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Constable Commits Murder in Dunlavin

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Full title: Running with crows: the life and death of a Black and Tan [a novel]

Creator / Author: DJ Kelly

Item Type / Page count: Book / 284p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: FeedARead Publishing / United Kingdom

About: This novel is based on a real life person, Constable William Mitchell. He was the only member of the British Crown Forces to be sentenced to death for murder during the War of Independence in Ireland. In this book, the author explores the scenarios around the murder incident and the politics of the era which made Mitchell’s 1921 execution an inevitability.

ID number(s): 9781782991861

Chapters: Foreword – Acknowledgements – The Joy – Monto – Wild Irish Rose – Bermondsey Days – The Mutton Lancers – The Dog and the Rabbit — Mutton Curry – Mutton Chops – The Somme – Rouenation – Alice – The Wicklow Warriors – A Dead Man’s Hat – The Second Man – As the Crow Flies – Epilogue.

WW Connection #1: William Mitchell was a temporary constable in the RIC and stationed in Dunlavin in West Wicklow. He was convicted of the murder of local magistrate, Robert Dixon of Milltown, Dunlavin.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “The sorry ruins of Dublin’s elegant Custom House smouldered still on the quayside, yet the black waters of the Liffey lapped by unconcernedly. The sun was rising and wary citizens began to appear and go about their business as best they could on an otherwise pleasant June morning….”

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Contains four black & white photographs.

Extra #4: Read a review of this book via the blogs The Irish Story and An Irish Village

Extra #5: Link to the author’s website and blog

Extra #6: Browse the 1911 Census entry for Robert Dixon in Dunlavin.

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A Century and a Half of Baltinglass History

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Full title: Baltinglass Chronicles 1851-2001

Creator / Author: Paul Gorry

Item Type / Page count: Book / 379p

When Published: 2006

Publisher / Place of Publication: Nonsuch Publishing Limited/ 73 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

About: The Table of Contents of this book doesn’t even begin to offer a hint to the wealth of information contained in it. Apart from a street directory, public transport information and public administration information for each of the chosen years, most of the book is taken up with accounts of events that occurred in the intervening years and helped shape Baltinglass and its immediate hinterland. In particular, the author focuses on the people involved and there is a feeling that you could be reading a newspaper report of something that just happened yesterday. If we ever get the time, we would like to list the entire contents and make them more discoverable.

ID number(s):9781845885069

Contents:About the author – Introduction – Acknowledgements – Baltinglass in 1851 (Administration — Public Transport — Street Directory) – Baltinglass in 1901 (Administration — Public Transport — Street Directory) – Baltinglass in 1951 (Administration — Public Transport — Street Directory) – Baltinglass in 2001 (Administration — Public Transport — Street Directory) – Endnotes.

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Baltinglass.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Contains sixteen pages of photographs and illustrations, including two maps.

Seventh Collection of Articles on West Wicklow History

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Full title: Journal of the West Wicklow Historical Society: Number 7, 2013

Creator / Author: West Wicklow Historical Society & contributors, joint editors Chris Lawlor, Donal McDonnell

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / 120p

When Published: 2013

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

About: The seventh publication of a set of articles on aspects of West Wicklow history. This issue contains articles featuring locations from Coolattin to Croatia. It even strays into east Wicklow with an article on Charles Stewart Parnell and his times by Mary Bergin. However, the major article runs to almost a quarter of the entire publication and is a substantial essay, by Dunlavin native Chris Lawlor, on Feagh Mac Hugh O’Byrne.

ID number(s): 0790-1739

Contents: Preface from the Chairman — Ramblings of the Secretary — A man of integrity? The varying roles of Robert Chaloner, Earl Fitzwilliam’s land-agent during Black ‘47 / Fidelma Byrne — Contextualising a chieftain’s career: the case of Feagh Mac Hugh O’Byrne / Chris Lawlor – Wicklow Farm Labourers: a facet of the 1880s Land War / Pádraig G. Lane — The RIC and the IRA in Wicklow’s War of Independence / Kevin Cullen — Constable James Stephen Cunningham and his family / Shay Cunningham — Some facts about the activities of Mark Forstall in Croatia / Luka Vukusic – Scurlock’s Graveyard / Brian McCabe — The annual inspections of the Dublin & Blessington Steam Tramway Company in 1912 and 1913 / James Scannell — Donard’s New Church, 1925 [from the Leinster Leader Saturday, 18th July, 1925] — The Wicklow landlord who held sway over the British Empire: Parnell and his times / Mary Bergin — Raids, robberies and attacks: West Wicklow during the Civil War / Jason Lawlor.

Extra #1: Contains several black & white photographs 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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