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A Shepherd’s Stories

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Full title: Tales and Yarns of Glendalough and the Wicklow Hills: told to John D. Vose by Bill Fanning, shepherd of Glendalough

Creator / Author: Bill Fanning [with John D. Vose]

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 48p

When Published: 1986

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wicklow Hills Publishing Company / County Wicklow.

About: Bill Fanning was a native of Roundwood and a sheep farmer. He had a wealth of stories and legends relating to the Wicklow Mountains. This is a collection of some of the tales that he told to John D. Vose between 1956 and 1985. The stories have proved so popular that the booklet has gone into a second edition.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Introducing the incorrigible Bill Fanning, shepherd of Glendalough — Fair days — Quare characters, tramps, tinkers and ‘chancers’ — Legends of St. Kevin – Childhood days — School days — Wakes and Missions — On the road to Lacken – Zellars O’Lacken – Wee folk, the Banshee and Will O’ the Wisp.

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Three Parishes History

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Full title: The story of Baltinglass: a history of the parishes of Baltinglass, Ballynure and Rathbran in County Wicklow

Creator / Author: Claude Chavasse

Item Type / Page count: Book / 75pp

When Published: 1970

Publisher / Place of Publication: [The Author] / [Briska, Lemybrien, Co. Waterford].

About: In the course of writing a short guide for tourists visiting Baltinglass Abbey, the local rector, Canon Claude Chavasse, found there was so much material that a local history book could be written. This he did shortly after moving to County Waterford. The book is an excellent introduction to the history of the areas that comprise the three parishes.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Preface — Before history – 1. Monuments 2. Legends – The coming of the Monks  – The Abbey buildings – Life in the Abbey –Life outside the Abbey — After the Dissolution – The Stratford Ascendancy – Notes on the O’Neills of Mount Neill — Baltinglass in the 19th and 20th Centuries – [Appendices]  A. Glossary — B. Abbots of Baltinglass – C. Rectors etc of Baltinglass — D. Parish Priests of Baltinglass and Ballynure – E. Curates (R.C.) of Baltinglass and Ballynure – F. Rectors of Ballynure – G. Perpetual curates and Incumbents of Rathbran – H. Patent of Sir Charles Willmott, 1618.

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

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Marsh’s Library of Stories from the Wicklow Uplands

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Full title: Tales of the Wicklow hills : 2000 years of history, myth, legend and local stories

Creator / Author: Richard Marsh

Item Type / Page count: Book / 95p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Richard Marsh / 15 Fontenoy Street, Dublin 7.

About: A compendium of folklore, myths,  legends, ballads, stories and history that encompasses the Wicklow Hills in their widest sense. The length of individual entries ranges from single paragraphs to several pages.

ID number(s): 9780955756801 / 0955756804

Contents: Foreword by Dáithí Ó hÓgain — Preface — The Naming of Baltinglass — The Melodies of Buchet’s House — [Section on] Saint Kevin and Glendalough — Glendalough — Kevin and the Thief, the Bird, the Cow, the Water Monster — Kevin Goes to Hollywood — Kevin and King O’Toole — King O’Toole and St. Kevin [ballad] (from the legend of Samuel Lover) by J. Kearney — Kevin and Fáelán — Kevin and Cathleen — The Fate of Cathleen — By that lake, Whose Gloomy Shore [ballad] — St. Kevin: a Legend of Glendalough [poem] by Samuel Lover — Fingal Rónáin (the kin slaying of Rónán) — Feagh McHugh O’Byrne — The O’Byrnes — The Battle of Glenmalure, 25 August 1580 — Red Hugh O’Donnell’s escape — The end of Feagh — Michael Dwyer — The Hanging of John Moore — Hempenstall, “The Walking Gallows” — [Section on]The Vale of Avoca — Thomas Moore and the Meeting of the Waters — The Meeting of the Waters [ballad] by Thomas Moore — Bob Pyne — The Avoca “Non-leprechaun” — The Tigroney Ghost — The Cherrymount Fairy — The Avoca Púca — “Me and Thee” — The Mottee Stone — The Fairy Tree — The Violation of a Fairy Fort — The Moving Statue — The Big Snow — Toss Byrne’s Stroke — Jimmy Treacy (1920-2006) — [Section on] Miscellaneous Tales — A Redcross Púca — Poulaphuca — The Ball Moat — “Ned Sheehy of Dromin” — A Mysterious Incident in Rathdangan — The Gates of Heaven, Kilranelagh Cemetary — Saint Bridget’s Head Stone — Baltinglass Bell Tower — Shawn Reilly — The Athgreany Stone Circle — “The Night We Riz the Tan” — A Bray Ghost  — Saint Patrick in Wicklow — A Rathnew Stroke — The Glenmalure Man — Notes on the stories — Sources: Published and Oral.

Extra #1: Includes photographs, a map and illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Visit the author’s website

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