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A Shepherd’s Stories

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Full title: Tales and Yarns of Glendalough and the Wicklow Hills: told to John D. Vose by Bill Fanning, shepherd of Glendalough

Creator / Author: Bill Fanning [with John D. Vose]

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 48p

When Published: 1986

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wicklow Hills Publishing Company / County Wicklow.

About: Bill Fanning was a native of Roundwood and a sheep farmer. He had a wealth of stories and legends relating to the Wicklow Mountains. This is a collection of some of the tales that he told to John D. Vose between 1956 and 1985. The stories have proved so popular that the booklet has gone into a second edition.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Introducing the incorrigible Bill Fanning, shepherd of Glendalough — Fair days — Quare characters, tramps, tinkers and ‘chancers’ — Legends of St. Kevin – Childhood days — School days — Wakes and Missions — On the road to Lacken – Zellars O’Lacken – Wee folk, the Banshee and Will O’ the Wisp.

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Noelle Keogh’s Carnew Collection

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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.

A Fair Old Time!

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Full title: The Humours of Donnybrook: Dublin’s famous fair and its suppression

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book / 56p

When Published: 1995

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Academic Press Ltd. / Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

About: This is book Number 4 in the series ‘Maynooth Studies in Local History’. The series presents outputs arising from the M.A. Programme in Local History at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. This particular volume tells the story of the Fair at Donnybrook which officially occurred for more than half a century and may even its origins in pre-Christian times. It was certainly part of a wider European culture of carnival or celebration. Unfortunately the authorities saw fit to abolish it in 1855 as a consequence of what would be known today as ‘anti-social behaviour’. Indeed the word ‘donnybrook’ has entered the Oxford English Dictionary to mean “a scene of uproar and disorder’.

ID number(s): 0716525690

Chapters: Maynooth Studies in Local History — Preface — Introduction and Historical Background — The World of Carnival — Lent Victorious — Notes.

WW Connection #1: The author is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes four illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Third Baltinglass Parish Review

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Full title: The Review 2006: a year in the life of Baltinglass, Bigstone, Grangecon and Stratford.

Creator / Author: Compiled by the Communications Sub-Group of St. Joseph’s Parish Pastoral Council, photography by Bryan Mulhall & Nigel Gillis Photography

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 48pp

When Published: 2006

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

About: This is the third issue of an annual publication. Within its A4-sized format, it chronicles activities in the parish during the 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 – Foreword – The Transition Era / Frank Hunt – A Mission of a Lifetime with Habitat for Humanity in Nicaragua / David Brennan and Abe Scheele – Baltinglass Ladies GAA Club / Damien Patterson – Baltinglass Bowls / Edward Lawrence — Saint Josephs Church Baltinglass – Moving Home / Gerorda Stamp – Special Olympics Ireland Games in Belfast – Fairtrade Fortnight / Fr. Pádraig Shelley – Ryder Cup Experience / Mai Quaid – 4th Wicklow, Baltinglass Scouts Group / Nellie Barrett – Gasoga Catoilieidhe na hEireann (Catholic Boy Scouts of Ireland) Kildare and Leighlin 4th Wicklow Division – Grange Con Cricket Team – Quinn’s Golf Society – Baltinglass Town A.F.C. – Baltinglass Badminton Club Opens New Facility – Naomh Padraig / Mary Ryder – My Mosney Memories / Hannah Dowling – Stratford on Slaney National School – School Garden – A Dream Come True / Alan Norton – From Grangecon to Baltinglass / Kathleen Fleming – Orla Long — Picture Gallery – Tearmann Garden / Mary Carmody – Wicklow Vocational Schools Team Win the All Ireland – Scoil Chonglais Takes Top Prize in Environmental Awareness Awards – Paddy McDonald – Bigstone National School – Feile Peil na nOg – Three in a Row for Scoil Chonglais in Thrilling Camogie Clash – Our Parish Mission — Baltinglass Adult Learning Centre / Annette Mangan – John Thomond O’Brien – The Tullow Line / Cora Crampton – Baltinglass & District Active Retirement Association / Mary Vernon – Baltinglass Park – Trek to Everest Base Camp / Eddie Hillan – Stratford / Grangecon GAA Juvenile Club – Bacon Curing in Baltinglass in the Early Part of the Century / Maureen D’arcy – Fair Days in Baltinglass in the Late Twenties / Tommy O’Connor – Feile Peil na nOg / David Whelan – Balto Rocks – Kid’s Quiz – Back Cover Picture Gallery.

Extra #1: Contains three full pages of photographs, not counting pictures included in individual articles.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

First Collection of Lakeside Articles

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Full title: Journal of Blessington-Lakeside Heritage Group

Creator / Author: Blessington-Lakeside Heritage Group & contributors.

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

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Blessington-Lakeside Heritage Group / Blessington (?), Co. Wicklow.

About: The inaugural publication of a set of articles on aspects of the history and heritage of areas that surround Blessington Lake. All articles are concise ranging from snippets to four and a half pages. Plans are already afoot for the next issue.

ID number(s): 9781908559906

Contents: Cover Photo: The Mace of the Corporation of Blessington, 1786 — Blessington-Lakeside Heritage Group — Blessington-Lakeside Heritage Members — Future issues of the journal — The Tassies of Threecastles / John Hussey — Early local headstones (based on a talk by Chris Corlett) — A stranger in Ireland (snippet) / John Carr — Fair day in Blessington / Seamus Balfe — Early-Medieval Mill-site at Burgage Mor / C.J. Darby — Members of Parliament for Blessington 1692-1800 — The sand pits at Blessington — A history of stonemasons / Andy Farrington — Local lime kilns / Aiden Cruise — “I done my bit for my country” / Tom Tyrell — Presentment Grants, Kildare Spring Assizes, 1882 / abstract by Aiden Cruise — Archaeological locations in Lakeside / Aiden Cruise — The Quaker burial-ground at Baltyboys / Maureen McCaw — The woollen mills, Ballymore-Eustace / Matt Purcell — A visit to Bishop Boden’s Well, Lacken, Sunday November 5th, 1978 / Seamus Balfe — The Dispensary Doctor / Fidelma Clearkin— Church of ‘Our Lady’ [from Irish Independent Friday, 31st May, 1946] — Summer visitors – by Tram [from Irish Independent Saturday, 17th August, 1912] — Public Notices [from Freemans Journal 24th August, 1921] — Threecastles and Burgage Castle / Dr. Brendan O’Riordain — Blessington is our town [poem] / Michael Farrington — Church records and Manor Kilbride graveyard survey / Blessington History Society — Kilbride Military Camp / courtesy of Pat Lavelle — Cures in the 1820s from Fr. Finney of Valleymount — Blessington Men’s Shed — Estate Maps of our district — The Liffey Bridges beat them all! — Back Cover Photo: The gravestone of Patrick Brady at Manor Kilbride, 1732

Extra #1: Contains black & white photographs, illustrations and plans.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Blessington-Lakeside Heritage Group can be contacted via email @gmail.com. Use BlessingtonLakeside as the name.

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