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A Bygone Christmas Gift From Hollywood

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Full title: Ballymore Eustace and Hollywood Chronicle

Creator / Author: Maurice Browne P.P (editor) & contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / 103p

When Published: Christmas 1972

Publisher / Place of Publication: [Parish of Ballymore Eustace and Hollywood] / [Ballymore Eustace, Co. Kildare].

About: This is the second issue of the parish magazine, produced some twenty years after the inaugural issue. The driving force behind both was Rev. Fr. Maurice Browne, P.P. of the parish. Fr. Browne also authored several books and other items under the pen name of ‘Joseph Brady’. This issue gathers together articles of contemporary and historical interest. It is not certain if any further issues were ever published.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Cover photograph: The bridge over the Liffey at Ballymore Eustace — Frontispiece: Adoration of the Magi [photograph of a painting from the Beit Collection] – Foreword / Maurice Browne P.P. — Fords and bridges over the River Liffey [extract] / Archdeacon Sherlock — Commentary on extract from ‘Fords and bridges over the River Liffey’  — Parish Priest comes of age / Maurice Browne P.P. – I remember Ballymore / Captain Spencer Freeman — The Beit Collection of pictures [extract from the Beit Collection] / F. J. B. Watson — Eight years hard in a Dublin Pawn-office / Tom Whittle — Six months for potheen [short story] / Paddy Wolfe , told to him by Capt. John Walshe –Through Bible lands / Mick McDonald — From Bluebell to Hollywood / Thomas Kearney C.C. — Hollywood [poem] / Bill Evans — The station in the mountain: Turlough Hill — The Liffey Water Supply / Gus Murphy — Pages from diary of a pilgrimage to The Holy Land / Joseph Brady — Ardenode Stud / Margaret Mullion — Footnote to ‘Ardenode Stud’/ Maurice Browne P.P. – Paroiste Bhailemor na nIustasach / P. Ó Brosnacháin – The new curriculum / Michael Conway – Work in progress in the infant school / Patricia Kennealy – Picnic abhi againn [duais aiste] / Bríd Ní Chuillin – The Ghost [prize poem] / George Murphy – Prize essays Ballymore School, Senior Class – Punchestown races [prize essay] /  Matthew Dooley – When I grow up [prize essay] / Martina Nolan – Through the eyes of a child: visit of the Archbishop to Ballymore school – Ballymore Eustace I.C.A. / Mary Connolly – St. Vincent de Paul Society Ballymore Eustace – Corpus Christi procession at Ballymore Eustace [photo essay] – Paddy Kerr’s beagles / Louise Kerr – The Poulaphooca hare [poem] / Sean Mackey – Ballymore Handball Club / Matt Purcell – Boxing in Ballymore Eustace / Bill Evans – The Badminton Club / Claire Doyle – “Fairway to success” / Pauline Daly – The judgment of Ballymore [poem extract] / Dick Hynes and Anon – The imaginary menagerie.

Extra #1: Contains several black & white photographs throughout the text.

Extra #2: Contains several period advertisements from local businesses.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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From Slievenamon to the Wicklow Hills

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Full title: In Monavalla [a novel]

Creator / Author: Joseph Brady

Item Type / Page count: Book / 325p

When Published: 1963

Publisher / Place of Publication: M. H. Gill & Son / 50 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin.

About: The author’s first novel chronicled a family called Fitzgerald who lived at the foot of Slievenamon. The story was told through the eyes of  Martin Fitzgerald. This sequel takes up the story of Martin, who becomes a priest serving in Dublin, Liverpool and Brooklyn before returning to Ireland to a parish among the Wicklow Hills. As with most novels, many events that are described are based on fact and may, to a certain extent, be autobiographical.

ID number(s): None

WW Connection #1: Joseph Brady was the pen-name of Rev. Maurice Brown, P.P. who was one time Parish Priest of Ballymore-Eustace which includes Hollywood in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “The mare was pawing the cobblestones in front of the house. She was full of oats and eager to be on the road. The leaves of a big sycamore, shrivelled by last night’s hard frost, were dropping off one by one, twirling like miniature cartwheels as they spun to the ground. Father Martin Fitzgerald, newly ordained, was setting out from Letterlee, a little village at the foot of Slievenamon, for a temporary mission in the diocese of Brooklyn…..”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Once Upon a Time in Slievenamon

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Full title: The Big Sycamore

Creator / Author: Joseph Brady

Item Type / Page count: Book / 279p

When Published: 1958

Publisher / Place of Publication: M. H. Gill & Son / 50 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin.

About: A novel which chronicles a family called Fitzgerald who lived at the foot of Slievenamon. A tall tree in the grounds of the house gives the book its title. As with most novels, many events that are described are based on fact and may, to a certain extent, be autobiographical.

ID number(s): None

WW Connection #1: Joseph Brady was the pen-name of Rev. Maurice Brown, P.P. who was one time Parish Priest of Ballymore-Eustace which includes Hollywood in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: “Once upon a time there lived in Letterlee, at the foot of Slievenamon, the teacher of the village school, Maurice Fitzgerald, his wife, Kate, and their children, Jim, Peter, Martin, Mary, and John…..”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Read a review of this book from the Dublin Historical Record online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this review.

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