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A Blessington History

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Full title: The Four Stone Tree: a history of Blessington

Creator / Author: Vincent Byrne

Item Type / Page count: Book / 127p

When Published: 2003

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Author / Celbridge, Co. Kildare

About: A popular history of this West Wicklow town, well illustrated with many photographs which evoke memories of the past.

ID number(s): 0954624807 / 9780954624804

Chapters: Blessington — Plantation — Conflict — Famine: conflict with nature — Second military conflict — Civil war — Local transport — Social scene — Industry — She taught them all — Blessington Brass Band — Blessington lakes — Blessington GAA — Mr. President — Local defence force — Farming — Religious denominations — Picture gallery — Conclusion.

Extra #1: includes photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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A Valley So Sweet

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Full title: The vale of Avoca: an illustrated history and guide

Creator / Author: Caoimhín de Líon

Item Type / Page count: Book / 64p

When Published: 1967 and later editions

Publisher / Place of Publication: Kamac Publications / 3 St. John’s Terrace, Mount Brown, Dublin 8.

About: A well illustrated and comprehensive guide to the Vale of Avoca, including three chapters relating to Thomas Moore, regarded as Ireland’s National Poet.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Avoca’s early history — Avoca’s former wealth — The Avoca tramway — Avoca’s churches and churchmen — Moore’s tree — Thomas Moore — Moore’s Irish melodies — Handweaving — Whaley Abbey — Walks and drives around Avoca — Avondale — A journey through the vale.

WW Connection #1: The author served at various times, as parish priest of Blessington, of Dunlavin and of Donard.

Extra #1: includes photographs and song lyrics.

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.kevinlyon.info/index.html

A Guide to Russborough

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Full title: Russborough: Blessington, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Sir Alfred Beit

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 28p

When Published: 1978

Publisher / Place of Publication: Eason & Son Ltd. / Dublin.

About: Number 13 in the Eason’s Irish Heritage Series, this guide, written by the owner of this fine house gives a concise account of the history and heritage of the building and its contents. The booklet is well illustrated, although the glossy paper on which it is printed brings picture postcards to mind.

ID number(s): 0900346183 / 9780900346187

Contents: Russborough, Blessington, County Wicklow — The Beit Collection.

Extra #1: includes many colour and b/w photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: The text of the main chapter was republished as part of an article in Irish Arts Review in 2005. Read it online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

Come Dance With Me

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Full title: Come dance with me: a memoir 1898 – 1956

Creator / Author: Ninette de Valois

Item Type / Page count: Book / 238p

When Published: 1957 and later editions

Publisher / Place of Publication: Lilliput Press / 4 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7 (1992 edition).

About: This is the autobiography of Dame Ninette de Valois, the founder of The Royal Ballet, London and one of the pre-eminent world figures of twentieth-century ballet.

ID number(s): 0946640629 / 9780946640621

Chapters: An Irish jig — The Longest way — The extended circle — Both sides of the river — The wind in the clock — One side of the market — Birthday offering — Appendix: Notes on the ancestry of Dame Ninette de Valois.

WW Connection #1: Ninette de Valois (née Edris Stannus) was born at Baltyboys, Blessington, Co.Wicklow in 1898. The family moved to England in 1905.

Extra #1: includes photographs and index

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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