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The Famine in Talbotstown Upper

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Full title: Responses to Famine in West Wicklow

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 9pp

When Published: c.1995

Publisher / Place of Publication: Kildare County Council / Naas, Co. Kildare

Parent Publication [book]: Lest We Forget: Kildare and the Great Famine / 106pp

About: This essay was published as part of a book commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Great Famine in County Kildare. It looks at the adjoining district of West Wicklow and uses contemporary accounts from the journal of Elizabeth Smith to show in particular how local officialdom responded to the crisis.

ID number(s): 0952001322

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 full text of the book containing this chapter, courtesy of the Co. Kildare Online Electronic History Journal.

Hat-Tip: To the Kildare Library and Arts Services who have arranged for the digitisation of this book and its free accessibility online.

A Hollywood Blockbuster

© Brendan Corrigan

Full title: The History of Hollywood, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: Brendan Corrigan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 402p

When Published: ca.2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Author / [Not stated]

About: A handsome publication that is a comprehensively-researched history of the Hollywood area in West Wicklow. Hollywood may be a small village, but this is a huge history and one that will probably be the definitive account for years to come. The author pays particular attention to placenames and people – two elements that provide the foundation for all local history – and their story will resonate with people near and far.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Preface and acknowledgements – List of abbreviations. [Part I – The story of Hollywood] Hollywood before the Normans – Sir Geoffrey de Marisco – The Butlers and the Fitzgeralds – Robert Pipho of Hollywood – 17th and 18th centuries – The 1798 Rebellion – The early 19th century – The Famine and its aftermath – The Land War – Independence and beyond – The O’Reilly Family of Rathattin – The Guirke Family of Knockroe – St. Kevin’s Church (RC) – St. Kevin’s Church (Ch of Ire) – Education in the 19th century – Soldiers of fortune. [Part II – The Placenames of Hollywood] Introduction – Lord Waterford’s Estate – Killerk, Bannagroe and Athgarvan – Blakestown and Britonstown.[Part III – The People of Hollywood] Introduction – Hollywood Upper – Hollywood Lower – Knockroe – Dragoonhill – Slievecorragh – Broughills Hill – Cheneys or Kiernans Hill – Hollywood Demesne – Newtown – Knocknastreile – Rathattin – Athgreany – Conlans Hill – Mullicagh Upper – Mullicagh Lower – Woodenboley – Drumreagh – Dunboyke – Scalp – Toor – Lugglass Upper – Lugglass Lower – Knocknaboley – Corragh – Coonmore – Walterstown – Johnstown – Harristown – Ballintober – Ballysize Upper – Ballysize Lower – Glebe – Killerk – Bannagroe – Athgarvan – Blakestown Lower – Blakestown Upper — Britonstown. [Appendices] I. Patrick Lynam – II. Grants – III. Evictions of 1830 – IV. Crops grown in Hollywood in 1851 – V. Names of residents 1780s/90s – VI. Tithe Applotment Books – VII. Rev. Rickard’s List of Evictees. List of Maps and Illustrations – Select bibliography – Index for Parts I and II – Index of Surnames in Part III.

Extra #1: Includes dozens of photographs, maps, plans and tables of data.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4 A review of this book appears in the Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society, Number Nine, 2017.

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.

Shillelagh Remembers

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Full title: Unveiling of Remembrance Wall – Union Workhouse and Fever Hospital Graveyard, Chapel Lane / Union Lane, Shillelagh, Co. Wicklow

Creator / Author: [Not stated]

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 8pp

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: [Not stated] / [Shillelagh?].

About: To coincide with the ‘Year of the Gathering’ and the start of National Heritage Week 2013, a Remembrance Wall was unveiled on the site of the Shillelagh Union Workhouse and Fever Hospital Graveyard. This followed a major tidy-up of the site by Wicklow County Council and local community volunteers. This photocopier-produced booklet was produced to accompany the unveiling and to raise funds for the further enhancement of the site.

ID number(s): None

Contents: History of the Shillelagh Union Workhouse and Fever Hospital – Emigration – The Shillelagh Workhouse in the 20th century – Recent developments – Before and after restoration – Bibliography / Further reading.

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

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.


Social Welfare in the 19th Century

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Full title: The Poor Law in County Carlow

Creator / Author: Eva Ó Cathaoir

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 59p

When Published: 2008

Publisher / Place of Publication: Geography Publications / 24 Kennington Road, Templeogue, Dublin 6W.

Parent Publication [book]: Carlow: history & society. Interdisciplinary essays on the history of an Irish county / edited by Thomas McGrath / 1070pp

About: In 1838 the Poor Law was brought in to set up a system of administration for providing assistance to the many destitute people in Ireland. Over a hundred and sixty Poor Law districts or unions were established. A tax was levied on ratepayers to fund this relief measure thus making it a forerunner of our modern social welfare system. This book chapter deals with how the system operated within County Carlow and parts of West Wicklow.

ID number(s): 9780906602386

Contents: Social conditions in pre-Famine Carlow –Workhouses: Administration – Boards of guardians and staff – Inmates – Women inmates – Nightlodgers – Life in the workhouse — Work, education and training – Religion — The Famine – Diet — Number of inmates – Outdoor relief – Workhouse administration during the Famine – Famine-related illness in the Carlow workhouses – Emigration – Outdoor relief and population trends – Health care in the post-Famine period – Child care – The legacy of the Poor Law – Acknowledgements — References.

WW Connection #1: The Poor Law Unions of Baltinglass and Shillelagh were responsible for parts of Carlow and much information about them is included in this article.

Extra #1: Includes 31 tables of data.

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 Publisher’s website:  http://www.geographypublications.com/

Two Schools Across the River

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Full title: Crossing the Derreen: images and memories of Rathcoyle National School. Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Opening of the New School 1961-2011

Creator / Author: Sean Byrne (compiler and editor) and various contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 160p

When Published: 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: Rathcoyle National School / Rathcoyle, Rathdangan, Co. Wicklow.

About: A profusely illustrated commemorative book that was issued to mark the diamond jubilee of the ‘New School’ at Rathcoyle. This milestone was used as a focal point to highlight the history of education in the area from the time of the hedge schools to 2011. The book was published locally in a special limited edition of 500 copies and was printed by the firm of one of the past pupils who ‘crossed the Derreen’ in 1961.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Introduction / Sean Byrne – Acknowledgements / Sean Byrne – Foreword / Triona Byrne, Principal — A message from the Chairman of the Board of Management / Jim Whelan — Rathcoyle National School Boards of Management — Rathcoyle National School Today and Tomorrow / Triona Byrne — The Confraternity of Christian Doctrine — The Hedge Schools / Pay Schools: The School Buildings — Subjects Taught — Extracts from Diocesan Report 1824: Rathdangan; Ballinguile; Carricknamiel — The Established Church Schools: Killamoate; Tourboy — Moses Walsh’s Schoolhouse — Rathcoyle National Schools (The old school) — The National School System — The Famine and its aftermath — Payment by results — The ‘Masters’ Byrne — Drury’s Height to Kate’s Cottage by former pupil of the 1950’s — Hugh and Rose Byrne — The Primary Certificate — Christian Doctrine — Celebrating the Golden Jubilee of Rathcoyle School 12.06.2011 / Peadar C. Ó’Cuilinn — Early Days Gallery — The New School May 1961 — 1960s Gallery — Askinagap’s National School Amalgamation with Rathcoyle School — Brian Graham — My School Memories / Catherine Coogan (neé Byrne) — The 1960s: recollection of schooldays in Rathcoyle / Simon Byrne — The Rathcoyle Tea Bucket / Mary Kelly (neé Lawler) 1961-1968 — 1970s Gallery — The 1970s: Rathcoyle school memories / Ann Whelan — From Talbotstown to Rathcoyle / Brian Graham — The Lee Cup / Brian Graham — The 1980s: Memories / Nicolette Van der Wel and Teresa Byrne — 1980s Gallery — Memories of Rathcoyle National School / Niall Harmon 1982-1990 – The 1990s: My Memories of Rathcoyle National School / Sean O’Neill — 1990s Gallery – The 1990s: Rathcoyle National School / Ciara Ní Bhroin – Retirement / Brian Graham — The 2000s: Rathcoyle National School / Shane O’Toole — My time at Rathcoyle National School / Bríd Lambert — 2000s Gallery — Caretakers / Board of Management / Chaplain — Teaching Staff Rathcoyle National School 1961-2011 — Teachers 1961-2011 Gallery — The Future.

Extra #1: Includes several photograph galleries showing school classes, school activities and school personnel over the years.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Link to the school webpage on the Rathdangan.com website

The Worst of Times

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Full title: The Curse of Reason: the Great Irish Famine.

Creator / Author: Enda Delaney

Item Type / Page count: Book / 293p

When Published: 2012

Publisher / Place of Publication: Gill & Macmillan / Hume Avenue, Park West, Dublin 12.

About: A history of the Irish Famine that looks at the social, economic and political dimensions of the event. It achieves this via the mechanism of examining the contemporary written testimonies of four important figures: Archbishop John MacHale, John Mitchel, Elizabeth Smith and Charles E. Trevelyan.

ID number(s): 9780717154159 / 9780717160105

Chapters: Preface — Acknowledgements — Prologue: the land of the dead — [Part I. Before the Famine] Encounters — Land and people — Politics and power — [Part II. That Coming Storm] Spectre of famine — Peel’s brimstone — [Part III. Into the Abyss] A starving nation — The fearful reality — Property and poverty — [Part IV. Legacies] Victoria’s subjects — Exiles — Epilogue: the death of Martin Collins — Notes — Bibliographical Note — References — Index.

WW Connection #1: Elizabeth Smith lived in Baltyboys House in West Wicklow. Her observations on the Famine relate to this locality.

Extra #1: includes photographs of Elizabeth Smith and her Scottish birthplace and residence.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: The paperback edition was published in 2014, under the title ‘The Great Irish Famine: a history in four lives’ (ID number 9780717160105).

O Come All Ye Faithful!


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Full title: A farewell to famine

Creator / Author: Jim Rees

Item Type / Page count: Book / 174p

When Published: 1994

Publisher / Place of Publication: Arklow Enterprise Centre / North Quay, Arklow, Co. Wicklow.

About: In the mid-nineteenth century, the Bishop of Little Rock wanted to set up an Irish Catholic colony in Arkansas. This was during the Irish Famine Period, and the people who set out from South Wicklow and North Wexford were not necessarily fleeing the Famine. The group were led by Father Thomas Hore and this book charts their none-too-smooth progress as the original grouping of around 1,000 splintered up and ended up in various different locations in the USA.

ID number(s): 0952202956 / o952202905

Contents: Lists of sponsors — Prologue — The shaping of Thomas Hore — Coolattin Estate — Disaster — Bishop Byrne of Arkansas — The Melleray Connection — Farewell to famine — Liverpool – the emigrants’ limbo — Water, water everywhere… — New Orleans to Little Rock — Fort Smith — Plan B — Conclusion — Appendix 1: The Refugio Connection — Appendix 2: Passengers who travelled on the ‘Ticonderoga’, ‘Loodianah’ and the ‘Chasca’ — Chronology — Notes — Bibliography — List of subscribers.

WW Connection #1: Many of the emigrants hailed from South and South-West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes photographs, illustrations and maps.

Extra #2: includes the names of 847 people who emigrated.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

No Room on the Estate

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Full title: Surplus people: the Fitzwilliam Clearances 1847-1856

Creator / Author: Jim Rees

Item Type / Page count: Book / 156p (168p)

When Published: 2000 (Re-issued 2014)

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

About: During the Irish Famine Period, a number of landlords persuaded or coerced their tenants into emigrating from Ireland. In West Wicklow, a major clearance of about 6,000 persons took place from the Coolattin Estate of Lord Fitzwilliam. These men, women and children ended up in the Canadian districts of Quebec and New Brunswick. This book details the circumstances of the clearout and gives some account of how the displaced families managed in Canada.

ID number(s): 1898256934 / 9781898256939 / 9781848892040

Contents: Introduction — Coolattin Estate — Life on the Coolattin Estate 1830-1845 — The Poor Law — Crisis: 1845-6 — Shedding the Surplus — Life in the ‘Tween Decks — Quebec — New Brunswick — 1850-6 — Conclusion — Appendices — Endnotes — Bibliography.

WW Connection #1: The Coolattin Estate comprised 80,000 acres in South-West Wicklow and amounted to around one-fifth of the total area of County Wicklow.

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.

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