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The First President of Cumann na mBan

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Full title: Jennie Wyse-Power (1858-1941)

Creator / Author: Sarah-Beth Watkins

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 7pp

When Published: 2014

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

Parent Publication [book]: Ireland’s suffragettes: the women who fought for the vote / by Sarah-Beth Watkins / 144pp

About: The book from which this short chapter is taken is a collection of biographical portraits of women who played an important part in campaign for women’s rights and national freedom. The entry here refers to Jennie Wyse Power who was prominent in public life in Ireland and was one of the pioneers in the participation of women in political life. She became the first President of Cumann na mBan (the women’s auxiliary to the Irish Volunteers) and was a member of the Irish Senate.

ID number(s): 9781845888244

WW Connection #1: Jennie Wyse Power (née O’Toole) was born in Baltinglass in West Wicklow

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Browse the 1901 Census entry for Jennie Wyse Power in Dublin.

Extra #4: Browse the 1911 Census entry for Jennie Wyse Power in Dublin.

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

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A Little Book of Ballyknockan

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Full title: My life as a stonecutter

Creator / Author: Andy Farrington [with contributions from Katie Byrne, John McEvoy, Jim Behan and Michael Freeman]

Item Type / Page count: Book / 68p

When Published: ca2016

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

About: More than half of this nice little book is taken up with Andy Farrington’s account of a life spent as a stonecutter in Ballyknockan. The remainder of the book includes contributions from neighbours on the same topic and also looks at other aspects of Ballyknockan history.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Introduction – Growing up in Ballyknockan – My life as a stonecutter – The contributions of the quarry men to the Church — The Ballyknockan Brass & Reed Band — The next generation / John McEvoy — Giant granite stone 1890 — Neddy Cullen – Working in Osborne and Brady quarry / Jim Behan – Michael Freeman’s account of his life as a stonecutter / Michael Freeman — Turf cutting — Conclusion.

Extra #1: Includes thirty-seven photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: View the entry for ‘Ballyknockan’ in the Placenames Database of Ireland.

 

Cooke Family Saga

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Full title: Mother in the Shadows

Creator / Author: Maureen Cooke

Item Type / Page count: Book / 177p

When Published: September 2003

Publisher / Place of Publication: Published for Maureen Cooke by Penfolk Publishing / 21 Ronley Street, Blackburn, Victoria 3130, Australia

About:  If this were a novel it would be a family saga. However, it is all true. The author writes about an orphanage, an adoption and a placement with a family that she seemed to belong to. She discovers in the end that her ties with them were closer than she could have imagined. The book tells the story of the Cooke Family and ranges across Scotland, Ireland, England and Australia. A second edition of this book was published in 2012.

ID number(s): 1875894330

Contents: Prologue – List of Illustrations – Acknowledgements and Thanks – Dedication –The Orphanage 1938-1941 – Journey to Leeds: 1941 – The Cooke Family – Adjusting – Jessie and Babs – Bannie and Helen – Bessie. Our Housekeeper – Boarding School 1941-1950 – Job after Job after Job – A Career Begins: 1957 – To Australia: 1960 – Independence – Marriage and a Family – Caring for Bannie – Revelation – Uncovering the Facts – Back to Childhood Haunts: 1988 – Returning again: 1955 – Reflections – Appendix: Maisie’s Account of her Life.

WW Connection #1: The Cooke Family had strong connections with Baltinglass and its Post Office. Helen Cooke was the de facto Postmistress when the infamous ‘Battle of Baltinglass’ incident occurred in the early 1950s.

Extra #1: Includes over two dozen photographs and a family tree.

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 at: http://www.penfolk.com.au/

Brief Irish Lives (5) – Harry Lush (The Beatles Tinahely Connection)

 

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Full title: Beathaisnéis (Volumes 1-9)

Creator / Author: Diarmuid Breathnach & Máire Ní Mhurchú

Item Type / Page count [1]: Book Series / Various pagings

Item Type / Page count [2]: Website / Publicly accessible

When Published: [1] Book Series 1986-2003 / [2] Website 2011-

Publisher / Place of Publication [1]: An Clóchomhar / Dublin.

Publisher / Place of Publication [2]: Fiontar / Olscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath, Baile Atha Cliath / Dublin City University, Dublin.

About: The Beathaisnéis Series comprises nine volumes of short Irish-language essays on the lives of important and not-so-important Irish-speaking men and women. There are over 1,700 people featured from 1560 to the present and we will revisit this excellent series to highlight other Irish speakers who have a connection to West Wicklow. The text of all 9 volumes has now been digitised and published as a fully-searchable database on the website Ainm.ie

This blog entry refers to William Henry (Harry) Lush. Harry Lush was born near Kilglass, Co. Sligo in 1916. He had an aptitude for the Irish Language that enabled him to avail of a number Irish-of scholarships and after graduating from Trinity College he spent some time as a teacher of Irish and Sports. Interestingly, he gave this up to become the manager of the Adelphi Cinema in Dublin. In the course of his work there he met many well-known people, including Cary Grant, Eamon De Valera and The Beatles. He was responsible for the safe passage of the Fab Four from the cinema when the excitement of the fans threatened to get out of hand!

ID number(s): 0953294730 / 9780903758765 / 0903758652 / 0903758830 / 0903758768 / 9780903758550

WW Connection #1: The Lush Family moved from Sligo to West Wicklow, lived at Coolroe, Tinahely and had a farm in Ballinglen.

Extra #1: Link to the biographical essay on Harry Lush via ainm.ie.

Extra #2: For additional information and photographs visit the Lush Family Website.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Brief Irish Lives (4) – Caitlín Maude (1941-1982)

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Full title: Beathaisnéis (Volumes 1-9)

Creator / Author: Diarmuid Breathnach & Máire Ní Mhurchú

Item Type / Page count [1]: Book Series / Various pagings

Item Type / Page count [2]: Website / Publicly accessible

When Published: [1] Book Series 1986-2003 / [2] Website 2011-

Publisher / Place of Publication [1]: An Clóchomhar / Dublin.

Publisher / Place of Publication [2]: Fiontar / Olscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath, Baile Atha Cliath / Dublin City University, Dublin.

About: The Beathaisnéis Series comprises nine volumes of short Irish-language essays on the lives of important and not-so-important Irish-speaking men and women. There are over 1,700 people featured from 1560 to the present and we will revisit this excellent series to highlight other Irish speakers who have a connection to West Wicklow. The text of all 9 volumes has now been digitised and published as a fully-searchable database on the website Ainm.ie

This blog entry refers to Caitlín Maude who was born in Casla (Costelloe) in the Galway Gaeltacht in 1941. Caitlín was a multi-talented individual. Her profession was as a teacher but she was also a dramatist, poet, actress, singer and musician. She died from cancer at the relatively young age of 41, and has left a small but significant artistic legacy.

ID number(s): 0953294730 / 9780903758765 / 0903758652 / 0903758830 / 0903758768 / 9780903758550

WW Connection #1: Caitlín Maude spent some time as a teacher in Carnew in South West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Link to the biographical essay on Caitlín Maude via ainm.ie.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Master O’Toole of Rathvilly

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Full title: Edward O’Toole, 1860-1943: Rathvilly schoolteacher and nationalist

Creator / Author: Eileen McGregor

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 36pp

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: An excellent biographical essay on Edward O’Toole of Rathvilly, who retired from teaching in 1925 and thereafter devoted much time to researching the history, folklore and placenames of County Carlow and neighbouring areas.

ID number(s): 9780906602386

Contents Education – Towards promotion – The Gaelic League – Irish National Teachers’ Organisation – Payment by results – Curriculum changes – Politics – IRB – Land League — Parnell – Volunteers pre 1916 — Easter Week 1916 – Volunteers post 1916 – Black and Tans – Community life – Rathvilly train service – St. Patrick’s Church – Village Green – Remunerative activities – Public Office – North Carlow Co-op Poultry Society – Kiltegan Loan Fund – Folklore – Archaeology – Publications – Conclusions – Acknowledgements — References.

WW Connection #1: Edward O’Toole was a well-known figure in Carlow / West Wicklow and wrote many articles about the history and folklore of the area.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Link to the Publisher’s website:  http://www.geographypublications.com/

Extra #4: Browse the 1901 Census entry for Edward O’Toole.

Extra #5: Browse the 1911 Census entry for Edward O’Toole.

 

And Then There Was Rose

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Full title: Restless spirit: the story of Rose Quinn [a novel]

Creator / Author: Margaret Hawkins

Item Type / Page count: Book / 287p / 288p

When Published: 2006 (1st ed.) / 2013 (2nd ed.)

Publisher / Place of Publication (1st edition): Mercier Press / Douglas Village, Cork

Publisher / Place of Publication (2nd edition): Bushel Press / Co. Wexford

About: This novel is based on a real life person, Rose Quinn (1870-1907), and can be considered a biography in everything but name. Rose Quinn died in an asylum less than a year after being committed there by her husband. The narrator’s father only discloses this information about his aunt shortly before he died. The book provides a picture of what asylum life was like and how Irish society of the early twentieth-century looked on families who had a relative in the asylum. The book also traces parallels between the narrator’s life and that of Rose Quinn – the restless spirit.

ID number(s): 9781856354967 / 1856354962 / 9780957534209

Chapters: Prologue – ‘And then there was Rose’ – Summer 1906 – Extraordinary story – Breakthrough – Matchmaking – Records seen — Soldiers and spectacle – Revelation – The child – Liverpool bound – Clay game – Pattern at St. Senan’s – Wedding day – Response – Committal – Workhouse – More Connection – Transfer – Coming home – Asylum – The way it works: Catherine – Final journey – Big day – More coincidence – Loose ends – Research at St. Senan’s – Appendix 1: Other asylums – Appendix 2: Mental health legislation — Bibliography – A poem for Rose – About the author.

WW Connection #1: The author is originally from Tinahely in south-west Wicklow and attended Carnew Vocational School.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Read an excerpt from the book via the author’s website:  http://www.margarethawkins.ie/deny-me-not/published-work/fiction/

Extra #4: Browse the 1901 Census for Rose Quinn.

Extra #5: Contains several black & white personal and documentary photographs.

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.

First Baltinglass Parish Review

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Full title: The Baltinglass Review: stories from Baltinglass, Bigstone, Grangecon, Stratford.

Creator / Author: Compiled by the Communications Sub Group of the Parish Pastoral Council, photography by Nigel Gillis Photography

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 46pp

When Published: 2004

Publisher / Place of Publication: St. Joseph’s Parish Baltinglass / Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow.

About: This is the very first issue of what has become an annual publication. Within its A4-sized format, it chronicles activities in the parish during the previous year, publishes short articles of general or historical interest and includes photographs past and present. Contemporary advertisements help to provide a snapshot of local economic activity.

ID number(s): None

Contents: A Word from the Parish Priest / Tommy Dillon – Chairperson of the Communications Group / Assumpta O’Neill – Lourdes / Sr. Brigid – Our Journey to the National Finals of the Credit Union Schools Quiz 2004 – An Adventure in Guatemala / Marina Doyle – Baltinglass Town Soccer Club – Baltinglass Foróige Club – A Word of Greeting from the President of Macra na Feirme / Thomas Honner — Baltinglass Lions Club / Eddie Hillan – Caring for Baltinglass Cross / Pat Fleming – Photo Gallery [1] – Seeing Self-Help on the Ground in Africa / Monica Gorman – Rathbran Cemetery: an Historical Place of Interest / Kay Halstead – A World Champion for Baltinglass and Bigstone / Kieran Burke – By Candlelight [poem] / Mary Ryder – First Holy Communion 2004: a mother’s perspective / Nellie Barrett – A Child’s Perspective / Jennifer Barrett – The Activities of Baltinglass Hospital / Josie Dooley – Building a Rainbow / Janet Gorman – Active Retirement Association / Margaret O’Donnell – Liam Lawton in Concert / Mary Hendrick – Baltinglass Golf Club / Danny Losty – Climbing Ben Nevis: and coming back down again / Monica Gorman – Indoor Bowls: Balto’s Best Performing Team of ’04 / Edward Lawrence – Sam McAllister: our oldest resident / Paul Gorry – Baltinglass Town Park / Lisa MacGabhann – Baltinglass Adult Learning Centre / Annette Mangan – Proposed Parish Centre: a plan for tomorrow / Jim Kearney – The Show Must Go On / Pauline Hayes – A New Home in Baltinglass / Michael Staunton – Looking Back / Frank Hunt – Memory Lane [photographs] – Making History for Parents – Grangecon Boxing Club: fighting for forty years / Declan O’Kane – Liam Completes Route 66 / Liam Hanlon – The Wind of Change / Jim Fanning – Local Whizz Kid Flies Balto Flag / Jimmy Burke – Retirement / Joey Fagan – Photo Gallery [2] – Baltinglass G.A.A. Club / Martin Coleman – Photo Gallery [3] – Puzzles – Golden Jubilee of Fr. Des – Baltinglass Cultural Weekend / Vinny Gethings.

Extra #1: Contains at least seven pages of photographs, not counting pictures included in individual articles.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

A Century of Gaelic Games

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Full title: The leathers echo: a story of hurling, football, handball and camogie in Co. Wicklow from 1884 to 1984

Creator / Author: Jim Brophy / photography by Johnny Kelly

Item Type / Page count: Book / 638p

When Published: November 1984 in honour of the Centenary year.

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wicklow Co. Board G.A.A / [Aughrim, County Wicklow]

About: To commemorate the centenary of the founding of the Gaelic Athletic Association each county in Ireland produced a book on the history of the GAA in that county. This is Wicklow’s contribution and what a contribution it is. A massive 638-page volume details 100 years of Gaelic Games activities in the county. It includes club histories, significant results and teamsheets all set against the context of 100 years of local and national history.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Author’s Note – Focal ón gCathaoirleach – Thanks – Dialann Seachtaine i gClub i     1984 – The First Convention – The Power and the Politics – How it all began – The Years of Struggle 1887-1929 – [Club Histories Section] – Annacurra – Arklow Rock Parnells – Arklow Geraldines – Ashford – Avoca – Avondale – Aughrim – Ballinacor – Ballinastoe – Ballymanus – Ballymoney – Baltinglass – Barndarrig – Blessington – Bray Emmets – Carnew Emmets – Coolboy – Coolkenno – Donard – Dunlavin – Enniskerry – Forestry College – Bray – Glenealy – Greystones – Hollywood – Kilbride – Kilcoole – Killiskey – Kilmacanogue – Kiltegan – Knockananna – Lacken – Laragh – Newcastle – Newtown – Rathdangan – Roundwood – Rathnew – Shillelagh – Stratford – St. Kevin’s, Bray – St. Patrick’s – St. Fergal’s – The Glen of Imaal – Tinahely – Tuckmill – Valleymount — The Men of the West / Peter Keogh – In the deep South / Seamus O’Duinn – Along the East Coast – Report from the North / Tommy Coleman – [Some Other Clubs Section] – Ballinglen – Grangecon – Ballykillageer – Crossbridge – Ballinatona – Whitestown – Glenmalure – Ballyteskin – Glassnarget – Moneystown – Delgany – Redcross – Brittas – Hacketstown – Ballycoogue – Eire Óg/Greystones – The Greatest Wicklow Team – A leader from Killiskey – One of Wicklow’s Biggest days – Six Wicklow Teams Played in Wexford – The Year Wicklow Reached the Leinster Senior Final – A Trip to Clonskeagh in 1889 – How I Became a Referee / Eamonn Moules – The Perils of Refereeing! / Jimmy Hatton – The day of the ‘Long Count’ – From Kilcoole to San Francisco / Jimmy Hatton – Cumann Luth-Chleas Gael na nGairm Scol / Hugh O’Brien – When Wicklow Played Senior Hurling – Wicklow’s First Hurling Win – Champions of Leinster 1954 [ballad] / Jimmy Smullen – The Rise of Wicklow Hurling / Jackie Napier – The Year Sixty-Seven an All Ireland Success [poem] / Jimmy Smullen – The Hurling Resurgence – In Luton Town / N. J. Lawlor – Three Finals 1971 [ballad] / Jimmy Smullen – The Day Wicklow Won Their First All-Ireland – The Men of Thirty-six [ballad] / Jimmy Smullen – Leinster Champions in 1949 – A Great Leinster Junior Football Final – Dunlavin’s Finest Hour / Johnny Kelly – A Report from the Wee North / Pat McEntaggart – Happy Days in Barndarrig / Patrick Furlong – The Great 1969 Junior Team – The Match I Refereed Without a Watch / Eamonn Moules – Some of Wicklow’s Football Greats – The “Blues” had the Touch of Class – The Day Blessington Won the Big One! — A Wicklow Final Played in Carlow – Lest we Forget / George Nichols – A Flashback to 1952 –“C. M.” was the G.A.A – The ‘Exiles’ Played a Major Role – The day that Ashford Broke the Barrier / Tom McHugh – The Man Who Made it to the Top – A Record Breaker from Avoca – Hugh McCarthy “The Man from Ballinaclash” / Jimmy Dunne – The Centenary Year – A Laois Man Looks at Wicklow – The Men at the Helm – The Railway Cup Men – A Note from the Early Days – County Officers for Centenary Year – Getting the Scores – Battles in the Boardroom – The Day Ashford Rocked Rathnew – Bord na nÓg / Seamus O’Duinn – The Good Samaritans – The Day that Wicklow Shocked Wexford – The Day of the Shambles in Aughrim – Newtown’s First Senior Championship Win / Michael Crinnion – Kilbride’s Big Day in 1962 / Charlie Roe – SCÓR – The Wintertime Winner / Tomas Breathnach – A Place to Play – Memories from the West / Joe Deering – Santa Came Early to Glenealy! / Tommy Glynn – The Role of the Rúnai / Liam O Cathain – The Crystal Ball! – O’Byrne Cup and National League Wins – Arklow Showed the Way – History Makers – The Ban – The Dublin Connection – The Under-Age Scene – A Great Woman – A World Champion from Wicklow Town – Two Famous Wicklow Men – Special Trophies for County Championship Winners 1984 – Feach MacHugh O’Byrne’s Last Words [poem] – The Battle of Dernamuck [ballad] – Random Reflections – The Blackbird of Sweet Avondale [ballad] – Camogie Flowed Like the Tide / Mary Moran – A Thought for the New Century – [Camogie Section] — The Wicklow Camogie Story – Camogie Down the Years – Great Wicklow Camogie Teams – When Wicklow Were Expelled – The Year Wexford Nearly Got Us – All-Ireland Stars – The Day the Man Wore a Skirt – Arklow – the Cradle of Wicklow Camogie / Nancy Lynch-Quinn – Glenealy were in a Class Apart – When St. Martin’s won County Titles – Along by the Dargle – Hollywood in the Rare Ould Times / Brid Ni Bishman – Great Days in Ballyrichard – Activity in Kilmacanogue – Donard Michael Dwyers – Aughrim Camogie Club – Avoca – the Current Champions – Champions from Stratford – Shillelagh – a Camogie Stronghold – Camogie on Wicklow Town / Angela Cullen (nee Quinn) – Hollywood Won Three Titles – Kiltegan Won Five Senior Camogie Titles – Game is Flourishing in Knockananna – Annacurra’s Headquarters was “Sweeney’s Island” – Some of the Other Camogie Clubs – Senior Camogie Winners – Far Away in France and Flanders [poem] / W.J. Duffy – The Wicklow Vales [ballad] / Fr. Butler – [Handball Section] — Handball in Wicklow – The Handball Story / Dick Arnold – [Record Section] – The Eight Red Letter Days – Centenary Year Results – County Teams Centenary Year – Champions in the Centenary Year – The First Thirty Years – Roll of Honour – Final Score for Sixty Years – Football Champions – Hurling Champions – Inter-County Senior and Minor Football Teams 1937-1983 – The Junior Footballers – Senior “B” Hurling Championship – Intermediate Hurling Championship – The Junior Hurlers – Vocational Schools Roll of Honour – Wicklow Handball Wins – The Lady Handballers – Handball Champions – Wicklow Handball Championships – The Last Word.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Includes dozens of black and white photographs of teams and individuals.

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