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Historical Highlights of the Wicklow Highlands

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Full title: A Social History of the Wicklow Uplands

Creator / Author: Brian F. Gurrin

Item Type / Page count: Book / 102p

When Published: 2006

Publisher / Place of Publication: The National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government / Dublin

About: Today, the area regarded as the Wicklow Uplands is mostly included within the Wicklow Mountains National Park. While permanent inhabitants of this area may be as rare as the Abominable Snowman, there is nonetheless a rich social history story to be told. This ranges from the prehistoric period through to the centuries of active resistance to English rule. This study of the history and heritage of the Wicklow Uplands was undertaken at the request of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (Eastern Division).

ID number(s): 0755716930

Contents: Figures and Tables – Abbreviations – The Author – Acknowledgements – Ice Sculptures – Wicklow’s Earliest Inhabitants – Early Human Sculptors – Gaeil is Gaill – War and Peace – New Times, and a New County – From Restoration to Union: The Restoration; The Late Seventeenth Century; The Protestant Ascendancy – War, and a New County – Final Thoughts – References – Bibliography.

Extra #1: Includes numerous illustrations, photographs and maps.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Visit the Wicklow Mountains National Park website.

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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.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Writing About Wicklow

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Full title: Ordnance survey letters Wicklow and Carlow: letters relating to the antiquities of the counties of Wicklow and Carlow containing information collected during the progress of the ordnance survey 1838-1840.

Creator / Author: Michael Herity (editor)

Item Type / Page count: Book / 294pp

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Fourmasters Press / Dublin 4

About: The Ordnance Survey for Ireland was established in 1824. One of the projects involved a team, headed by the Irish scholar John O’Donovan, visiting the counties of Ireland and submitting by letter various information relating to their history, placenames, antiquities, architecture etc. This volume reprints the letters sent back to Dublin from Wicklow and Carlow. It should be noted that the places listed in the contents are the places from which the letters were sent, but the topics covered in the letters themselves range much more widely and together cover all locations in the county.

ID number(s): 9781903538197

Contents: (Wicklow only) Acknowledgements – Editor’s Note — The Curry Brothers, O’Donovan and O’Conor in Wicklow / Michael Herity — Bullaun Stones and Early Medieval Pilgrimage at Glendalough / David McGuinness — Enniskerry December 13th 1838, December 15th 1838, December 17th 1838 — Carlow December 18th 1838 — Bray December 22nd 1838 — Carlow December 26th 1838 — Bray December 27th 1838, December 29th 1838 — Baltinglass December 30th 1838, December 31st 1838 /Jan. 1st 1839, January 1st 1839, January 3rd 1839 — Newtown Mount Kennedy January 3rd 1839, January 5th 1839 — Rathdrum January 7th 1839 — Newtown Mount Kennedy January 8th 1839 — Blessington January 9th 1839, January 10th 1839 — Newtown Mount Kennedy January 11th 1839 — Blessington January 13th 1839, January 15th 1839 — Wicklow January 16th 1839 — Blessington January 16th 1839, January 18th 1839 — Wicklow January 19th 1839 — Blessington January 21st 1839, January 22nd 1839 — Wicklow January 22nd 1839 — Blessington January 23rd 1839, January 24th 1839 — Rathdrum January 24th 1839, January 24th 1839, January 26th 1839 — Arklow January 28th 1839, January 29th 1839, January 31st 1839, February 4th 1839 – [Letters from] J. O’Donovan March 30th 1840 — J. O’Donovan Account of Glendalough, April 7th/14th 1840 — H. Tucker September 14th 1839 — G. Petrie September 16th 1839 — H. Tucker March 23rd 1840 — H. Tucker March 24th 1840 — E James March 26th 1840 – Index.

Extra #1: Includes several illustrations and maps.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Link to ‘Ordnance Survey of Ireland Letters’ page at AskAboutIreland.ie

Following the Pilgrims’ Progress (3)

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Full title: A Walk in the Garden

Creator / Author: Darach MacDonald

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 18p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: New Island / 2 Brookside, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14.

Parent Publication [book]: Tóchar: walking Ireland’s ancient pilgrim paths / by Darach MacDonald / 298pp

About: This is Chapter 7 of 11 chapters each describing the author’s personal odyssey of walking some of the sacred paths Ireland. He uses the journeys as an opportunity for spiritual reflection and tries to plan them to coincide with local observances of pilgrimage. In this chapter, he details the pilgrim path from Hollywood to Glendalough which he travelled in February 2010. His experience of what is called St. Kevin’s Road is not a great one, but he manages to reach Glendalough in one piece and throws in some interesting observations along the way.

ID number(s): 9781848402478

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.

Some of our Folk and Fairy Tales

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Full title: Wicklow Folk Tales

Creator / Author: Brendan Nolan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 191pp

When Published: August 2013

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

About: The author of this selection of tales is a professional storyteller. Here he presents stories of myth, magic, the supernatural and the all too natural from every corner of our county. West Wicklow is well represented with more than half of the content associated with locations on this side of the county. Most of these stories spring from the oral tradition that prevailed before the arrival of electricity.

ID number(s): 9781845887858

Contents: Acknowledgements – Introduction – An Army of Stones – A Hand in the Night – The Resurrection of Sean – The Travels of Davy – Not Gone and Not Forgotten – A Shower of Stones – Moving About – Wise Man Paddy Stevens – Warring Spirits – Taken by the Fairies – A Fleeting Bird – The Long walk to Crois Úna – Milk Profit – A Cure for Baldness – Now You See It, Now You Don’t – Shriven Souls – Wicklow Foxes – Of Water and Stone – Féar Gortach – Derrybawn Cow – Bedding St. Kevin – Dargle Lovers – The Devil is in the Glen – Bray Smugglers – Gold-Mine Mountain – Priest Hunters – Hempenstall Military Road – Wicklow Avalanche – Glencree – Surviving the Snow Storm – Tall Tales.

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.

Extra #4: Link to the author’s website and blog.

Following the Pilgrims’ Progress (2)

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Full title: St. Kevin’s Way, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: John G. O’Dwyer

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 7p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Collins Press / West Link Park, Doughcloyne, Wilton, Cork.

Parent Publication [book]: Pilgrim paths in Ireland: from Slieve Mish to Skellig Michael: a guide / by John G. O’Dwyer / 122pp

About: This is Chapter 9 of 15 chapters, each detailing the author’s impression of an important ancient pilgrim route in Ireland. In this instance, he travels along St. Kevin’s Way from Hollywood to Glendalough. He is not greatly enamoured of the layout of the path, especially on the Hollywood side. However, the final destination at Glendalough more than compensates for earlier inconveniences. This walk, just like all others in the book, has directions, the degree of difficulty and estimated time.

ID number(s): 9781848891715

Extra #1: Includes map of the route and two photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Mapping Our Mountains (2)

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Full title: Lugnaquilla & Glendalough: 1:30,000 Detailed Map

Creator / Author: EastWest Mapping

Item Type / Page count: Map / 1 page folded down to 12 x 23cm

When Published: 2010 (updated in March 2013)

Publisher / Place of Publication: EastWest Mapping / Clonegal, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

About: This detailed map covers the area from Woodenboley across to Lough Dan, down to Ballinaclash and over to Kiltegan. It has been compiled using satellite imagery combined with foot slogging, cycling and driving through the area and depicts in detail the network of tracks, paths, forests & hills of interest to walkers etc. Many historical sites are plotted and named and it provides an excellent panorama both for the rambler and armchair historian.

ID number(s): 9781899815319

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Link to the Publisher’s website

Mapping Our Mountains (1)

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Full title: Wicklow Mountains West: 1:30,000 Detailed Map

Creator / Author: EastWest Mapping & Barry & Clive Dalby (Survey Team).

Item Type / Page count: Map / 1 page folded down to 12 x 23cm

When Published: 2010

Publisher / Place of Publication: EastWest Mapping / Clonegal, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

About: This map takes in a major portion of the mountains located in the western half of the county. It has been compiled using satellite imagery combined with foot slogging, cycling and driving through the area. It includes many old placenames and historical sites and provides an excellent panorama both for the rambler and armchair historian. Lugnaquilla is not covered by this particular map, but is available as a separate publication.

ID number(s): 9781899815285

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Link to the Publisher’s website

In His Father’s Footsteps

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Full title: On Pilgrimage  to Glendalough

Creator / Author: Aidan O’Sullivan

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 10p

When Published: 2009

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wordwell Ltd. / P.O. Box 69, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Parent Publication [book]: Lost and found II : rediscovering Ireland’s past / edited by Joe Fenwick / 332pp

About: A 10-page essay which links ancient pilgrimage and his own family history. The author reflects on family visits to Glendalough and the hill places to be found on the way from Valleymount. A centrepiece of the essay is a description of Templeteenaun, a medieval church site which the author (by now an archaeologist) was later to excavate.

ID number(s): 9781905569267

WW Connection #1: Author Aidan O’Sullivan is a native of Valleymount in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes photographs.

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 online presence on Academia.edu

First Collection of Articles on West Wicklow History

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Full title: Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society: Number 1, 1983-1984

Creator / Author: West Wicklow Historical Society & contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / 95p

When Published: 1983 /4

Publisher / Place of Publication: West Wicklow Historical Society / Baltinglass (?), Co. Wicklow.

About: The very first publication of a set of articles on aspects of West Wicklow history. This issue covers locations from Lacken to Coolattin with contributions from natives of the area and from local schoolchildren.

ID number(s): 0790-1739

Contents: West Wicklow Historical Society Officials 1983 — Honorary Life Members of WWHS — Editorial — West Wicklow Historical News / Gerorda Quaid — The Tullow line / Cora Crampton — Tales from a drowned land / Martin J. Kelly — Notes on Golden Fort and the Saunders family / Geoffrey Marescaux de Saubruit — A Saunders elopement / Geoffrey Marescaux de Saubruit — Baltinglass Convent / Sister Therese Morrissey — Wicklow Biographies: Brandubh / Paul Gorry — Wicklow Biographies: St. Kevin / Maria Brosnan — Wicklow Biographies: St. Laurence O’Toole / Dorothy Leonard — Wicklow Biographies: Walter de Riddelesford / Dorothy Leonard — The Family of Michael Dwyer / Paul Gorry — Linen and Cotton Printing at Stratford-on-Slaney, County Wicklow (Part 1) / Paul Baker — A visit to Knockpatrick Hill / Dorothy Leonard — God’s Acre: Burial-Ground, Chapel Hill, Baltinglass / Sister Therese Morrissey — St. Mary’s Church and Rectory past and present / Verena Wilson — V. Rev. Dr. Denis Kane, P.P., V.G. (1822-1883) / Sister Therese Morrissey— Parish of Ballymore-Eustace, 1791 / William Hawks — The Valentine Family (Part 1) / Paul Gorry & Anthony E. S. Valentine — Another life / Maria Brosnan — The chapel at Kilamoate [poem]  / Tom Kelly — Index to the Coolattin Estate emigration records, 1847-56 / Paul Gorry — Extracts from the Turtle manuscripts — Query — Junior Section: Baltinglass G.A.A. club during the years / Laura Wall — Junior Section: Local History / Bernadette Keogh — Junior Section: The Georgian / Marina Doyle — Junior Section: Baltinglass Hill Cairn / Kieran McMahon — Junior Section: Rev. Marchbanks / Ashley Bourne — Junior Section: Blessington in the 15th century / Kay Tutty — Junior Section: The Rectory- Baltinglass / Andrea Wilson.

Extra #1: Contains some black & white 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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