bombing mission to Germany crashed east of Blessington at Blackhill, Lacken. All four crewmen perished. This account, by a brother of the pilot, was originally privately printed in Oxford in 2000, and attempts to piece together the events leading to the tragedy.

Contents: Foreword — What is known of last flight of AD730 — Background of the Hampden and its crews — The Operation of 17/18 April 1941 — How did AD730 come to reach Ireland — Appendices: 1. Operations on night of 17/18 April 1941 (Nos 44,50 & 83 Squadrons) — 2. Record of Hampden raids on Berlin — 3. Operational flights of P/O J.K. Hill — 4. Last letter of Sgt Lamb to his parents (16 April 1941) — 5. Fuller description of Hampden Bomber — 6. Sources and References.

Extra #1: Read the online chapters here.

Hat-Tip: To Dennis ‘Dan’ Burke for hosting this material online.

Rather Good Guide to Rathgall

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© JSTOR

Full title: Rathgall, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Text by Katharina Becker

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 6p

When Published: December 2010

Publisher / Place of Publication: Archaeology Ireland / Media House, South County Business Park, Dublin 18.

About: This is a glossy A4 brochure which folds out to the equivalent of six A4-size pages. It is Number 51 in the Archaeology Ireland Heritage Guide Series. It is a beautifully presented summation of what is known about the hillfort of Rathgall in South West Wicklow.

ID number(s): None. The ID number 0790-892X printed on the brochure relates to the journal ‘Archaeology Ireland’.

Contents: Introduction – Visible features – The excavation – Rathgall through time – The hillfort ramparts – The area within rampart 1 – The eastern area of industrial activity – The eastern Bronze Age burial complex – Iron Age, medieval and post-medieval activity – Further reading.

Extra #1: includes several colour photographs, plus plans, plus maps.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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

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