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Crannogs and Their Uses up to 1650

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Full title: Crannogs in Late Medieval Gaelic Ireland, c.1350-c.1650

Creator / Author: Aidan O’Sullivan

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 21p

When Published: 2001 (hardback); 2004 (paperback)

Publisher / Place of Publication: Four Courts Press Ltd. / 7 Malpas Street, Dublin 8

Parent Publication [book]: Gaelic Ireland c.1250-c.1650: land, lordship and settlement / edited by Patrick J. Duffy, David Edwards and Elizabeth FitzPatrick / 454pp

About: Crannogs were artificial islands built in lakes or swamps. In this chapter (pp397-417), the author argues that up to now attention has been paid only to their early origin and use. He discusses the range of materials and artifacts found in crannogs and makes use of historical evidence to suggest that they continued to have various functions right up the middle of the seventeenth century.

ID number(s): 1851828001 / 1851828664

Contents: Origins, construction and occupation – Late medieval re-occupation – Crannogs as Gaelic settlements in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries – Crannogs as Gaelic settlements in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries: the end of the tradition – Crannogs as refuges for the Gaelic Irish in the seventeenth century: the final years – Conclusion.

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

Extra #1: includes maps, a photograph and other 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 the author’s online presence on Academia.edu

Wicklow for Beginners

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Full title: A History of County Wicklow

Creator / Author: Arthur Flynn

Item Type / Page count: Book / 166p

When Published: 2003

Publisher / Place of Publication: Gill and Macmillan / Hume Avenue, Park West, Dublin 12

About: This book is a general overview of the County of Wicklow. While some of the material is no longer current, the historical background is well presented and is a useful introduction to the subject. Chapter 8 contains neat descriptions of 16 towns and villages within the county.

ID number(s): 0717134857

Chapters:  Acknowledgements – Introduction – Antiquity – The Christian Era – The Middle Ages – The Early Modern Period – From Grattan to Parnell – Industries – The Towns – Communication and Travel – Visitors to Co. Wicklow in the Nineteenth Century – Modern Times – Famous Links with Co. Wicklow – The Arts – Tourism and Sport – Appendix 1: Census of Population – Appendix 2: Public Representatives for Co. Wicklow – Select Bibliography – Index.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Includes sixteen pages of b/w photographs.

Ninth Collection of Articles on West Wicklow History

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Full title: Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society: Number 9, 2017

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

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / 170p

When Published: 2017

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

About: This ninth publication of a set of articles on aspects of West Wicklow history is the most substantial yet with articles of the highest quality. A diverse range of topics is covered from medieval stone lamps and sheep wash-holes to the Plymouth Brethren and railway accidents. The most extensive article in this issue is by Chris Lawlor which looks at the impact of the Civil War on ordinary citizens as reflected in compensation claim records. Overall this publication makes a most appealing Christmas stocking-filler for anyone interested in West Wicklow history.

ID number(s): 0790-1739

Contents: Foreword from the Chairman / John A. O’Toole — Ramblings of the Secretary / Donal McDonnell — Editor’s Preface / Chris Lawlor — Archaeological excavation on Baltinglass Hill – Lathaleere – the evolution of a place-name / Paul Gorry — Death in the Glen of Imaal – 16th September 1941 / James Scannell — The Plymouth Brethren and the Baltinglass connection / Cora Crampton – The Boyestowne Lordship: Baltyboys, Tulfarris & Humphreystown 1650-1850 [Part One] / Brendan Corrigan — County Wicklow Grand Jury 1793 – William Hanbidge’s recollections of wool-weaving in the 1820’s / John Hussey — A light into medieval Ireland: some thoughts on cresset-stones and a previously undocumented example from Newry townland, southwest Wicklow / Lorcan Harney — Denis Gavin and Ellen Murphy: early Queensland pioneers / Pauleen Cass — Odd fish in West Wicklow / Christopher Moriarty — Sheep wash-holes in West Wicklow / Seamus Balfe and John Hussey — A fatal accident on the Dublin & Blessington tram line in 1912 / James Scannell — Ernest Molyneux of The Decoy / Tom Molyneux – Tuckmills in West Wicklow / John Hussey — Trouble with the points / James Scannell – Three men and a (little) mountain / Brian McCabe – Raids, requisitions and recompense: the Civil War’s impact on West Wicklow, 1922-3 / Chris Lawlor – Review: Brendan Corrigan’s The History of Hollywood Co Wicklow / John Glennon.

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

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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

Grave Slabs From Hollywood and Further Afield

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Full title: The Hollywood Slabs: Some Late Medieval Grave Slabs from West Wicklow and Neighbouring Counties

Creator / Author: Christiaan Corlett

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 25p

Journal Information: Journal of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Vol. 133, pp. 86-110

When Published: 2003

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland / 63 Merrion Square South, Dublin 2

About: The author first discovered this type of grave slab in Hollywood in West Wicklow. He coined the term ‘Hollywood Slabs’ to describe them, although there are now many more such slabs to be found outside of the Hollywood area. The slabs date from the medieval period and have distinctive characteristics. This article lists and describes all such slabs known to the author at the time of writing.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: includes five pages of black/white photographs and numerous illustrations.

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.

Extra #5: Visit the author’s website & blog

Extra #6: Link to the author’s page on Academia.edu

Extra #7: For an update to this article see the author’s blog entry

An Easter Excavation

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Full title: Report on Excavation Recently Conducted in Killeen Cormac, Co. Kildare

Creator / Author: R. A. S. Macalister and R. Lloyd Praeger

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 15p text + 5p (plan & photographs)

Journal Information: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Vol. 38, (1928-1929), pp. 247-261

When Published: 1929

Publisher / Place of Publication: Royal Irish Academy / Dawson Street, Dublin

About: This is an account of an excavation at the ancient graveyard of Killeen Cormac, near Dunlavin which took place around Easter in 1929. The excavation discounts an earlier theory that the mound-shaped cemetery contained chambers of pre-historic origin. Likewise, no evidence was found for the presence of a church. The authors then concentrated on various pillar-stones, some with Ogham inscriptions and some without as well as slabstones with cross designs.  Detailed descriptions are provided for each of the examples given.

Extra #1: includes plan of the cemetery, illustrations and four pages of photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Read the article online via the JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

Archaeological Allsorts

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Full title: Archaeological Inventory of County Wicklow

Creator / Author: Compiled by Eoin Grogan and Annaba Kilfeather

Item Type / Page count: Book / 258pp

When Published: 1997

Publisher / Place of Publication: Stationery Office / Dublin.

About: This book is part of a series produced by the Archaeological Survey of Ireland, which aims to list all known archaeological monuments in each county. This Wicklow catalogue alone lists 1200 sites. It would be invidious to pick out just some places of major importance. Suffice to say that no matter what part of West Wicklow you come from, there is sure to be at least one item of archaeological interest listed here.

ID number(s): 0707649439

Chapters: Introduction – Flint Scatters  – Megalithic Tombs – Neolithic Single Burials –Bronze Age Burials — Barrows – Cairns – Ring-cairns – Tumuli — Rock Art – Stone Circles — Standing Stones – Fulachta Fiadh – Miscellaneous Burials – Hillforts – Coastal Promontory Forts – Ringforts – Souterrains – Enclosures – Earthworks – Settlement Sites – Toghers and Roads – Ecclesiastical Sites – Medieval Monastic Sites – Graveyards and Burial Grounds – Children’s Burial Grounds — Ecclesiastical Miscellanea – Bullaun Stones – Ogham Stones – Wayside Cross – Holy Wells – Moated Sites – Rectangular Enclosures – Medieval Earthwork Castles – Anglo-Norman Stone Fortresses – Hall House – Sites of Castles – Tower Houses – Fortified Houses – Historic Towns – Later Houses – Mills and Millstones – Charcoal and Ironworking Sites – Sweathouses – Battlefields – Glossary – Bibliography – Subject and Townland Indexes – Location Maps.

Extra #1: Contains many photographs both colour and black & white.

Extra #2: Contains 23 pages of locations maps.

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 Archaeological Survey Database Online and plot these features on current and historical maps.

A Little Miscellany of Things and Times Past

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Full title: Archaeological Jottings from the Neighbourhood of Baltinglass

Creator / Author: Charles M. Drury

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 7p

Journal Information: Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society, Vol. IV, No. 2, pp. 148-154

When Published: 1903

Publisher / Place of Publication: E. Ponsonby / 116 Grafton Street, Dublin.

About:   An article by this Grangecon author on various archaeological features known to him as well as historical snippets gleaned from conversations with locals. The area covered ranges widely from Glen of Imaal to the Carlow border. The amount of information on each topic is relatively sparse and probably deserves fuller treatment. The biggest section of the article is given over to the family of Rev. Benjamin Neale.

ID number(s): 0332-0782

Extra #1: includes some rough illustrations and the Neale Family coat-of-arms.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Browse the 1901 Census entry for the author of this article.

Extra #5: Visit the County Kildare Archaeology Society website.

Evidence of North West Wicklow’s Oldest Inhabitants

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Full title: Stone and Bronze Age Antiquities of the Barony of Lower Talbotstown, County Wicklow; with a description of the excavation of Haylands Mote, near Blessington

Creator / Author: L. Price and P. T. Walshe

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 22p

Journal Information: Journal of The Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Seventh Series, Volume 3, Number 1, pp. 46-67

When Published: June 1933

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

About: In 1932, the authors excavated an ancient mound at Haylands, near Blessington and discovered a Bronze Age burial. This prompted them to investigate similar burials that were recorded for the locality and to carry out a review of all Stone Age and Bronze Age monuments and objects to be found in the wider barony of Lower Talbotstown.

ID number(s): 0035-9106

Extra #1: includes map, 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: Read this article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

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