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Gardens of Ireland

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Full title: The Irish Garden

Creator / Author: Jane Powers, with photographs by Jonathan Hession

Item Type / Page count: Book / 400pp

When Published: April 2nd, 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: Frances Lincoln Limited / 74-77 White Lion Street, London N1 9PF

About: This is a grand book of the coffee-table variety which has received glowing reviews everywhere. In its 400-page extent, the author visits over forty of Ireland’s most beautiful gardens. These range from demesnes attached to ‘Big Houses’ to those of a more modern and intimate nature. Of the gardens visited and gloriously photographed, seven are located in County Wicklow and two of those are in West Wicklow.

ID number(s): 9780711232228

Contents: Preface — Introduction – [Grand Big Gardens] Bantry House, Co. Cork — Mount Stewart House, Co Down — Birr Castle, Co. Offaly – Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow — Killruddery, Co. Wicklow – [Romantic Interludes] Altamont, Co. Carlow — Mount Usher, Co. Wicklow – [Taming the Wilderness] Caher Bridge Garden, Co. Clare — Kylemore Abbey, Co. Galway — Ilnacullin, Co. Cork — Rowallane Garden, Co. Down — Glenveagh, Co. Donegal – [Painting with Plants] Mount Congreve, Co. Waterford — Talbot Botanic Gardens, Malahide, Co. Dublin — The Dillon Garden, Dublin — Hunting Brook, Co. Wicklow – [Lovely Day for a Walk] Woodstock, Co. Kilkenny — Tullynally, Co. Westmeath — National Botanic Gardens, Kilmacurragh, Co. Wicklow – [A Few Follies and Fancies] Belvedere, Co. Westmeath — Kilfane Glen and Waterfall, Co. Kilkenny — Corke Lodge, Co. Wicklow — The Japanese Gardens, Co. Kildare — National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin — Tropical Ravine and Palm House, Botanic Gardens, Belfast, Co. Antrim – [Fields of Dreams] June Blake’s Garden, Co. Wicklow — Salthill House, Co. Donegal — The Bay Garden, Co. Wexford — Lakemount, Co. Cork — Ardcarraig, Co. Galway – [Paradises Reinvented] Oakfield Park, Co. Donegal — The Master’s Garden, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin — Kells Bay Gardens, Co. Kerry — Heywood, Co. Laois — Glenarm Castle Walled Garden, Co. Antrim – [Good Enough to Eat] Ballymaloe Cookery School, Co. Cork — Glebe Gardens, Co. Cork — Dunmore Country School, Co. Laois – The Gardens: contact information – Select bibliography and sources – Index — Acknowledgements.

WW Connection #1: Hunting Brook Gardens, Lamb Hill, Blessington is described and pictured on pages 184-191.

WW Connection #2: June Blake’s Garden, Tinode, Blessington is described and pictured on pages 286-299.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Contains 250 large colour photographs.

Extra #4: Link to the Publisher’s website.

Revisit Six Important Years in Wicklow History

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Full title: Exploring Wicklow’s Rebel Past 1798-1803

Creator / Author: Ruán O’Donnell, with photographs by Dominic Martella, Richard Nairn and Dúchas

Item Type / Page count: Book / 71pp

When Published: 1998

Publisher / Place of Publication: Coiste Chill Mhantain ’98 / Wicklow ’98 Committee / [Wicklow, Co. Wicklow]

About: This book was published to commemorate the two-hundredth anniversary of the 1798 Rebellion. It is a guidebook to the landmarks and sites associated with this period in Wicklow’s history. Divided into six suggested routes, it covers the whole county, with many of the locations being in the western half. All the memorials commemorating the Rebellion are listed, together with the history and folklore of the sites.

ID number(s): 0953492206

Chapters: Acknowledgements — Introduction — Planning your route / Raymond Stephens — Route One: Blessington, Blackmore Hill, Athdown, Oakwood — Route Two: Bray, Enniskerry, Ballinvalla/Sleamaine, Luggala – Route Three: Dunlavin, Baltinglass, Derrynamuck, Leitrim — Route Four: St. Kevin’s Bed (Glendalough), Rathdrum, Greenan (Lower Glenmalure), Baravore (Upper Glenmalure) – Route Five: Newtownmountkennedy, Roundwood, Wicklow Town – Route Six: Arklow, Aughrim, Tinahely, Ballyrahan Hill, Carnew — Sources.

Extra #1: includes numerous maps and colour photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

The Garden of Ireland’s Top Gardens

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Full title: The 100 Best Gardens in Ireland

Creator / Author: Shirley Lanigan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 275pp

When Published: 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: Liberties Press / Guinness Enterprise Centre, Taylor’s Lane, Dublin 8

About: This is the author’s personal selection of the 100 Best Gardens in Ireland. Of this 100, seven are located in County Wicklow and 3 of those are in West Wicklow. Apart from multi-page descriptions of the gardens, useful information on directions, opening hours, facilities etc. is included. Overall, this is a lovely guidebook for tourists and green-fingered natives alike. Gardens in West Wicklow that are described are (1) June Blake’s Garden, Tinode, (2) Hunting Brook Gardens, Lamb Hill, Blessington and (3) Patthana Garden, Kiltegan Village.

ID number(s): 9781907593161

Contents: Introduction – Leinster – Munster – Connaught – Ulster – Acknowledgements.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Contains numerous colour photographs.

Extra #4: Link to the Publisher’s website.

Extra #5: Also available in a compact edition: The Pocket Guide to the 100 Best Gardens in Ireland

If You Go Down to the Woods Today

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Full title: County Wicklow [Book Chapter]

Creator / Author: Donal Magner

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 41pp

When Published: 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Lilliput Press / 62-63 Sitric Road, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7.

Parent Publication [book]: Stopping by woods: a guide to the forests and woodlands of Ireland / by Donal Magner / pp 476-516

About: This is just one chapter in a guidebook that lists and details, on a county-by-county basis, more than 300 forests and woodlands in Ireland that are open for public access. The author, who describes 27 woodlands in Wicklow, comments that “Wicklow is regarded as the home of Irish forestry. It has maintained its links – however tenuous – with the great primeval forests”.

ID number(s): 9781843511700 / 9781843511694

Contents Aughrim [Sean Linehan Walk] – Avondale – Ballinafunshoge – Ballinastoe – Ballygannon – Ballymoyle Hill – Baravore – Cloghleagh — Cloon-Oak Glen – Coronation Plantation — Crone – Deputy’s Pass – Devil’s Glen – Djouce – Glenart Wood – Glendalough – Glen of the Downs – Kindlestown – Kippure – Knocksink – Meetings [Avoca] – Mount Kennedy – Rath Wood – Russelstown – Tomnafinnoge – Trooperstown – Vale of Clara.

Extra #1: Includes plans of each woodland, colour photographs and county map.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Link to this item on the Publisher’s website

Our Villages – Their History

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Full title: Wicklow villages: a historic guide

Creator / Author: Pat Dargan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 36p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Sara Editions / The Lodge, Cronybyrne, Rathdrum, Co. Wicklow.

About: This book is listed as being No.1 in the Irish Historic Villages Series of 2013. It would seem to be an alternative edition of a similarly-titled publication first issued by Wicklow County Council in 2011. It is a full-colour A4 sized book which traces the development of villages in County Wicklow between 700 – 1900, explaining how history, the natural environment and the buildings make them what they are today.

ID number(s): None

Contents: The Wicklow Village — Monastic settlements — Estate villages — The Picturesque — Chapel villages — Legacy — Catalogue of villages.

Extra #1: Includes colour photographs on every page.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide (2011 edition).

Extra #4: Visit the author’s website

Good Neighbours Guide

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Full title: Guide to Co. Kildare and West Wicklow

Creator / Author: Con Costello, illustrations by Maeve Costello, maps by Seán Byrne.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 144p

When Published: 1991

Publisher / Place of Publication: Leinster Leader Ltd. / Naas, Co. Kildare

About: The bulk of this publication consists of an A-Z of places in Kildare and West Wicklow with an explanation of each placename  and, where warranted, further details of its history and interesting features. It is a nice introduction to the area for tourists and newcomers and even natives will find much of interest.

ID number(s): 0950175854

Chapters: Acknowledgements — Introduction — Maps — Gazetteer – What to do in Kildare and West Wicklow — Useful Telephone Numbers — Glossary — Chronology — Some publications of Kildare interest.

Extra #1: includes several black & white illustrations of local landmarks.

Extra #2: includes maps of the areas covered.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Firstly Take The N81…

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Full title: A Guide to West Wicklow

Creator / Author: Research by Caoimhín de Líon, Doirin Doyle, Comdt. T. Maher & Kenneth McGowan

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 48p

When Published: 1971

Publisher / Place of Publication: Kamac Publications / 3 St. John’s Terrace, Mount Brown, Dublin 8.

About: A whistle-stop tour around West Wicklow and some neighbouring places. The booklet can only give a flavour of what the area is like, but helps to whet the appetite to delve deeper into local history and heritage. The booklet could be seen as an effort to tempt Dubliners to forget the eastern side of the county and to explore the unspoilt countryside in the west.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Dunlavin — Blessington — Ballyknockan — Poulaphuca — Ballymore Eustace — Lacken — Donard — Hollywood — Burgage — Cilín Chormaic — Tinahely — Baltinglass — Ballinclea — Glenmalure — The Military Road — Glen of Imaal — Aughrim — Shillelagh — Kiltegan — Tullow — Hacketstown — Rathvilly.

WW Connection #1: The co-researcher, Caoimhin de Líon, served at various times, as parish priest of Blessington, of Dunlavin and of Donard.

Extra #1: Contains several photographs and a map.

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 website http://www.kevinlyon.info/index.html

Visitor’s Guide to Historic Sites

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Full title: A Guide to the Archaeology of County Wicklow

Creator / Author: Eoin Grogan and Tom Hillery

Item Type / Page count: Book / 59p

When Published: 1993

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wicklow County Tourism / County Buildings, Wicklow.

About: Wicklow has a wealth of archaeological sites and ancient monuments. This A4 size publication aims to interest the tourist in this aspect of our heritage. Many West Wicklow sites are included in this excellent and profusely illustrated introduction to the archaeology of Wicklow.

ID number(s): 0951975404

Chapters: The Neolithic: Passage tombs — Late Neolithic burial sites — Wedge tombs — The Early Bronze Age: Ceremonial circles — The Iron Age: hillforts — The Early Medieval Period: Ringforts — Glendalough — Bullauns, graveslabs and ogham stones — Early and later medieval churches — Viking and medieval towns — The Later Medieval Period: Monastic sites — Mottes, moated sites and castles — Anglo-Norman fortifications — Tower houses — Castles — Places of special interest — Archaeological trails — Suggested reading — Glossary — List of sites by townland — List of figures.

Extra #1: Contains plans of all the major sites, drawn by Sarah Cross

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Walking in a Wicklow Wonderland

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Full title: Walking in Wicklow: a guide for travellers (afoot and awheel) through the Wicklow Mountains

Creator / Author: J. B. Malone

Item Type / Page count: Book / 172p

When Published: 1964

Publisher / Place of Publication: Helicon / Dublin

About: The classic walking guide to the Wicklow Hills. The author was well known for his ‘Open Air’ series of columns in the Evening Herald newspaper and a TV programme,  ‘Mountain and Meadow’.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Ways and means — The Western quarter (1) Around the lake — (2) Over Church Mountain — (3) Glenbride to Snugboro — (4) Along St. Kevin’s road — (5) Climbing Cleevaun — Heather deserts (1) The military road — (2) Two mountain lakes — (3) On Calary edge — (4) Djouce and the coffin stone — Glendalough and Glenmalure (1) From glen to glen — (2) Crossing Borenacrow — (3) The proud mountain — (4) Queen of the south — (5) Lugnaquilla from Glenmalure — Glen Imaal and westward (1) The round of Imaal — (2) West of Baltinglass — (3) Lugnaquilla from Imaal — The deep south (1) Aghavanna to Avoca — (2) South to Shillelagh — (3) Rathvilly to Aghavanna — (4) Croghan country.

Extra #1: includes illustrations, maps and index.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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