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Croppy Biddy Don’t Lie Down

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Full title: Bridget ‘Croppy Biddy’ Dolan: Wicklow’s anti-heroine of 1798

Creator / Author: Ruan O’Donnell

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 25pp

When Published: 1998

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

Parent Publication [book]: The Women of 1798 / edited by Dáire Keogh and Nicholas Furlong / 208pp

About: This book chapter (pp. 87-112) looks at the role played by ‘informant’ Bridget Dolan in the conviction of several United Irishmen for anti-government activities in the Wicklow area. The most high-profile trial that she was associated with was that of William ‘Billy’ Byrne of Ballymanus, which led to Byrne’s execution. The author explores the circumstances of the demonisation of Bridget Dolan whom he refers to as “one of the most interesting women to participate in the rebellion and its aftermath”.

ID number(s): 1851823587 / 185182359X

WW Connection #1: Bridget ‘Croppy Biddy’ Dolan was born and lived in Carnew in South West Wicklow in 1777.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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Instant Expertise on All Things Wicklow!

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Full title: The Little Book of Wicklow

Creator / Author: Chris Lawlor

Item Type / Page count: Book / 142pp

When Published: 2014

Publisher / Place of Publication: The History Press / 50 City Quay, Dublin 2

About: This recently launched book is a miscellany of short pieces on aspects of Wicklow’s history, personalities, social life and culture. It is a gentle introduction to the youngest county in Ireland and can be dipped in and out of at will.

ID number(s): 9781845888565

Contents: Introduction — Monastic Wicklow — Wicklow’s Great Houses — Wicklow Rebels — Crime and Punishment: Tales from Wicklow’s Dark Side — Wicked Wicklow Women — Poor Parnell: Wicklow’s Wronged Leader? — Trial and Retribution: The Only Black and Tan Executed in Ireland — The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921: The Wicklow Connection — Wicklow on the Silver Screen — Wicklow’s Historic Towns.

WW Connection #1: Apart from relevant subject matter, the author is a native of Dunlavin.

Extra #1: Includes several 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.

Extra #5: Link to the author’s blog.

Holt up in the Wicklow Mountains

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Full title: Rebellion in Wicklow: General Joseph Holt’s Personal Account of 1798

Creator / Author: Joseph Holt (edited by Peter O’Shaughnessy)

Item Type / Page count: Book / 176p

When Published: 1998

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

About: A first-hand account by a major participant in the 1798 Rebellion. Joseph Holt took the side of the Irish rebels and operated a guerilla campaign based in the Wicklow Mountains.  This book was published in the bicentenary year of the Rebellion.

ID number(s): 1851823662

Contents: Foreword — Preface — Calendar of events — Songs — Editor’s Introduction — The Life and Adventures of Joseph Holt, prior to his transportation, annotated — Editor’s Postscript – Appendices: [1] Some Opinions Regarding Joseph Holt – [2] Unrest in Wicklow in the Months Before the Rebellion – [3] The Battle of Ballyellis – [4] Croppy Biddy Dolan – [5] Informers’ Reports – [6] Documents Concerning Holt’s Surrender – [7] Thomas Hugo – [8] Holt Witnesses an ‘exemplary’ Flogging in New South Wales – Source References – Maps – Index.

WW Connection #1: Includes references to many locations in West Wicklow that are associated with the actions of Joseph Holt.

Extra #1: Includes map of locations in South Dublin, Wicklow and North Wexford..

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Search the contents of this book via the Hathi Trust website. Note: The fulltext of this book is not available here.

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