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125 Years of Education in Blessington

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Full title: A History of St. Mary’s National School Blessington: 125th anniversary 1882 – 2007.

Creator / Author: St. Mary’s National School

Item Type / Page count: Book / 159p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: St. Mary’s National School/ Blessington, Co. Wicklow.

About: A book that is a commemoration of 125 years of teaching at the local primary school. It celebrates the history of the community as told through a compendium of short pieces brought to life by past and present pupils.

ID number(s):None

Contents: Chairman’s address – Principal’s address — Introduction – Forewords – Hedge schools / Larry McCorristine – The National School System / Larry McCorristine – Towards a new school: Blessington 1882 – Blessington Catholic Schools – A Lament for Allen View National School [ballad] / Pat ‘Phildy’ McGowan – An Interview with Mr. Frank Murphy – probably the oldest surviving pupil of St. Mary’s – “I learned nothing” / Frank Murphy – Pat Hanlon (aged 93 years), The Rundle, Knockieran – Bridie and Jane Tyrell – “Worse than Purgatory” / Evelyn Hudson – “Never missed a day” / Tom Tyrell – The Blessington Tram [ballad] / Peter C. Grattan – Sheila Walsh, née Boylan, aged 82 years – Billy Crowley – an interview – The Teaching of Religion in the National School – Parish Priests of Blessington Parish – The Church of Our Mother of Mercy / Beth Halligan — The Church of Our Lady of the Most Holy Sacrament / Beth Halligan – Seamus Dowling: the man from Mill House – School in the 1940’s – From Blessington to Baghdad / Joe Halligan – Hampden Bomber Crash Site Blackhill 1941 – Annie Byrne née Geoghegan, Burgage – “The Good Old Days” / Pete Nolan – The Primary Certificate – My Memories of St. Mary’s N.S. 1948-1949 / Ron Charles née Veronica Bohan — Knitting and Sewing – She Taught Them All / Vincent Byrne – Mrs. Elizabeth O’Donnell / Manus O’Donnell – Sean Davin, Principal of St. Mary’s N.S. from 1968-1996 – Memories of St. Mary’s National School, Blessington / Theresa Torsney née Creighton — Memoirs of St. Mary’s / Rena Hennessy – Willie Sargent Remembers – Blessington National School Parents Association – Darren McHugh – Schooldays in the 1980’s / Larissa Nolan – Gemma Ashe (R.I.P.) – Comórtas / Ciaran Duffy – Christy Casey – New Principal – Christy Casey (R.I.P.) – an appreciation – Lisa Frederick-Dunne (R.I.P) – Gerry Brown, Principal of St. Mary’s N.S., Blessington 1999-2007 – German in St. Mary’s 1995-2003 / Iris Rouse – Remembering St. Mary’s National School, Blessington 1995 to 2003 / Ellen Bytyqi, Naseem Nolan & Macha O’Donnell – Sport in St. Mary’s National School, Blessington / Lisa Smith – Turning the Sod / Gerry Brown – 125th Anniversary Mass and Unveiling of Commemorative Stone — St. Mary’s National School, Blessington, Co. Wicklow – List of teachers – Epilogue.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Contains dozens of black and white photographs, mainly of local people.

A Fourth Valleymount Compendium

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© The Publisher

Full title: Valleymount. Facets of our Local History (Part IV: the unpublished volume, added May 2013 by John Hussey)

Creator / Author: John Hussey & contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Journal (Complete issue) / eBook / 39p

When Published: [Posted online] May 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: [Parish of Valleymount / Valleymount, Co. Wicklow].

About: This is the last of four collections (so far) of local history material which was first published separately in various issues of the Valleymount Parish News. This last issue was never made available as such. Rather, John Hussey has gathered together various pieces that were mostly not already included in the first three volumes to make up a virtual fourth volume of material. The major article here recounts an altar boy’s memories of local parish priest, Fr. John Moynihan.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Teacher’s Residence, Lacken / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Death of Fr. Heffernan P.P [taken from Leinster Leader] – Ballyknockan National Brass and Reed Band [taken from Leinster Leader] – “Dip me Flute” / Mattie Lennon – Valleymount I.C.A. / Tess Curran – The Coal Pit / Mattie Lennon – Bishop Boden’s Well Lacken, Sunday November 5th 1978 / Fr. Richard Cantwell  – School in Lacken in the nineteen hundreds / Mattie Lennon — Parish Properties – Community Centre / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Renovation of the old Parochial House / Fr. Richard Cantwell — The Irish Journals of Elizabeth Smith, 1840-1850, edited for us by Mattie Lennon – Rerum Novarum: Memories of Fr. John Moynihan / Michael O’Brien (a Valleymount altar boy of many years ago) — A few historical notes from 150 years ago / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Matt Reid / Fr. Richard Cantwell – The Punchestown Races (in memory of Pa O’Brien) / Michael O’Brien – A few little details of Boystown gleaned from the census of 1841 / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Old names of fields in our parish / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Stone trough in Baltyboys cemetery / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Baltyboys House — Irish Folklore Commission – Local Weather Observations / Maggie Broe.

Extra #1: Link to the full text of this magazine via this page at blessington.jimdo.com.

Extra #2: Hat tip to John Hussey who maintains the Blessington.jimdo.com website for posting the text of this magazine online

A Third Valleymount Compendium

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Full title: Valleymount. Facets of our Local History Part Three

Creator / Author: Fr. Richard Cantwell (editor) & contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Magazine (Complete issue) / 65p

When Published: Easter 1993

Publisher / Place of Publication: Parish of Valleymount / Valleymount, Co. Wicklow.

About: This is the third of four collections of local history material which was first published separately in various issues of the Valleymount Parish News. It covers areas such as Lacken, Baltyboys, Blessington, Poulaphuca and Valleymount. About one-third of this issue is taken up with an article about the various parish priests that have served in the parish. The publication is photocopied rather than printed and the quality of reproduction reflects this.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Cover drawing: The Church — Bronze Age cemetery at Carrig, Co. Wicklow / Eoin Grogan — Snippets from ‘Leinster Leader’ – Balfe-the-Robber or Cock-a-Hoof / Fr. Richard Cantwell  – “A hoor of a flood” / Mattie Lennon — Lacken Well / Mattie Lennon — School in Lacken in the nineteen-hundreds / Mattie Lennon — Snippets from ‘Leinster Leader’ – Highway robbery at the Tollhouse — Boyce Oh Boyce / Matty Lennon – Saint Patrick stood at Burgage Bridge / Matty Lennon – Light in Lacken / Mattie Lennon – E.S.B. installations at Lacken / Mattie Lennon — Ninety eight in Kilbeg / Mattie Lennon — Lines by a local poet on the funeral of Fr. Rowan [poem] – The bonfire stones / Mattie Lennon — The January fair / Matty Lennon — The Irish Journals of Elizabeth Smith, 1840-1850, edited for us by Mattie Lennon — Griffith’s Valuation Parish of Boystown [reproduction] – History of our former Parish Priests / Fr. Richard Cantwell.

Extra #1: Contains illustrations and reproduction photographs throughout the text.

Extra #2: Link to the full text of this magazine via this page at blessington.jimdo.com.

Extra #3: Hat tip to John Hussey who maintains the Blessington.jimdo.com website for posting the text of this magazine online

Meditations as Gaelige

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Full title: Salmurnaithe

Creator / Author: Caoimhín de Líon (writer) and Bríd Dáibhís (translator)

Item Type / Page count: Book / 160p

When Published: 2001

Publisher / Place of Publication: Foilseacháin Ábhair Spioradálta, Teach Manresa, S.J., Baile na gCorr, Cluain Tarbh, Baile Átha Cliath 3.

About: A book of meditations and prayers based on Psalms 1-150. This is a translation into the Irish language of the collection titled ‘Psalm Prayers for Every Mood’. The original English-language edition was published under the author’s English name, Kevin Lyon, in 1997 and issued in a new revised edition in 2000.

ID number(s): 0954075323

Chapters: Macnamh ar Shalm 1, 2, 3…….Macnamh ar Shalm 148, 149, 150.

WW Connection #1: The original author served at various times, as parish priest of Blessington, of Dunlavin and of Donard.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Link to the author’s website http://www.kevinlyon.info/index.html

Diary of a Parish Priest

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Full title: Canon Frederick Donovan’s Dunlavin, 1884-1896: a West Wicklow village in the late nineteenth century

Creator / Author: Chris Lawlor

Item Type / Page count: Book / 64p

When Published: 2000

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Academic Press / 44 Northumberland Road, Dublin 4.

About: Canon Donovan served as parish priest of Dunlavin for twelve years towards the end of the 19th century. This short book highlights Canon Donovan’s diary, which provides a picture of the life of Catholics in the area during a time of great change. The book is based on a thesis prepared by the author as part of a Master’s Programme in Local History at Maynooth University.

ID number(s): 0716527243 / 9780716527244

Chapters: Introduction — Donovan’s place: the Dunlavin region, 1881-1901 — Donovan’s parish: religion in Dunlavin, 1881-1901 — Donovan’s politics: nationalist Dunlavin, 1881-1901 — Conclusion — Notes.

WW Connection #1: Apart from the subject matter, the author is a native of Dunlavin.

Extra #1: includes maps.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #3: 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

A Valley So Sweet

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Full title: The vale of Avoca: an illustrated history and guide

Creator / Author: Caoimhín de Líon

Item Type / Page count: Book / 64p

When Published: 1967 and later editions

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

About: A well illustrated and comprehensive guide to the Vale of Avoca, including three chapters relating to Thomas Moore, regarded as Ireland’s National Poet.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Avoca’s early history — Avoca’s former wealth — The Avoca tramway — Avoca’s churches and churchmen — Moore’s tree — Thomas Moore — Moore’s Irish melodies — Handweaving — Whaley Abbey — Walks and drives around Avoca — Avondale — A journey through the vale.

WW Connection #1: The author served at various times, as parish priest of Blessington, of Dunlavin and of Donard.

Extra #1: includes photographs and song lyrics.

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

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