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Berlin Beckons for Baltinglass Detective

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Full title: The City of Lies: a Stefan Gillespie novel

Creator / Author: Michael Russell

Item Type / Page count: Book / 355p

When Published: 2017

Publisher / Place of Publication: Constable / Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ.

About: This is the fourth book in a series of historical crime fiction featuring the West Wicklow based Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie. A number of deadly incidents in 1940 entangles our hero in the intelligence services of Ireland, Britain and Germany and the action gets serious when he is dispatched to Berlin on a sensitive mission.

ID number(s): 9781472121974

WW Connection #1: The hometown of the main character is given as Baltinglass.

WW Connection #2: The author is a resident of the Baltinglass / Kiltegan area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “The town of Dunlavin sits on the edge of the great, flat pan of fields and fens that make up a large part of the middle of Ireland…”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

The Building of Carlow Cathedral

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Full title: From Chapel to Cathedral

Creator / Author: Fr. Tom McDonnell

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 3p

Journal Information: The Carlovian: Carlow College Magazine, Volume 46, pp. 7-9

When Published: 1997

Publisher / Place of Publication: St. Patrick’s College / Carlow

About: On June 22nd, 1997, Carlow Cathedral was re-opened and re-dedicated following a somewhat controversial re-ordering and renovation. This short article chronicles the early history of the building which was transformed from a parish chapel erected in the 1780s’ to a Cathedral in 1833. Accompanying the article is a short biography of the architect responsible, Thomas Alfred Cobden.

ID number(s): 0790-0805

WW Connection #1: The author was a native of Baltinglass.

Extra #1: Includes one black & white photograph.

Extra #2: Page 25 of this publication includes a photograph of the author.

Extra #3: Pages 42-46 of this publication comprise colour photographs of the rededication ceremony of the Cathedral in 1997.

Extra #4: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

A Detective Locklear Mystery (1)

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Full title: The Pact [a novel]

Creator / Author: Carol Coffey

Item Type / Page count: Book / 312p

When Published: 2018

Publisher / Place of Publication: Poolbeg Crimson / Poolbeg Press 123 Grange Hill, Baldoyle, Dublin 13.

About: This novel marks a new departure for the author as it is her first detective novel. It introduces Sergeant Locklear, a Native American who is a homicide detective with the Richmond Police Department. Locklear and his colleagues set about investigating the attempted murder of a young Mennonite, but without the co-operation of locals, things become increasingly difficult. The book is the first of a series featuring Sergeant Locklear.

ID number(s): 9781781998199

WW Connection #1: The author lives in the Baltinglass area of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: ‘The 5 a.m. call from Lieutenant Alex Kowalski had woken Locklear from a fitful night’s rest…..’

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

A Sisterly Saga

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Full title: Winter Flowers [a novel]

Creator / Author: Carol Coffey

Item Type / Page count: Book / 322p

When Published: 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: Poolbeg Press / 123 Grange Hill, Baldoyle, Dublin 13.

About: Two sisters, but many secrets. Iris and Hazel must come to terms with their past before a settled future can ever be contemplated. A novel of family relationships that mixes despair with hope. Can there be a ‘happy ever after’ for one or both of the sisters?

ID number(s): 9781842235027 / 9781842234587

WW Connection #1: The author lives in the Baltinglass area of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: “Iris Fay, are you in there?” The man’s voice boomed from outside the rundown shop as he knocked heavily on the door.’

Extra #2: Some editions include a preview of the first chapter of the book ‘The Penance Room’, written by the same author.

Extra #3: The novel has been translated into German.

Extra #4: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

The Fighting Irish of WWI

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Full title: The Glorious Madness: tales of the Irish and the Great War

Creator / Author: Turtle Bunbury

Item Type / Page count: Book / 338p

When Published: 2014

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

About: The story of World War I as told through the eyes of Irish heroes and heroines of the conflict. Entries range from single-paragraph anecdotes to multi-page chapters and include people like nuns, artists, sportsmen, poets, aristocrats, nationalists, nurses, clergymen and film directors. This is not a dry, dusty history but the experiences of real people told in the author’s trademark engaging style.

ID number(s): 9780717162345

Chapters: Introduction — PART ONE: THE WESTERN FRONT — The Western Front — The Irish Dames of Ypres — Jack Judge-the man who wrote ‘Tipperary’ — Hoppy Hardy-the multiple escaper — Charles FitzClarence- Kildare’s Royal VC winner — Lord Desmond FitzGerald and the Micks — Irish Rugby players on the Western Front — Captain DD Sheehan, MP for Mid-Cork — The short army career of Private Kit Conway — Major General Louis Lipsett, CBE, MC (1874–1918) — Woodbine Willie- the soldiers’ poet — Hill 16-legends of the rubble — Tom MacGreevy-modernist poet (1893–1967) — Tom Kettle and Emmet Dalton-mad guns and invisible wands — Sir William Orpen — Liam O’Flaherty-an Aran Islander at war — The Irish air aces — PART TWO: THE DARNADELLES — The Dardanelles — Sackville Carden and the naval attack on the Dardanelles — Admiral Jack de Robeck (1862–1928) — Admiral Francis Kennedy, CB (1862–1939) — The Battle of Seddelbahr — The Dublin Pals and Suvla Bay — Rough Fitzgerald and the Order of the White Feather — Cecil Parke-the original Clones Cyclone — Brian Desmond Hurst–the Empress of Gallipoli — General Godley and the ANZACs — Arthur Corrie Lewin, DSO-aviator extraordinaire — PART THREE: FORGOTTEN FRONTS — Forgotten Fronts — Sky patrol with Erskine Childers — Hibernia and the Senussi of Libya — The Eagle of Trieste — Knox D’Arcy-the man who oiled the Royal Navy — Gunner Tom Barry and the Siege of Kut — Nurse Colhoun and the bombing of Vertekop — Father Kavanagh and the Sinai-Palestine Campaign — Colonel Alexander and the spear-point pump — Sergeant Major Flora Sandes, Serbian Army – Notes — Bibliography.

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

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

Baltinglass Detective Reigns in Spain

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Full title: The City in Darkness: a Stefan Gillespie novel

Creator / Author: Michael Russell

Item Type / Page count: Book / 338p

When Published: 2016

Publisher / Place of Publication: Constable / Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ.

About: This is the third book in a series of historical crime fiction featuring the West Wicklow based Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie. The action ranges from the Wicklow Mountains through Dublin and on to Spain and Portugal. The book is set in the early 1940’s which allows the author scope to use Second World War Europe and the ‘Emergency’ period in Ireland as backdrop to the story.

ID number(s): 9781472121929 / 9781472121912 / 9781472121943

WW Connection #1: The hometown of the main character is given as Baltinglass.

WW Connection #2: The author is a resident of the Baltinglass / Kiltegan area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “There was barely a whisper of mist on the Upper Lake, a softness in the air where the water rippled among reeds and lapped on the pebble beach at the eastern end…”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Read a review of this book courtesy of Irish Examiner newspaper

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.

An Architect’s Legacy in Carlow

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Full title: Thomas A. Cobden, 1794-1842: An Architect in County Carlow

Creator / Author: Thomas McDonnell

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 28pp

When Published: 2008

Publisher / Place of Publication: Geography Publications / 24 Kennington Road, Templeogue, Dublin 6W.

Parent Publication [book]: Carlow: history & society. Interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish county / edited by Thomas McGrath / 1070pp

About: This essay is an introduction to the life and works of the English-born architect, Thomas Cobden. Although not that well known to a wider audience, the author argues that the range and breath of his work in Carlow and its vicinity deserves more recognition.

ID number(s): 9780906602386

Contents Cobden’s life – Cobden’s works – Church buildings – Carlow Presbyterian Chapel – Killeshin Chapel – Carlow Cathedral – Presentation Convent Chapel – St. Mary’s Church, Carlow — Tullow Churches – St. Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown — Borris Schoolhouse – Staplestown Church – Carlow Graig Chapel – Hacketstown Chapel – Down Cathedral – Carlow College – Other work – Exhibits at the R.A. and R.H.A. – Conclusion – Thomas Alfred Cobden: a chronological table – Acknowledgements – References.

WW Connection #1: The author, a Catholic priest, was a native of Baltinglass.

Extra #1: Includes several photographs.

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 Publisher’s website:  http://www.geographypublications.com/

 

A Millennium and a Half of Tullow History

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Full title: Tullow – from Medieval Manor to Market Town

Creator / Author: Margaret Murphy

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 23pp

When Published: 2008

Publisher / Place of Publication: Geography Publications / 24 Kennington Road, Templeogue, Dublin 6W.

Parent Publication [book]: Carlow: history & society. Interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish county / edited by Thomas McGrath / 1070pp

About: A history of Tullow in County Carlow from around the fifth century to beginning of the nineteenth century. In particular the article describes how Tullow survived the transition from a medieval manor to a thriving market town. The author cites the resilience of its people (both native and settler) as the defining characteristic of this period of its history.

ID number(s): 9780906602386

Contents Introduction – Before the Anglo-Normans – After the conquest – The castle and town – Parish church and friary – Mills and weirs – Demesne lands – Tenants — The fourteenth to sixteenth centuries – The post-medieval period — Conclusions – Acknowledgements – Appendix 1: Account of Walter Miller of the ward of Tullow from Tuesday after Michaelmas in the 13th year of King Edward to Michaelmas in the 14th year of King Edward that is for three terms [1265-6] — References.

WW Connection #1: The Manor of Tullow would have extended into parts of West Wicklow such as the areas around Rathgall and Aghowle.

WW Connection #2: The author is a native of Baltinglass.

Extra #1: Includes three maps and two 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 Publisher’s website:  http://www.geographypublications.com/

Baltinglass Detective in the Big Apple

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Full title: The City of Strangers [a novel]

Creator / Author: Michael Russell

Item Type / Page count: Book / 486p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Avon / 77-85 Fulham Place Road, London W6 8JB.

About: Another adventure for the West Wicklow based detective, Garda Sergeant Stefan Gillespie. A suspected murderer of a woman in Dublin becomes a fugitive and our hero is sent to New York to bring him back to face justice. However, that is just the start of the story and when Stefan bumps into an old friend in New York, things take a more complicated turn.

ID number(s): 9781847563477

WW Connection #1: The hometown of the main character is given as Baltinglass.

WW Connection #2: The author is a resident of the Baltinglass / Kiltegan area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “The storm did not come suddenly. All day the wind from the Atlantic has blown hard and cold and fast against Pallas Strand…”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Read a review courtesy of writing.ie

 

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