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Baltinglass Detective Reigns in Spain

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Full title: The City in Darkness: a Stefan Gillespie novel

Creator / Author: Michael Russell

Item Type / Page count: Book / 338p

When Published: 2016

Publisher / Place of Publication: Constable / Carmelite House, 50 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DZ.

About: This is the third book in a series of historical crime fiction featuring the West Wicklow based Detective Inspector Stefan Gillespie. The action ranges from the Wicklow Mountains through Dublin and on to Spain and Portugal. The book is set in the early 1940’s which allows the author scope to use Second World War Europe and the ‘Emergency’ period in Ireland as backdrop to the story.

ID number(s): 9781472121929 / 9781472121912 / 9781472121943

WW Connection #1: The hometown of the main character is given as Baltinglass.

WW Connection #2: The author is a resident of the Baltinglass / Kiltegan area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “There was barely a whisper of mist on the Upper Lake, a softness in the air where the water rippled among reeds and lapped on the pebble beach at the eastern end…”

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 courtesy of Irish Examiner newspaper

Extra #5: Visit the Author’s Website

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Baltinglass Detective in the Big Apple

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Full title: The City of Strangers [a novel]

Creator / Author: Michael Russell

Item Type / Page count: Book / 486p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Avon / 77-85 Fulham Place Road, London W6 8JB.

About: Another adventure for the West Wicklow based detective, Garda Sergeant Stefan Gillespie. A suspected murderer of a woman in Dublin becomes a fugitive and our hero is sent to New York to bring him back to face justice. However, that is just the start of the story and when Stefan bumps into an old friend in New York, things take a more complicated turn.

ID number(s): 9781847563477

WW Connection #1: The hometown of the main character is given as Baltinglass.

WW Connection #2: The author is a resident of the Baltinglass / Kiltegan area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: “The storm did not come suddenly. All day the wind from the Atlantic has blown hard and cold and fast against Pallas Strand…”

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 courtesy of writing.ie

Extra #5: Visit the Author’s Website

Baltinglass Detective Does His Stuff

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Full title: The City of Shadows [a novel]

Creator / Author: Michael Russell

Item Type / Page count: Book / 468p

When Published: 2012

Publisher / Place of Publication: Avon / 77-85 Fulham Place Road, London W6 8JB.

About: A thriller which ranges from Dublin to Danzig and across the Dublin / Wicklow Mountains. The hero is Detective Stefan Gillespie who tries to solve the interlocked mysteries of two murders and a missing woman amid a city reluctant to reveal its darker secrets.

ID number(s): 9781847563460

WW Connection #1: The book is partially set in the hills of West Wicklow and the hometown of the main character is given as Baltinglass.

WW Connection #2: The author is a resident of the Baltinglass / Kiltegan area.

Extra #1: Opening line: ”The moon shone on the Liffey as it moved quietly through Dublin, towards the sea…”

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 courtesy of writing.ie

Extra #5: Visit the Author’s Website

Hat-Tip: Thanks to the Carlow Nationalist Newspaper of 26/02/2013 for bringing this publication to our attention.

Gathering up Kiltegan History

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Full title: Kiltegan : the Gathering 2013

Creator / Author: Kiltegan ‘Gathering’ Committee

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 56p

When Published: 2012

Publisher / Place of Publication: Kiltegan ‘Gathering’ Committee / Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow

About: A handsomely-produced booklet that uses ‘The Gathering Ireland 2013’ nationwide event as the focus for looking back at Kiltegan and aspects of its history. The booklet mainly contains short articles of 1-2 pages mostly written by Mary Hickson although several other people have contributed pieces as well.

ID number(s): None

WW Connection #1: Apart from the subject matter, the booklet was printed in Baltinglass.

Chapters: Kiltegan – your own place — Kiltegan Village  — Early Kiltegan — The Hume connection with Kiltegan — Kilranelagh – Talbotstown — Michael Dwyer — Bicentenary of Saint Peter’s Church, Kiltegan (1806-2006) — Church of the Assumption, Tynock — St. Brigid’s Church, Talbotstown — Naomh Treasa National School, Tynock — Scoil Naomh Bríd, Talbotstown — St. Peter’s National School, Kiltegan — Memories of walking home from Tynock School in the 1960’s — St. Patrick’s Missionary Society, High Park — Slí an Chroí — The Kiltegan Village People (listing those living 70-80 years ago, 50 years ago and 25 years ago) — Kiltegan Village Crossroads — Kiltegan GAA Club — Kiltegan Camogie Club — Two Great Gaels — Kiltegan ICA — St. Tegan’s Hall — Kiltegan Drama — Set Dancing — St. Peter’s Parish Centre — Hill walking in the Kiltegan area — Emigration from Kiltegan — The human face of the recession — ‘Gathering’ Calendar of events 2013 — Bibliography.

Extra #1: includes numerous full colour & black/white photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

The Centenary Finals

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Full title: Cluichí Ceannais Peile an Chéid i bPairc an gConndae Eachdruim 16ú Mean Fomháir 1984

Creator / Author: Coiste Condae Chill Mhantáin

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 33p

When Published: 1984

Publisher / Place of Publication: Coiste Condae Chill Mhantáin / Aughrim(?), Co. Wicklow,

About: The official programme for the Wicklow County Football finals that were held in 1984, the centenary year of the foundation of the Gaelic Athletic Association. It contains much material of West Wicklow GAA interest.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Focal ón gCathaoirleach — County Final of ’54 — Vallymount Players 1984 — Moments of History — Gaelic Happenings Thirty Years Ago — The day Wicklow beat the ‘Pride of the West’ — Matt Byrne : Father of the Gaels — Club Secretaries 1886-1887 — Challenge for the Future / A. O’Broin — Tinahely Players 1984 — Centenary Championship Score-Board — Móin an Bhealaigh Highlights — The Long White Road (poem) — Three Men and a Century of Service (Charles S. Parnell, Luke O’Toole, Hugh Byrne) — Co. Football Championship Final 50 Years Ago.   

WW Connection #1: The Senior Football final featured two West Wicklow teams, Tinahely and Valleymount.   

WW Connection #2: The Intermediate Football final featured Lacken.

WW Connection #3: The foreword to the programme was written by Peter Keogh, the Kiltegan native who was the Chairman of the Wicklow GAA County Board.

WW Connection #4: Includes an article (with photo) about Matt Byrne from Baltinglass who was a stalwart of the early GAA movement and became Chairman of the Handball Association of Ireland.    

WW Connection #5: Includes an article by A. O’Broin (Hugh Byrne), the Rathdangan native who was a former President of the GAA.  

Extra #1: includes many photographs of GAA interest.

Brief Irish Lives (3) – Jeremiah Moynihan (1866-1934)

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Full title: Beathaisnéis (Volumes 1-9)

Creator / Author: Diarmuid Breathnach & Máire Ní Mhurchú

Item Type / Page count [1]: Book Series / Various pagings

Item Type / Page count [2]: Website / Publicly accessible

When Published: [1] Book Series 1986-2003 / [2] Website 2011-

Publisher / Place of Publication [1]: An Clóchomhar / Dublin.

Publisher / Place of Publication [2]: Fiontar / Olscoil Chathair Bhaile Átha Cliath, Baile Atha Cliath / Dublin City University, Dublin.

About: The Beathaisnéis Series comprises nine volumes of short Irish-language essays on the lives of important and not-so-important Irish-speaking men and women. There are over 1,700 people featured from 1560 to the present and we will revisit this excellent series to highlight other Irish speakers who have a connection to West Wicklow. The text of all 9 volumes has now been digitised and published as a fully-searchable database on the website Ainm.ie

This blog entry refers to Jeremiah Moynihan (Diarmuid Ó Muimhneacháin)  who was a member of the Royal Irish Constabulary between 1890-1920. He was born in 1866 in the parish of Ballyvourney in Cork into a family of well-known Irish poets. He retained this interest throughout his life and published pieces in various publications. A selection of his work appeared in book form in 1946 under the title ‘Bhéarsaí “Dhá Chích Dhanann”‘. After retiring he took a farm in Manor Kilbride but continued his love of Irish culture by teaching classes in Tallaght, Brittas and Newcastle. He is buried in Baltinglass.

ID number(s): 0953294730 / 9780903758765 / 0903758652 / 0903758830 / 0903758768 / 9780903758550

WW Connection #1: Jeremiah Moynihan served as an RIC sergeant in both Baltinglass and Kiltegan.

Extra #1: Link to the biographical essay on Jeremiah Moynihan via ainm.ie.

Extra #2: Browse the 1901 Census entry for Moynihan Family in Baltinglass.

Extra #3: Browse the 1911 Census entry for Moynihan Family in Baltinglass.

Extra #4: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #5: Check OCLC WorldCat.org for this publication in libraries worldwide.

The Sporting Life of Kiltegan Neighbourhood

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Full title: Gateway to Glory: a GAA Story. Rathdangan / Kiltegan 1886-1996

Creator / Author: Peter Keogh

Item Type / Page count: Book / 404p

When Published: 1997

Publisher / Place of Publication: Cumann Naomh Teagáin / Kiltegan, Co. Wicklow

About: This is the story of over 110 years of Gaelic Games and other sporting activities in the greater Rathdangan / Kiltegan area of West Wicklow.

ID number(s): None

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

Chapters: Foreword / Peadar MacEochaidh — Failte ón Cathaoirleach / Sean O’tuathail — Foreword to an as yet un-named master piece / Sean Boothman — Prologue — The beginning — Kiltegan at the turn of the century — Rathdangan [1886-1929] / Jim O’Toole — The faction fight — The big breakthrough [1930-1935] — The invincibles [1936-1948] — Time gentlemen! — The decline [1949-1961] – The chapel at Killamoate [poem / Tom Kelly] — Kiltegan at last [1929-1932] — Days of despair [1933-1943] — Rathdangan / Kiltegan united — The split — Kiltegan ’49 — Nicknames — Lean times in the 50’s — Barren years — Sowing the seeds — In lighter vein — Hurling hopefuls — Going places — Rebirth [1965-969] — Crowley capers — The seventies — A medal at last 1972 — Doogue days 1973 — Matt Finn intervenes — Juvenile interlude ’71 to ’84 — Harvey at the helm [1975-1979] — Decade of glory — 1984 Centenary year — 1986-The fabulous first — Hurling heroes — Joseph Keegan — The Nineties — The glory years [1993-1996] — Kiltegan [poem] / Jimmy Smullen — West awake — Michael Dwyers — Tynock — Ballybrack — The Shamrocks — Paying the piper — Kiltegan’s big day [poem] — Camogie in Kiltegan / Mary Kelly — The breakthrough — 1978: Wicklow reach All-Ireland semi-final — Wicklow county camogie victory (1978) — Kiltegan – first Leinster club champions — The eighties-the end of a glorious era — Those were the days — A new beginning — Ladies football — May McGuinness — Handball — Football for fun — The field — Team of the century – Personality parade — Hello to Rathdangan [poem]  — Referees — In far away fields — Other sports — Sean O’ Nolán 1871-1947 — Scór — High achievers — Club chairmen — Macra — Roll of honour — Sideline cuts — Records section — Advertising — Acknowledgement — Thanks / Sponsors — Epilogue / Micheál O’Foghlú.

Extra #1: includes numerous full colour & 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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