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A Shepherd’s Stories

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Full title: Tales and Yarns of Glendalough and the Wicklow Hills: told to John D. Vose by Bill Fanning, shepherd of Glendalough

Creator / Author: Bill Fanning [with John D. Vose]

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 48p

When Published: 1986

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wicklow Hills Publishing Company / County Wicklow.

About: Bill Fanning was a native of Roundwood and a sheep farmer. He had a wealth of stories and legends relating to the Wicklow Mountains. This is a collection of some of the tales that he told to John D. Vose between 1956 and 1985. The stories have proved so popular that the booklet has gone into a second edition.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Introducing the incorrigible Bill Fanning, shepherd of Glendalough — Fair days — Quare characters, tramps, tinkers and ‘chancers’ — Legends of St. Kevin – Childhood days — School days — Wakes and Missions — On the road to Lacken – Zellars O’Lacken – Wee folk, the Banshee and Will O’ the Wisp.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Buried in the Rath Field

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Full title: Cist Burial at Ballyknockan, Parish of Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: P.T. Walshe

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 2pp + photos

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Seventh Series, Volume 4 Number 2 pp. 259-260

When Published: December 1934

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

About: In 1934 the author of this article was made aware of a large stone on a lane on the lands of Charles Reilly of Ballyknockan in the parish of Kiltegan. The lane had been constructed some 50 years earlier by Mr. Reilly’s uncle and some bones had been uncovered. The author visited the site of the stone and carried out an investigation. This short report summarises the results of that investigation which concluded that the site located in a place known as the “rath field” contained a cremation burial.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes two black & white 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.

Men & Women of the Easter Rising

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Full title: Easter Dawn: the 1916 Rising

Creator / Author: Turtle Bunbury

Item Type / Page count: Book / 320p

When Published: 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: Mercier Press Ltd. / Unit 3b Oak House, Bessboro Rd, Blackrock, Cork, T12 D6CH

About: A popular but nevertheless substantial history of the 1916 Rising. The format intersperses the historical narrative with photographs and pen pictures of the principal participants. The book, which is lavishly illustrated throughout with rare contemporary photographs, provides a vivid and engaging account of this dramatic period in Irish history.

ID number(s): 9781781172582

Chapters: Abbreviations – Acknowledgements – [INTRODUCTION] Joseph McGarrity – [THE ORGANS OF REVOLUTION] The Cultural Organisations — Michael Collins — The Irish Republican Brotherhood — Bulmer Hobson — The Irish Citizen Army — Sean O’Casey — The Irish Volunteers — Eoin MacNeill — The Women of Ireland — Maud Gonne — Na Fianna Éireann — Constance Markievicz — The Hibernian Rifles — Desmond FitzGerald – [PREPARING FOR REBELLION] Arming the Volunteers — Sir Thomas Myles — The split in the Volunteers — Tom Kettle — O’Donovan Rossa’s Funeral –Patrick Pearse — Alliance With Germany and the Capture of Sir Roger Casement — John Devoy — Captain Robert Monteith — Captain Raimund Weisbach — Count von Bernstorff, the German Ambassador — The SS Aud — Diarmuid Lynch — Blinker Hall’s Naval Intelligence — Macneill’s countermand — Seán Mac Diarmada – [DUBLIN RISES] The Battle Commences — Tom Clarke — Seizing the GPO — Joseph Plunkett — Willie Pearse — Arthur ‘Boss’ Shields — Liberty Hall and HMS Helga — James Connolly — The Four Courts and North King Street — Ned Daly — Mendicity Institution: Heuston’s Fort — Seán Heuston — The Royal Dublin Fusiliers — Jacob’s Biscuit Factory — Thomas MacDonagh — Major John MacBride — Marsh’s Library — Michael O’Hanrahan — The South Dublin Union — Éamonn Ceannt — Con Colbert — Trinity College Dublin — St Stephen’s Green and The Royal College of Surgeons — Rosie Hackett — Attending to the Wounded — City Hall and Dublin Castle — Kathleen Lynn — The Pacifist and the Soldier — Boland’s Mill — The Battle of Mount Street Bridge — The End Comes — Michael Rahilly (The O’Rahilly) — John Loder/Lowe – [INSURRECTION ACROSS IRELAND] Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford – Co. Meath — Co. Galway — Denis McCullough — Co. Cork — The Kent Family – Co. Donegal — Patrick McCartan – The Aftermath of the Rebellion – Endnotes – Bibliography — Photo Credits – Index.

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: The US edition was published in 2015, under the title ‘The 1916 Rising: the Photographic Record’ (ID number 9781442244610).

Extra #5: Link to the Author’s website http://www.turtlebunbury.com

Extra #6: Link to the Publisher’s website.

Seeing the Woods AND the Trees

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Full title: If trees could talk: Wicklow’s trees and woodlands over four centuries

Creator / Author: Michael Carey

Item Type / Page count: Book / 290p

When Published: 2009

Publisher / Place of Publication: COFORD National Council for Forest Research and Development / Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Agriculture House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

About: Wicklow is the most forested county in Ireland. This book, which is aimed at a general readership, looks at the historical background to this. It also details the many uses of timber and timber products over the centuries. As well as being a history of Wicklow’s woodlands, it can also be seen somewhat as a history of rural Wicklow itself.

ID number(s): 1902696646

Chapters:  Acknowledgements – Preface – [Section 1. The Woodland Resource] – Historic background – How big was the woodland resource? – Gathering evidence on past woodland cover: Archaeology, Pollen analysis, Documentary record, Ecological survey, Place names, Iconography – Woodland in the ancient past in Ireland and Wicklow – Woodland cover in Wicklow in recent centuries – Visitors’ and commentators’ views on the woodland resource – Woodland cover clues from maps and surveys – Sixteenth and seventeenth century maps and documents – Seventeenth century surveys: The Civil Survey (1654-56), Seventeenth century Shillelagh land resource surveys, Other seventeenth century documentary sources, Survey of the Meath estate 1679 – Eighteenth century surveys: Woodland surveys of the Watson-Wentworth-Fitzwilliam estate (Coolattin estate) 1724-1764 – Miscellaneous eighteenth and nineteenth century maps and paintings: Bayly estate maps, Ballyarthur 1700 and 1810, Tighe estate, Rosanna, Ashford 1756-1820, Jacob Nevill map of Co. Wicklow 1760, Updated Nevill map 1798, Jacob Nevill map of the Powerscourt demesne 1763, Downshire estate maps, Blessington 1785-1806, Early nineteenth century estimate of woodland area (Fraser 1801), Evidence from eighteenth and nineteenth century paintings – The Ordnance Survey 1835-40 – 1841 Census of Ireland – Nineteenth and twentieth century photographic evidence of woodland – Twentieth century surveys: John Nisbet survey 1903 – Woodland expansion and transformation in the twentieth century – Summary – [Section 2. Tree planting over the centuries] Background to tree planting – Legislation on tree planting – The plant hunters – Eighteenth and nineteenth century planting initiatives: The Dublin Society, Tenant tree planting in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Tenant tree planting under the Tree Registration Scheme 1788-1905, Estate tree planting in eighteenth and nineteenth centuries- Watson-Wentworth-Fitzwilliam estate, Tighe estate at Rosanna, Ashford 1718-1874, Downshire estate-the Coronation Plantation, Planting at Charleville estate, 1840’s onwards, Kilmacurragh, Killruddery estate, Powerscourt, La Touche, Bellevue, Mount Usher and Glencormac Gardens, John Nisbet survey (nineteenth century estate planting) – Planting in the twentieth century: The Avondale initiative 1905-1915, Other recent twentieth century initiatives – [Section 3. Woodland industries] Introduction – Timber-using sectors: Ship building, House building and firewood, Pipe and barrel staves for the provision trade, Bark for tanning leather, Charcoal and iron smelting – Woodland business at Watson-Wentworth-Fitzwilliam estate in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries: The estate, Woodland business, Trespass and protection of the coppices, Summary, The twentieth century at the Watson-Wentworth-Fitzwilliam estate – Woodland business at the Tighe estate, Rosanna, Ashford — Woodland business at the Powerscourt estate, Enniskerry — Woodland business at the Ballyarthur estate, Avoca Valley — Woodland business at the Castle Howard estate, Avoca Valley — Woodland business in Wicklow in the twentieth century – Epilogue – Appendix 1 – Appendix 2 – Appendix 3 – Index.

WW Connection #1: Some of the key areas referred to in the text include Kilbride, Russborough, Tulfarris, Rathsallagh, Oakwood, Humewood and Coolattin.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Includes several colour photographs, maps, other illustrations and tables.

 

Tenth Baltinglass Parish Review

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Full title: The Review 2013: 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 / 84pp

When Published: 2013

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

About: This is the tenth 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 – Foreword / Mary Hanlon – Episcopal Ordination of Very Rev. Denis Nulty / Sr. Brigid – Angel of Light / Marie Halstead – Baltinglass Amateur Dramatics / Pauline Hayes – No Name Club – Baltinglass Local Training Initiative / Sandra Carroll & Pauline Hayes – Marguerite Salmon – Cillian’s Trip to Lesotho, South Africa / Cillian Burke – Wedding Snaps [Photo Gallery] – Bingo in Baltinglass / Frank Hunt – Tommy O’Connor: an appreciation – My Lovely Wicklow [poem] / John Candy – Celebrating 100 years in Education – The Lalor Centre in the Year of the Gathering / Pauline Balfe – Con Cronin’s Retirement – The Rev. Canon Mervyn A. McCullagh [obituary] — Scoil Chonglais Debs Class 2013 [photograph] – Baltinglass: a town to be proud of / Martin Blake – Remembering the Main Street Cookes / Orla O’Sullivan – Our Parish Harvest Festival – Replacing the Negative African Stereotype with the Beauty of my World / Roisin Mangan — Baltinglass Adult Learning Centre – Kiltegan’s Next Top Model / Gillian Burke – Blueboy’s Retirement / Mick Kehoe – Ten-day Trek to Annapurna Sanctuary / Declan Alcock – A.I.B Club is Family Skills Day / Theresa Dowling – Cliona and Mary’s Trip to Lourdes / Cliona Kavanagh & Mary Gohery – Guess Who? Where are they now? [Photo Gallery] – Slaney Brown [poem] / Kieran Alcock — Baltinglass Ladies G.A.A. Highlights for 2013 – Baltinglass G.A.A. – Baltinglass Juvenile G.A.A. – Doyle Family Gathering – [Photo Gallery] – Karl Furlong — [Kiddies page] – The Balloon Festival 21st, 22nd and 23rd June 2013 / Noel Lyons – Baltinglass Area Community Games 2013 / Liz Tyrrell – Get Vocal Choral Group / Mary Hickson – A Musical Evening in September / Colette L. Gethings – Greetings — Deaths in Baltinglass Parish 1st October 2012 to 30th September 2013 – Baltinglass Hospital – Memories of 2013 / Mary Ryder — Scoil Naomh Iosaf – School Athletics 2013 — Baptisms from 1st October 2012 to 30th September 2013 — Weddings 1st October 2012 to 30th September 2013 —     Punchestown / Seamie Donohue — Tearmann Community Garden – Dr. Mags Coyle [obituary] / Anne O’Connell – Mid-term in New York During the Hurricane / Patricia Lalor — College Life in the War Years Part 3 / Frank Hunt – Kildare & Leighlin Pilgrimage to Notre Dame / Mary Hayes — Stratford /Grangecon G.A.A. – Confirmations, Communions [photographs] .

Extra #1: Contains five full pages of photographs, not counting pictures included in individual articles.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Grave Markers in 18th Century Wicklow

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Full title: Here lyeth: the 18th-century headstones of Wicklow

Creator / Author: Christiaan Corlett. (edited and produced by Deirdre Burns)

Item Type / Page count: Book / 116p

When Published: November 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wicklow County Council / County Buildings, Wicklow Town, County Wicklow.

About: Perhaps Halloween is an appropriate occasion on which to showcase this publication. Gravestones have obvious genealogical value but in this book the author highlights the artistic quality and the social and religious background to the creation of headstones in 18th century Wicklow. Many of the examples shown are located in the southern and western half of the county. This book was published by the Heritage Office of Wicklow County Council as one of the outcomes of the County Wicklow Heritage Plan. It is lavishly illustrated with colour photographs in an A4 landscape format.

ID number(s):9780956912626

Chapters: Preface — Introduction — The Purple Slate Headstones — The Aughrim School of Granite — Denis Cullen of Monaseed – The Glendalough Mason — The Blue Slate Headstones — Stone Masons at the Turn of the 19th Century — Notes — Further Reading — Indexes.

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 the Author’s website: http://www.christiaancorlett.com/

A Prizewinning Debut Collection

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Full title: Antarctica [short stories]

Creator / Author: Claire Keegan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 209p

When Published: 1999

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber and Faber Limited / 3 Queen Square, London WC1N 3AU United Kingdom.

About: This is the author’s first collection of short stories and one that became the winner of the Rooney Prize for Literature for 2000. This annual prize is awarded for a body of work that the judges consider to have exceptional promise. The stories are set in the deep south of America and in Ireland, reflecting the author’s experience and assimilation of both environments. The stories were re-published as Book 14 in the Irish Independent Irish Women Writers Collection in 2007.

ID number(s):  9780571203468

Contents:  Acknowledgements — Antarctica — Love in the Tall Grass — Where the Water’s Deepest — The Ginger Rogers Sermon – Storms — The Singing Cashier — Burns — Quare Name for a Boy — Ride if You Dare — Men and Women — Sisters — A Scent of Winter — You Can’t Be Too Careful — The Burning Palms — Passport Soup.

WW Connection #1: The author was born and raised in the border area of Wicklow, Carlow and Wexford.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: A review from Reading Matters

Extra #4: These stories have been translated into, and published in, several foreign languages.

Households in Boystown Parish in middle of 19th century (2)

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Full title: Parish of Boystown

Creator / Author: Richard Griffith

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 10p

When Published: 1854

Publisher / Place of Publication: Alexander Thom and Sons for Her Majesty’s Stationary Office / 87 Abbey Street, Dublin.

Parent Publication [book]: County of Wicklow: valuation of the several tenements comprising that portion of the Union of Naas situate in the county above named / Richard Griffith, General Valuation Office / 27pp

About: The property tax system of 1850’s Ireland. It was the first major attempt at valuing property. This section lists householders in that part of the Parish of Boystown which is covered by the Poor Law Union of Naas. The remainder of the Parish of Boystown was within the area covered by the Poor Law Union of Baltinglass.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Ballinagee — Ballinahown — Ballyknockan — Ballynastockan — Ballynultagh — Boystown or Baltyboys Lower — Boystown or Baltyboys Upper — Carrig — Garryknock – Glenbride – Humphreystown – Kilbeg – Lackan – Lugnagroagh – Rathballylong – Sroughan — Tulfarris

Extra #1: Read the entries for GV Boystown Parish within Naas Union (pdf file).

Extra #2: Search Griffiths Valuation and link to contemporary maps at AskAboutIreland.ie

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #5: Link to the blog post for the part of GV Boystown Parish within Baltinglass Union

Weaving Down the King’s River Valley

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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.

19th-Century Catholic Ancestors from Baltinglass Parish

 

 

 

 

Full title: Baltinglass, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, 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 Sept 2016.

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 Baltinglass, a small part of which extends into County Kildare.

Contents:  These registers cover baptisms (1807-1881) and marriages (1810-1880) and deaths (1824-1830). 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 Baltinglass Parish

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

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