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Noelle Keogh’s Carnew Collection

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© Noelle Keogh

Full title: Carnew: a Town of History & Heritage

Creator / Author:  Noelle Keogh [Co-ordinator, designer and editor]

Item Type / Page count: Book / 264p

When Published: 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: [The Author] / Carnew, Co. Wicklow.

About: A most interesting compilation of photographs, historical book extracts, articles and short pieces. A large number of the articles had their origin in interviews with some local residents. The editor / co-ordinator has produced a unique and substantial collection of material relating to Carnew. There has been considerable local interest in this publication, resulting in all copies being quickly sold out.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Disclaimer – Introduction – [ABOUR CARNEW] Extract from Lewis’s Topographical Dictionary of Ireland 1837 — Extract from the Parliamentary Gazetteer of Ireland 1844-1845 – Extract from Slater’s Directory 1894 – My Memories of Carnew (taken from an interview with Andy Brennan) – [BUSINESSES] Public Houses — Shops – Post Office & Bank — Butchers – Bakers — [TRADES AND MANUFACTURING] Blacksmiths and Forges – Occupations & Trades (taken from an interview with John McEvoy) – Tailors, Drapers & Shoemakers — Manufacturing – Kilcavan Quarry (taken from an interview with John Wilkinson) – Picture Gallery – [EDUCATION] Carnew National School – School Days (taken from an interview with Bill Molloy) – Picture Gallery including 1923 School Roll — All Saints National School – Documentation on School Dispute – Coláiste Bhríde – The First Class – Picture Gallery – Other Schools – [RELIGION] Religion (taken from an interview with John McEvoy) – All Saints Church – St. Brigid’s Church – Church of the Most Holy Rosary – Wesleyan Chapel – [AGRICULTURE] Fowl Market – Castle Dairy – Fairs & Marts (taken from an interview with John Wilkinson) – Ploughing Matches – Agricultural Show — Threshing – Corn Mills – My Memories of the Threshing (taken from an interview with John Wilkinson) – Agricultural Work (taken from an interview with Bill Molloy) – [SPORTS AND RECREATION] Horse Racing — Cricket — GAA – Carnew Emmets GAA Club / by Etty Kilbride – Photo Gallery — Tennis – Sports Day – Recreation — Music – At Home Week – [LAW AND ORDER] (taken from an interview with John Wilkinson) – [MILITARY] Military Records up to and including World War 1 – World War 2 (taken from an interview with John Wilkinson) – Memories of World War 2 (taken from an interview with John McEvoy) – [THEN AND NOW] Photo Gallery – [1798] Information from Interviews – Unrecorded Account as Told by an Old Resident – [CARNEW CASTLE] – [LANDLORDS] – Fitzwilliams — Landlords – Big Houses – [FAMINE] — The Poor House (taken from an interview with John McEvoy) – [EMIGRATION] – [MEDICAL] [RURAL ELECTRIFICATION] Working on the Rural Electrification (taken from an interview with Andy Brennan) – [SNOW OF 1947] (taken from an interview with John McEvoy).

Extra #1: Profusely illustrated with photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Russborough Through the Years

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Full title: The Story of Russborough House

Creator / Author: Valerie Ryan

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 42p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Prince Publications / [Main Street, Naas, Co. Kildare]

About: This is a compact publication which packs a lot of information into its 42 pages. It chronicles the major events associated with the house from its foundation in the 18th century up until 1974. In addition, a complete list is provided of the owners and heirs of Russborough House throughout the years. Overall, it is an easy to read introduction to West Wicklow’s finest house.

ID number(s): 9780992652708

Contents: Introduction – Before Russborough – [1741] The story of Russborough begins – Russellstown – [1744] Paintings and furniture from Europe – [1750] Art and portraits from the Second Grand Tour – Four new paintings – Grand Kildare friends pay a Spring visit to Russborough’s waterfall – [1763] Joseph Leeson becomes the Earl of Milltown – [1798] The Rebellion and Russborough House – [1814] Russborough House had never been seen in better condition – A grandson becomes the Fourth Earl of Milltown – [1765] Wedding in the Music Room – [1861] The Prince of Wales pays a visit – A wedding before Christmas – [1871] The winds of change at Russborough – [1906] – The National Gallery of Ireland extended to house the contents of Russborough House – [1914] An inquest at Russborough – Paintings returned on loan to Russborough House – [1930] A gift for the new Irish State? – [1931] A home from home for the Daly Family – [1934] A Hunt Ball at Russborough – [1946] Daily life at Russborough in the 1940’s – Who was going to buy Russborough House? – [1952] A proposal under the Portrait of a Woman in a Black Dress – [1957] A Christmas Party at Russborough – [1974] A second gift to the State – Acknowledgements – Sources – At a glance-the owners and heirs through the years.

Extra #1: includes several photographs and illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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.

Russborough : a Plea for its Future

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Full title: What Now for Russborough?

Creator / Author: Desmond Fitzgerald / Sir Alfred Beit / John Mulcahy

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 6p

Journal Information: Irish Arts Review, Vol. 22, Number 4, pp. 120-125

When Published: Winter, 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Arts Review / Dublin

About: This feature is a composite article comprising a republishing of the text of a concise account of the history and heritage of the building and its contents originally written by Sir Alfred Beit in booklet form in 1978 together with a much shorter opinion piece on its future development by Desmond Fitzgerald, President of the Irish Georgian Society, plus a paragraph on the Alfred Beit Foundation. It would now seem that the concerns of Mr. Fitzgerald regarding the future of Russborough have been allayed by the continuing increase in its popularity as a cultural and tourism destination.

ID number(s): 1649-217x

Contents: Russborough, Blessington, County Wicklow / Sir Alfred Beit — The Alfred Beit Foundation / John Mulcahy — Some thoughts on Russborough / Desmond Fitzgerald.

Extra #1: includes several colour photographs

Extra #2: Read this article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #5: Check our blog entry for the booklet containing the original article by Sir Alfred Beit.

Blessington House No More

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© JSTOR

Full title: The Building of the Mansion at Blessington, 1672

Creator / Author: Brian de Breffny

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 5p

Journal Information: The GPA Irish Arts Review Yearbook, pp. 73-77

When Published: 1988

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Arts Review / Dublin

About: In 1667, Archbishop Michael Boyle purchased the old Norman Lordship of The Three Castles and was granted a royal charter to establish the town of Blessington. He set about building a fine big house to be his residence. This article deals with the contract which was drawn up for the building of Blessington House and looks at the financial and construction aspects of what was a major project at the time. The mansion was destroyed during the rebellion of 1798.

ID number(s): 1649-217X / 0790-178X

Extra #1: includes black & white engraving plus elevation and ground plan.

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.

More than a Beit-sized Plan

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© Heritage Council

Full title: Russborough County Wicklow Conservation Plan

Creator / Author: The integrated conservation group for The Heritage Council and The Alfred Beit Foundation

Item Type / Page count: Book / 93p

When Published: 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Heritage Council / Áras na hOidhreachta, Church Lane, Kilkenny

About: A thorough and insightful report, which perhaps for the first time, puts the significance of the house and its grounds fully into the public record. It details the history, profiles the current state of the property and provides a roadmap for its future sustainability as one of the major tourist attractions not just of West Wicklow but of the wider South-East region.

ID number(s): 1393–6808 / 1901137457

Contents: FOREWORD — SUMMARY — the background — the conservation plan – participants — UNDERSTANDING RUSSBOROUGH — historical development — the house — the architect — Richard Castle — the families of Russborough — the collections and the collectors — landscape, built features and habitats — changes through the centuries — THE CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE OF RUSSBOROUGH — the estate — the house — the demesne — the Milltown and Beit collections — the architectural drawing collection — the statues — wildlife habitats — the visitors — ISSUES AFFECTING THE ESTATE TODAY — issues affecting the integrity and setting of the demesne — issues affecting the house — issues relating to services installations, safety and security — issues affecting the collections — issues affecting other estate features — visitor management issues — resource management issues – POLICIES – Policies relating to the integrity and setting of the demesne — Policies relating to maintenance and repair of the built fabric of the house — policies relating to services installations — Policies relating to the collections — Policies relating to other estate features — Policies relating to visitor management — Policies relating to resource management — RECOMMENDATIONS FOR IMPLEMENTATION, MANAGEMENT AND REVIEW — implementation and management — business plan — visitor survey — review procedures – BIBLIOGRAPHY — LIST OF PLATES — LIST OF FIGURES – APPENDICES.

Extra #1: Contains many 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: Link to the full text of this publication online via the Heritage Council of Ireland website

No Room on the Estate

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© The Publisher

Full title: Surplus people: the Fitzwilliam Clearances 1847-1856

Creator / Author: Jim Rees

Item Type / Page count: Book / 156p (168p)

When Published: 2000 (Re-issued 2014)

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Collins Press / West Link Park, Doughcloyne, Wilton, Cork.

About: During the Irish Famine Period, a number of landlords persuaded or coerced their tenants into emigrating from Ireland. In West Wicklow, a major clearance of about 6,000 persons took place from the Coolattin Estate of Lord Fitzwilliam. These men, women and children ended up in the Canadian districts of Quebec and New Brunswick. This book details the circumstances of the clearout and gives some account of how the displaced families managed in Canada.

ID number(s): 1898256934 / 9781898256939 / 9781848892040

Contents: Introduction — Coolattin Estate — Life on the Coolattin Estate 1830-1845 — The Poor Law — Crisis: 1845-6 — Shedding the Surplus — Life in the ‘Tween Decks — Quebec — New Brunswick — 1850-6 — Conclusion — Appendices — Endnotes — Bibliography.

WW Connection #1: The Coolattin Estate comprised 80,000 acres in South-West Wicklow and amounted to around one-fifth of the total area of County Wicklow.

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.

West Wicklow Through Scottish Eyes (1)

© Woodfield Press

Full title: The Wicklow World of Elizabeth Smith, 1840 – 1850.

Creator / Author: Dermot James and Séamas Ó Maitiú, editors.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 160p

When Published: 1996

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Woodfield Press / 29 Oaklands Terrace, Terenure, Dublin 6.

About: Elizabeth Smith (neé Grant) was born in Scotland in 1797. While in India, she met and married Colonel Henry Smith of Baltiboys House. After he inherited the estate, they came to live there. Elizabeth kept a journal which describes her day to day life and that of the surrounding areas. The editors of this book have taken a selection of extracts from her journal and penned a commentary covering the period 1840 – 1850.

ID number(s): 095284530X /9780952845300 (paperback edition)

ID number(s): 0952845318 / 9780952845317 (hardback edition)

Chapters: Preface — Introducing Elizabeth Smith — 1840 – ‘All thriving except old Shannon’  — 1841-1842 ‘My whole heat is in Baltiboys’  — 1843-1844 ‘Twelve busy years we have lived here’  — 1845 ‘Two damaged potatoes, the first we have seen’ — 1846 ‘Here comes the famine’  — 1847 ‘Alas, the famine progresses’  — 1848 ‘We in Baltiboys must descend a few pegs’  — 1849 ‘God help the country, man won’t seemingly’ — 1850 ‘The starving children are looking better already’ — Epilogue — Appendix 1: Memorials of the dead — Appendix 2: Historical and statistical descriptions of Blessington, Baltiboys and Ballymore,1837 –Index to placenames — Index to persons.

WW Connection #1: Apart from the subject matter, editor Séamas Ó Maitiú is a resident of West Wicklow.

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

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Occupants of the Big House

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Full title: The Landed Gentry and Aristocracy of County Wicklow: Volume I

Creator / Author: Turtle Bunbury

Item Type / Page count: Book / 244p

When Published: 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Family Names / 11 Emerald Cottages, Grand Canal Street, Dublin 4.

About: A collection of histories of nine of the most prominent landowning families in Wicklow. This is the first in a projected series of four volumes

ID number(s): 0953848574  /9780953848577

Chapters: The Earls of Wicklow (Howard of Shelton Abbey) — The Earls of Meath (Brabazon of Kilruddery) — Viscounts Powerscourt (Wingfield) — Acton of Kilmacurragh House — Barton & Childers of Glendalough House — Dennis of Fortgranite — Hume & Dick of Humewood Castle — Leslie-Ellis of Magherymore — Tighe of Rossanagh — Further Reading — Absent families.

WW Connection #1: Dennis of Fortgranite and Hume & Dick of Humewood Castle are both West Wicklow families.

WW Connection #2: The author attended primary school in Baltinglass.

Extra #1: includes many 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 Author’s website http://www.turtlebunbury.com

Extra #5: Link to extracts from the book via the Author’s website. Note: This text does not necessarily correlate with that in the print edition of the book.

Humewood Under the Hammer

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Full title: Humewood, Kiltegan, Co, Wicklow: the entire contents on the instructions of the Trustees of the Estate of Madame Hume-Weygand, deceased, and the contents of the Ballroom to be sold on Wednesday, 15th and Thursday, 16th July 1992 at 10.30 a.m.

Creator / Author: The Publisher(s)

Item Type / Page count: Book / 149p

When Published: 1992

Publisher / Place of Publication: Hamilton Osborne King / 4 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin in conjunction with E.A. Coonan & Son Ltd, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

About: The title says it all. An auction catalogue listing 1304 items, being the entire contents of Humewood Castle which were presented for auction in 1992. A two-page introduction gives a brief history of the Hume family connection with the estate.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Humewood and the Humes — Catalogue.

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

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