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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.

Another Stylish CK Story

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Full title: Foster [a novella]

Creator / Author: Claire Keegan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 89p

When Published: 2010

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber and Faber Limited / Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DA United Kingdom.

About: The Oxford English Dictionary defines a novella as “a short novel or a long short story” Following on from two previous collections of short stories that were published to critical acclaim, the author now takes an opportunity to experiment with a slightly longer form. In this work, she relates the story of a young girl who is taken to live with foster parents. Gradually, the girl settles in and becomes very happy with the new situation. However, a dark secret remains to be revealed. ‘Foster’ won the Davy Byrnes Award for 2009. It first appeared in the New Yorker magazine, but this edition presents a revised and expanded version.

ID number(s):  9780571255658

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

Extra #1: Opening line: ”Early on a Sunday, after first Mass in Clonegal, my father, instead of taking me home, drives deep into Wexford towards the coast where my mother’s people come from…”

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Link to reviews on Goodreads

Extra #4: Link to the original version of this story, courtesy of The New Yorker

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

Households in Burgage Parish in middle of 19th century

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Full title: Parish of Burgage

Creator / Author: Richard Griffith

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / eDoc / 2p

When Published: 1853

Publisher / Place of Publication: Alexander Thom and Sons for Her Majesty’s Stationary Office / 87 & 88 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 the Parish of Burgage in West Wicklow, part of the area covered by the Poor Law Union of Naas in Co. Kildare.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Burgage More – Burgage Moyle – Glashina – Russborough — Russellstown.

Extra #1: Read the entries for GV Burgage Parish (pdf file).

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

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

A Very Strenuous Route

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Full title: Lugnaquillia and the Glen of Imaal

Creator / Author: David Herman, photography by Michael J. Stead

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 6p

When Published: 1995

Publisher / Place of Publication: Ward Lock / London.

Parent Publication [book]: Ireland: walker’s companion / by David Herman / 128pp

About: This is one of 23 walks that the author describes in a handy guide. He regards it as a ‘very strenuous route’ which covers over 15 miles starting and ending at the Glen of Imaal. It includes a detailed route description and map and comments on features of interest.

ID number(s): 0706373529 / 1860198791

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Includes map and two colour photographs.

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.

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.

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