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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.

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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.

Writing About Wicklow

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Full title: Ordnance survey letters Wicklow and Carlow: letters relating to the antiquities of the counties of Wicklow and Carlow containing information collected during the progress of the ordnance survey 1838-1840.

Creator / Author: Michael Herity (editor)

Item Type / Page count: Book / 294pp

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Fourmasters Press / Dublin 4

About: The Ordnance Survey for Ireland was established in 1824. One of the projects involved a team, headed by the Irish scholar John O’Donovan, visiting the counties of Ireland and submitting by letter various information relating to their history, placenames, antiquities, architecture etc. This volume reprints the letters sent back to Dublin from Wicklow and Carlow. It should be noted that the places listed in the contents are the places from which the letters were sent, but the topics covered in the letters themselves range much more widely and together cover all locations in the county.

ID number(s): 9781903538197

Contents: (Wicklow only) Acknowledgements – Editor’s Note — The Curry Brothers, O’Donovan and O’Conor in Wicklow / Michael Herity — Bullaun Stones and Early Medieval Pilgrimage at Glendalough / David McGuinness — Enniskerry December 13th 1838, December 15th 1838, December 17th 1838 — Carlow December 18th 1838 — Bray December 22nd 1838 — Carlow December 26th 1838 — Bray December 27th 1838, December 29th 1838 — Baltinglass December 30th 1838, December 31st 1838 /Jan. 1st 1839, January 1st 1839, January 3rd 1839 — Newtown Mount Kennedy January 3rd 1839, January 5th 1839 — Rathdrum January 7th 1839 — Newtown Mount Kennedy January 8th 1839 — Blessington January 9th 1839, January 10th 1839 — Newtown Mount Kennedy January 11th 1839 — Blessington January 13th 1839, January 15th 1839 — Wicklow January 16th 1839 — Blessington January 16th 1839, January 18th 1839 — Wicklow January 19th 1839 — Blessington January 21st 1839, January 22nd 1839 — Wicklow January 22nd 1839 — Blessington January 23rd 1839, January 24th 1839 — Rathdrum January 24th 1839, January 24th 1839, January 26th 1839 — Arklow January 28th 1839, January 29th 1839, January 31st 1839, February 4th 1839 – [Letters from] J. O’Donovan March 30th 1840 — J. O’Donovan Account of Glendalough, April 7th/14th 1840 — H. Tucker September 14th 1839 — G. Petrie September 16th 1839 — H. Tucker March 23rd 1840 — H. Tucker March 24th 1840 — E James March 26th 1840 – Index.

Extra #1: Includes several illustrations 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 ‘Ordnance Survey of Ireland Letters’ page at AskAboutIreland.ie

Down by the Liffeyside in Medieval Times

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Full title: The Port of Medieval Dublin: archaeological excavations at the Civic Offices, Winetavern Street, Dublin, 1993

Creator / Author: Andrew Halpin, with contributions by Aidan O’Sullivan and others.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 189p

When Published: 2000

Publisher / Place of Publication: Four Courts Press Ltd. / Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8.

About: This book is a detailed account of archaeological investigations that took place during the second phase of the construction of the Civic Offices of Dublin Corporation at Wood Quay. Specifically this dig took place at the proposed location of the car park and uncovered evidence of 12th and 13th century activities at the site.

ID number(s): 1851825843 / 1851825851

Chapters: Introduction — Historical background — Stratigraphy of the site — The wooden waterfronts: a study of their construction, carpentry and use of trees and woodlands / Aidan O’Sullivan — Dendrochronological analysis of oak wood samples – Analysis of sediment samples — The medieval pottery — Medieval boat and ship timbers / Aidan O’Sullivan — Building materials: architectural fragments, roofing tiles and slates, floor tiles — The leather finds — The small finds: stone, metal, wood, bone and antler. Stone artefacts – Wooden artefacts / Aiden O’Sullivan and Mary Deevy — Metal artefacts – Artefacts of bone and antler – Conclusions – Bibliography.

WW Connection #1: Aidan O’Sullivan is a native of Valleymount in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes maps, plans, photographs and illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Link to Aidan O’Sullivan’s online presence on Academia.edu

Eighth Collection of Articles on West Wicklow History

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Full title: Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society: Number 8, 2015

Creator / Author: West Wicklow Historical Society & contributors, joint editors Chris Lawlor, Donal McDonnell

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / 148p

When Published: 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: West Wicklow Historical Society / Baltinglass (?), Co. Wicklow.

About: This eighth publication of a set of articles on aspects of West Wicklow history is the biggest issue yet. The articles span the centuries from c.1000 BC to modern times and feature locations from Hollywood to New South Wales. The most extensive article in this issue is by James O’Driscoll and concerns itself with the hillforts of the Baltinglass area and the techniques used in their construction.

ID number(s): 0790-1739

Contents: A word from the Chairman / Noel Lyons — Ramblings of the Secretary / Donal McDonnell — Editor’s Preface / Chris Lawlor — Tubber and the Castle Leslie connection: an overview of Tubber House and Demesne c. 1764-1824 / Emma Lyons – Hillfort construction at Baltinglass: building Ireland’s hillfort capital / James O’Driscoll — From crime to wine: The Claytons of New South Wales / Margaret Smith — Robert Pipho and the Baltinglass Rebellion / Brendan Corrigan — ‘Yes, this is Wicklow’: recovering George Francis Savage-Armstrong as a poet of Wicklow / Rosemary Raughter – Not so doddery: the Dunlavin solicitor, Mr. Dodd / Declan O’Connor — A Black and Tan executed / D.J. Kelly — A famous row between two publicans in 1886 / John Glennon — Rathdangan and Killamoate: my native area / Peadar C. Ó Cuilinn — In the shadow of Joseph Holt / Henry Austin — Death on a country road / James Scannell — Poor men and poor women / Joe McArdle – Two August 1911 cycling mishaps / James Scannell — The Dunlavin massacre: two ballads of 1798 / Chris Lawlor.

Extra #1: Illustrated throughout with black & white photographs, maps and drawings.

Extra #2 Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Laid to Rest in the White Field

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Full title: Excavation of Urn Burials at Clonshannon, Imaal, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: A. Mahr and L. Price

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 16pp

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Seventh Series, Volume 2 Number 1 pp. 75-90

When Published: June 1932

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

About: Around 1930, local farmer James Kavanagh uncovered an ancient grave while ploughing in a field known as the White Field. He replaced the cover stone and remembered that his father had uncovered other similar remains in the same field some forty years earlier. In 1931 word of these finds was passed on to the authors by Edward O’Toole. Excavations of the two sites were carried out in 1931 and on a third grave in 1932. Much of this article is taken up with a scholarly discussion on the pottery urns and vessels found during the excavations. The authors estimate the date of the burials to be around 700BC and they may very well have belonged to the same family group.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes several illustrations, black & white photographs and 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 article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

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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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.

The Riddle of the Mounds

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Full title: Excavation of a Mound at Blessington, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Helen M. Roe and Ellen Prendergast

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 12pp + photographs

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Volume 76 (1), pp. 1-12

When Published: April 1946

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

About: Thanks to money donated by members of the R.S.A.I., an excavation fund was established in 1945. Some of this fund was utilised to perform an excavation on one of five low earthen mounds in a field outside Blessington. The evidence that was uncovered points to a timeframe from medieval times to late eighteenth-century. However no definitive function has been ascribed to the monument. The article speculates that the mounds may even have been part of an unfinished grand landscaping plan in the grounds of the Marquis of Downshire.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: Includes a plan & photograph of the site as well as illustrations and photograph of finds.

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.

Wicklowman Testing Westmeath Waters

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Full title: Coolure Demesne Crannog, Lough Derravaragh: an introduction to its archaeology and landscapes

Creator / Author: Aidan O’Sullivan, Rob Sands, Eamonn P. Kelly and contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 139p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wordwell Ltd. / P.O. Box 69, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

About: This book is the result of a Heritage Council-funded project that was conducted mainly during the summer of 2004. The authors investigated the most prominent crannog or lake dwelling at Lough Derravaragh in County Westmeath and have produced a preliminary but detailed report which describes the site and its artefacts and which places it in both its pre-historic and historic context. It may be of interest to note that Lough Derravaragh is the location of the principal events in the ‘Children of Lir’ saga where the children were condemned to live as swans for 300 years.

ID number(s):9781905569106

Chapters: Preface — Acknowledgements – Introduction — Artefact analysis — Dating frameworks and implications — Palaeoenvironmental studies – An island in time: Coolure Demesne Crannog in context — Summary and prospect — Appendices: A: Description of the 2004 investigations — B: Test-pit context descriptions — C: Palaeoenvironmental assesments — D: Catalogue of finds from Lough Derravaragh in the NMI — E: Catalogue of metal-detected finds recovered in 2004 – Catalogue of crannogs found on Lough Derravaragh – Bibliography – Index.

WW Connection #1: Co-author, Aidan O’Sullivan is a native of Valleymount in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes colour photographs, maps and plans.

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 online presence on Academia.edu [Registered users can read / download selected documents]

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