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Booklet on Blackditches from 1906

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Full title: Blackditches: its traditions and its pastors

Creator / Author: T. M. O’Reilly

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 13p

When Published: 1906

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Author and/or Leinster Leader Printing Works [?] / Naas, Co. Kildare.

About:  T. M. O’Reilly from Ballyknockan was a local councillor and writer with a great appreciation of local history. According to Fr. Cantwell of Valleymount, he produced several pamphlets. This booklet mentions old churches and houses of prayer as well as sites of historical or archaeological interest. The derivations of placenames is also featured. The second part of the booklet deals with the various priests who have ministered in the area.

ID number(s): None

Extra #1: Link to the full text of this booklet via this page at blessington.jimdo.com.

Extra #2: Hat tip to John Hussey who maintains the Blessington.jimdo.com website for posting the text of this booklet online.

Extra #3: Browse the 1901 Census return for the author Thomas O’Reilly.

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125 Years of Education in Blessington

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Full title: A History of St. Mary’s National School Blessington: 125th anniversary 1882 – 2007.

Creator / Author: St. Mary’s National School

Item Type / Page count: Book / 159p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: St. Mary’s National School/ Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

About: A book that is a commemoration of 125 years of teaching at the local primary school. It celebrates the history of the community as told through a compendium of short pieces brought to life by past and present pupils.

ID number(s):None

Contents: Chairman’s address – Principal’s address — Introduction – Forewords – Hedge schools / Larry McCorristine – The National School System / Larry McCorristine – Towards a new school: Blessington 1882 – Blessington Catholic Schools – A Lament for Allen View National School [ballad] / Pat ‘Phildy’ McGowan – An Interview with Mr. Frank Murphy – probably the oldest surviving pupil of St. Mary’s – “I learned nothing” / Frank Murphy – Pat Hanlon (aged 93 years), The Rundle, Knockieran – Bridie and Jane Tyrell – “Worse than Purgatory” / Evelyn Hudson – “Never missed a day” / Tom Tyrell – The Blessington Tram [ballad] / Peter C. Grattan – Sheila Walsh, née Boylan, aged 82 years – Billy Crowley – an interview – The Teaching of Religion in the National School – Parish Priests of Blessington Parish – The Church of Our Mother of Mercy / Beth Halligan — The Church of Our Lady of the Most Holy Sacrament / Beth Halligan – Seamus Dowling: the man from Mill House – School in the 1940’s – From Blessington to Baghdad / Joe Halligan – Hampden Bomber Crash Site Blackhill 1941 – Annie Byrne née Geoghegan, Burgage – “The Good Old Days” / Pete Nolan – The Primary Certificate – My Memories of St. Mary’s N.S. 1948-1949 / Ron Charles née Veronica Bohan — Knitting and Sewing – She Taught Them All / Vincent Byrne – Mrs. Elizabeth O’Donnell / Manus O’Donnell – Sean Davin, Principal of St. Mary’s N.S. from 1968-1996 – Memories of St. Mary’s National School, Blessington / Theresa Torsney née Creighton — Memoirs of St. Mary’s / Rena Hennessy – Willie Sargent Remembers – Blessington National School Parents Association – Darren McHugh – Schooldays in the 1980’s / Larissa Nolan – Gemma Ashe (R.I.P.) – Comórtas / Ciaran Duffy – Christy Casey – New Principal – Christy Casey (R.I.P.) – an appreciation – Lisa Frederick-Dunne (R.I.P) – Gerry Brown, Principal of St. Mary’s N.S., Blessington 1999-2007 – German in St. Mary’s 1995-2003 / Iris Rouse – Remembering St. Mary’s National School, Blessington 1995 to 2003 / Ellen Bytyqi, Naseem Nolan & Macha O’Donnell – Sport in St. Mary’s National School, Blessington / Lisa Smith – Turning the Sod / Gerry Brown – 125th Anniversary Mass and Unveiling of Commemorative Stone — St. Mary’s National School, Blessington, Co. Wicklow – List of teachers – Epilogue.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Contains dozens of black and white photographs, mainly of local people.

A Century and a Half of Baltinglass History

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Full title: Baltinglass Chronicles 1851-2001

Creator / Author: Paul Gorry

Item Type / Page count: Book / 379p

When Published: 2006

Publisher / Place of Publication: Nonsuch Publishing Limited/ 73 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

About: The Table of Contents of this book doesn’t even begin to offer a hint to the wealth of information contained in it. Apart from a street directory, public transport information and public administration information for each of the chosen years, most of the book is taken up with accounts of events that occurred in the intervening years and helped shape Baltinglass and its immediate hinterland. In particular, the author focuses on the people involved and there is a feeling that you could be reading a newspaper report of something that just happened yesterday. If we ever get the time, we would like to list the entire contents and make them more discoverable.

ID number(s):9781845885069

Contents:About the author – Introduction – Acknowledgements – Baltinglass in 1851 (Administration — Public Transport — Street Directory) – Baltinglass in 1901 (Administration — Public Transport — Street Directory) – Baltinglass in 1951 (Administration — Public Transport — Street Directory) – Baltinglass in 2001 (Administration — Public Transport — Street Directory) – Endnotes.

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Baltinglass.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Contains sixteen pages of photographs and illustrations, including two maps.

How the Kiltegan Fathers are Safeguarding Children

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Full title: Review of Safeguarding Practice in the Saint Patrick’s Missionary Society

Creator / Author: The National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland (NBSCCCI)

Item Type / Page count: Book (report) / eBook / 31p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: National Office for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland / New House, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.

About: This report contains the findings of the Review of Safeguarding Practice in Saint Patrick’s Missionary Society (SPMS) undertaken by the NBSCCCI in line with the request made to it by the Sponsoring Bodies.  It is an assessment of local policy and practice against the Church’s seven standards, followed by recommendations for improvements to practice as appropriate.It is based upon the case material made available by the Society, along with interviews with selected key personnel who contribute to safeguarding within SPMS.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Background — Standard 1  A written policy on keeping children safe — Standard 2 Management of allegations — Standard 3 Preventing Harm to Children — Standard 4 Training and Education — Standard 5 Communicating the Church’s  Safeguarding Message — Standard 6 Access to Advice and Support — Standard 7  Implementing and Monitoring Standards — Recommendations — Terms of Reference.

Extra #1: Browse to this report (pdf file) via Safeguarding.ie website.

A Fourth Valleymount Compendium

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Full title: Valleymount. Facets of our Local History (Part IV: the unpublished volume, added May 2013 by John Hussey)

Creator / Author: John Hussey & contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / eBook / 39p

When Published: [Posted online] May 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: [Parish of Valleymount / Valleymount, Co. Wicklow].

About: This is the last of four collections (so far) of local history material which was first published separately in various issues of the Valleymount Parish News. This last issue was never made available as such. Rather, John Hussey has gathered together various pieces that were mostly not already included in the first three volumes to make up a virtual fourth volume of material. The major article here recounts an altar boy’s memories of local parish priest, Fr. John Moynihan.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Teacher’s Residence, Lacken / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Death of Fr. Heffernan P.P [taken from Leinster Leader] – Ballyknockan National Brass and Reed Band [taken from Leinster Leader] – “Dip me Flute” / Mattie Lennon – Valleymount I.C.A. / Tess Curran – The Coal Pit / Mattie Lennon – Bishop Boden’s Well Lacken, Sunday November 5th 1978 / Fr. Richard Cantwell  – School in Lacken in the nineteen hundreds / Mattie Lennon — Parish Properties – Community Centre / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Renovation of the old Parochial House / Fr. Richard Cantwell — The Irish Journals of Elizabeth Smith, 1840-1850, edited for us by Mattie Lennon – Rerum Novarum: Memories of Fr. John Moynihan / Michael O’Brien (a Valleymount altar boy of many years ago) — A few historical notes from 150 years ago / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Matt Reid / Fr. Richard Cantwell – The Punchestown Races (in memory of Pa O’Brien) / Michael O’Brien – A few little details of Boystown gleaned from the census of 1841 / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Old names of fields in our parish / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Stone trough in Baltyboys cemetery / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Baltyboys House — Irish Folklore Commission – Local Weather Observations / Maggie Broe.

Extra #1: Link to the full text of this magazine via this page at blessington.jimdo.com.

Extra #2: Hat tip to John Hussey who maintains the Blessington.jimdo.com website for posting the text of this magazine online

Three Parishes History

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Full title: The story of Baltinglass: a history of the parishes of Baltinglass, Ballynure and Rathbran in County Wicklow

Creator / Author: Claude Chavasse

Item Type / Page count: Book / 75pp

When Published: 1970

Publisher / Place of Publication: [The Author] / [Briska, Lemybrien, Co. Waterford].

About: In the course of writing a short guide for tourists visiting Baltinglass Abbey, the local rector, Canon Claude Chavasse, found there was so much material that a local history book could be written. This he did shortly after moving to County Waterford. The book is an excellent introduction to the history of the areas that comprise the three parishes.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Preface — Before history – 1. Monuments 2. Legends – The coming of the Monks  – The Abbey buildings – Life in the Abbey –Life outside the Abbey — After the Dissolution – The Stratford Ascendancy – Notes on the O’Neills of Mount Neill — Baltinglass in the 19th and 20th Centuries – [Appendices]  A. Glossary — B. Abbots of Baltinglass – C. Rectors etc of Baltinglass — D. Parish Priests of Baltinglass and Ballynure – E. Curates (R.C.) of Baltinglass and Ballynure – F. Rectors of Ballynure – G. Perpetual curates and Incumbents of Rathbran – H. Patent of Sir Charles Willmott, 1618.

Extra #1: Contains map, plan and ten photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

A Third Valleymount Compendium

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Full title: Valleymount. Facets of our Local History Part Three

Creator / Author: Fr. Richard Cantwell (editor) & contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Magazine (Complete issue) / 65p

When Published: Easter 1993

Publisher / Place of Publication: Parish of Valleymount / Valleymount, Co. Wicklow.

About: This is the third of four collections of local history material which was first published separately in various issues of the Valleymount Parish News. It covers areas such as Lacken, Baltyboys, Blessington, Poulaphuca and Valleymount. About one-third of this issue is taken up with an article about the various parish priests that have served in the parish. The publication is photocopied rather than printed and the quality of reproduction reflects this.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Cover drawing: The Church — Bronze Age cemetery at Carrig, Co. Wicklow / Eoin Grogan — Snippets from ‘Leinster Leader’ – Balfe-the-Robber or Cock-a-Hoof / Fr. Richard Cantwell  – “A hoor of a flood” / Mattie Lennon — Lacken Well / Mattie Lennon — School in Lacken in the nineteen-hundreds / Mattie Lennon — Snippets from ‘Leinster Leader’ – Highway robbery at the Tollhouse — Boyce Oh Boyce / Matty Lennon – Saint Patrick stood at Burgage Bridge / Matty Lennon – Light in Lacken / Mattie Lennon – E.S.B. installations at Lacken / Mattie Lennon — Ninety eight in Kilbeg / Mattie Lennon — Lines by a local poet on the funeral of Fr. Rowan [poem] – The bonfire stones / Mattie Lennon — The January fair / Matty Lennon — The Irish Journals of Elizabeth Smith, 1840-1850, edited for us by Mattie Lennon — Griffith’s Valuation Parish of Boystown [reproduction] – History of our former Parish Priests / Fr. Richard Cantwell.

Extra #1: Contains illustrations and reproduction photographs throughout the text.

Extra #2: Link to the full text of this magazine via this page at blessington.jimdo.com.

Extra #3: Hat tip to John Hussey who maintains the Blessington.jimdo.com website for posting the text of this magazine online

A Second Valleymount Compendium

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Full title: Valleymount – Facets of our Local History Part Two

Creator / Author: Fr. Richard Cantwell (editor) & contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Magazine (Complete issue) / 38p

When Published: Christmas 1990

Publisher / Place of Publication: Parish of Valleymount / Valleymount, Co. Wicklow.

About: This is the second of four collections of local history material which was first published separately in various issues of the Valleymount Parish News.  It covers areas such as Lacken, Baltyboys, Blessington, Poulaphuca and Valleymount. The major article in this collection is on the history of Valleymount G.A.A. club. It is a photocopied rather than printed publication and the quality of reproduction reflects this.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Cover drawing: The Church — Photograph of C. S. Parnell and T. M. O’Reilly —  Valleymount Church Restoration / Fr. Richard Cantwell  — St. Kevin’s Window / Fr. Richard Cantwell  – St. Joseph’s Valleymount, Re-opened / A Special Correspondent — Bishop Boden’s Well — Parish Registers of Births, Marriages and Confirmations  / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Ireland’s ‘Forgotten’ Valley / Barbara Page – To the memory of Father Rowan [poem] / Anon — Lough Cleevaun [poem] / T. M. O’Reilly – Granabeg [poem] / T. M. O’Reilly — …”When yez lave me in Baltyboys” / Matty Lennon – Sister Kevin Osborne / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Fr. Seamus McGeehan [obituary] / Mgr. Owen Sweeney — The Lord Mayor / Mattie Lennon — Diamond Jubilee of Father Dufficy / Fr. Richard Cantwell — The Dublin Blessington Steam Tram / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Valleymount GAA Club / Sean O’Sullivan – Items from ‘Leinster Leader’ – A Peek at our History / Fr. Richard Cantwell.

Extra #1: Contains illustrations and reproduction photographs throughout the text.

Extra #2: Link to the full text of this magazine via this page at blessington.jimdo.com.

Extra #3: Hat tip to John Hussey who maintains the Blessington.jimdo.com website for posting the text of this magazine online

A First Valleymount Compendium

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Full title: Valleymount – Facets of our Local History. Part One

Creator / Author: Fr. Richard Cantwell (editor) & contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Magazine (Complete issue) / 65p

When Published: Christmas 1990

Publisher / Place of Publication: Parish of Valleymount / Valleymount, Co. Wicklow.

About: Available for the princely sum of 50p, this is the first of four miscellanies which gathers together local history material that was first published separately in various issues of the Valleymount Parish News.  It covers areas such as Lacken, Baltyboys, Poulaphuca and Valleymount and contains a roughly 50/50 mix of church history and secular history. It is a photocopied rather than printed publication and the price and quality of reproduction reflects this.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Cover drawing: The Church — Introduction / Fr. Richard Cantwell  — Church Windows [Our four stained glass windows from the Harry Clarke studios / Fr. Richard Cantwell  – Place Names [Names of townships etc in our Parish of Valleymount] — Death of Fr. Jones [Parish Priest killed in accident] — Recipes: 19th Century [taken from old Valleymount Register 1844-59] — Building Agreement 1862 – Blackditches Church / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Blackditches: its history and its pastors / T. M. O’Reilly — Parish Priests of Valleymount (formerly Baltyboys or Blackditches) — Guide: to Tourists and Sportsmen visiting Blessington and its Environs / T. M. O’Reilly – Advertisements of an earlier age — Tithe Applotment List 1834 / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Stations across the King’s River 1834 / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Tombstones in Baltyboys Cemetery / Brian J. Cantwell — Ballyknockan Brass and Reed Band / Kay Byrne — Lease of former Presbytery, Valleymount / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Fr. Francis O’Loughlin — Ballyknockan Granite Quarries / Mary McEvoy and Annie McEvoy – Plane crash Blackhill, 1941 / Peter Garry [?] – Lacken Church / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Baptismal Font in Lacken Church / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Baptismal Font in Valleymount Church – Lease of Lacken Church / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Parish Visitation: Blackditches and Lacken 1840 / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Lacken / Mrs. White – Presentation to Mrs Easie Gallagher / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Dedication of Lacken Church to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 1882 – The Hollywood Stone / Aiden O’Sullivan – Quaker burial ground in Baltyboys / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Rude stone monument at Lacken / Fr. Richard Cantwell – The excavation of a relig at Ballyknockan – Two ringforts submerged at Ballyknockan – Poulaphuca reservoir / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Murder at Butterhill – Presentation to Fr. Heffernan – Fr. Finney’s affairs – Items from ‘Leinster Leader’.

Extra #1: Contains illustrations and reproduction photographs throughout the text.

Extra #2: Link to the full text of this magazine via this page at blessington.jimdo.com.

Extra #3: Hat tip to John Hussey who maintains the Blessington.jimdo.com website for posting the text of this magazine online

Our Very Own Hollywood

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Full title: Hollywood: a Wicklow Village

Creator / Author: Hollywood Local History Group

Item Type / Page count: Book / 72p

When Published: 1990

Publisher / Place of Publication: Hollywood Local History Group / Hollywood Co. Wicklow.

About: This book came about when the local guild of the Irish Countrywomen’s Association (ICA) participated in a national Arts Award Scheme. Their participation resulted in this book and an exhibition of local photographs and other items of interest. It is a nice little example of a local history produced with local community involvement.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: An Introdution — Pre-history and early history — Hollywood since the Famine – Hollywood: its organisations and achievements — The local churches and religious affairs — Family names — Some odds and ends — Acknowledgements — References.

Extra #1: Contains maps, illustrations and photographs.

Extra #2: Contains a poem and a ballad on Gaelic Football matches.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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