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Farewell to the Flower of Pleasant Hill

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Full title: The Trial of Billy Byrne of Ballymanus

Creator / Author: Foreword by Jim Rees

Item Type / Page count: Book / 72pp

When Published: 1996

Publisher / Place of Publication: Dee-Jay Publications / 3 Meadows Lane, Arklow, Co. Wicklow

About: This account of the trial of Billy Byrne was originally published around 1799 in Dublin. The case against him ranged from being Captain of rebel troops in the Battle of Arklow, to encouraging others to rebel and to being implicated in several murders. The text is presented with minimal alterations, but with the addition of an index, an account of his execution, and the inclusion of the ballad ‘Billy Byrne of Ballymanus’. In the ballad he is referred to as “the flower of Pleasant-hill”.

ID number(s): 0951923927

Contents: Publisher’s Note — Foreword — “Billy Byrne of Ballymanus” [ballad] — The Trial — Prisoner’s Defence — Defence Summation — Confirmation of Sentence — Petition for Clemency by Eleanor & Frances Byrne – Response of John Caldwell – Epilogue – Index.

Extra #1: The full title of the original 1799 edition is as follows: The Tryal of William Byrne of Ballymanus, County of Wicklow, Esq. On charges of being a Principal Leader in the late rebellion, and concerned in several murders in the same, held before A Military Tribunal at Wicklow, by order of Major General Eustace, on Monday the 24th of June and Continued by Adjournment to the 2nd of July, 1799, with the Prisoner’s Defence, the Judgement of the Court – Sentence etc., with his Excellency the Lord Lieutenant’s decision thereon. To which is added a Copy of a Memorial on behalf of the Prisoner, laid before his Excellency, and by him transmitted to the Commanding Officer at Wicklow for his report together with his Answer thereto.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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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