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19th-Century Catholic Ancestors from Baltinglass Parish





Full title: Baltinglass, Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin, Counties of Wicklow, Kildare

Creator / Author: The National Library of Ireland

Item Type: Website / Publicly Accessible

Homepage URL: http://registers.nli.ie/

When Viewed: Contents described are those showing when viewed in Sept 2016.

Publisher / Place of Publication: National Library of Ireland / Kildare Street, Dublin 8.

About: The National Library of Ireland holds microfilm copies of over 3500 church registers from parishes in Ireland. The library has now digitised these registers as images which provide records of baptisms and marriages from the majority of Catholic parishes in Ireland and Northern Ireland up to around 1880. The available registers are not searchable by individual’s names. Instead, they are browseable by diocese, parish and date, searchable by parish and it is possible to zoom from a country map to parish level. This blog entry relates to the parish of Baltinglass, a small part of which extends into County Kildare.

Contents:  These registers cover baptisms (1807-1881) and marriages (1810-1880) and deaths (1824-1830). These date ranges are indicative only and coverage may be incomplete. Please refer to the NLI site for specific coverage.

Extra #1: Browse the Catholic Parish Registers for Baltinglass Parish

Hat-Tip: To The National Library of Ireland who have arranged for the digitisation of these records and their free accessibility online.

First Baltinglass Parish Review

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Full title: The Baltinglass Review: stories from Baltinglass, Bigstone, Grangecon, Stratford.

Creator / Author: Compiled by the Communications Sub Group of the Parish Pastoral Council, photography by Nigel Gillis Photography

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 46pp

When Published: 2004

Publisher / Place of Publication: St. Joseph’s Parish Baltinglass / Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow.

About: This is the very first issue of what has become an annual publication. Within its A4-sized format, it chronicles activities in the parish during the previous year, publishes short articles of general or historical interest and includes photographs past and present. Contemporary advertisements help to provide a snapshot of local economic activity.

ID number(s): None

Contents: A Word from the Parish Priest / Tommy Dillon – Chairperson of the Communications Group / Assumpta O’Neill – Lourdes / Sr. Brigid – Our Journey to the National Finals of the Credit Union Schools Quiz 2004 – An Adventure in Guatemala / Marina Doyle – Baltinglass Town Soccer Club – Baltinglass Foróige Club – A Word of Greeting from the President of Macra na Feirme / Thomas Honner — Baltinglass Lions Club / Eddie Hillan – Caring for Baltinglass Cross / Pat Fleming – Photo Gallery [1] – Seeing Self-Help on the Ground in Africa / Monica Gorman – Rathbran Cemetery: an Historical Place of Interest / Kay Halstead – A World Champion for Baltinglass and Bigstone / Kieran Burke – By Candlelight [poem] / Mary Ryder – First Holy Communion 2004: a mother’s perspective / Nellie Barrett – A Child’s Perspective / Jennifer Barrett – The Activities of Baltinglass Hospital / Josie Dooley – Building a Rainbow / Janet Gorman – Active Retirement Association / Margaret O’Donnell – Liam Lawton in Concert / Mary Hendrick – Baltinglass Golf Club / Danny Losty – Climbing Ben Nevis: and coming back down again / Monica Gorman – Indoor Bowls: Balto’s Best Performing Team of ’04 / Edward Lawrence – Sam McAllister: our oldest resident / Paul Gorry – Baltinglass Town Park / Lisa MacGabhann – Baltinglass Adult Learning Centre / Annette Mangan – Proposed Parish Centre: a plan for tomorrow / Jim Kearney – The Show Must Go On / Pauline Hayes – A New Home in Baltinglass / Michael Staunton – Looking Back / Frank Hunt – Memory Lane [photographs] – Making History for Parents – Grangecon Boxing Club: fighting for forty years / Declan O’Kane – Liam Completes Route 66 / Liam Hanlon – The Wind of Change / Jim Fanning – Local Whizz Kid Flies Balto Flag / Jimmy Burke – Retirement / Joey Fagan – Photo Gallery [2] – Baltinglass G.A.A. Club / Martin Coleman – Photo Gallery [3] – Puzzles – Golden Jubilee of Fr. Des – Baltinglass Cultural Weekend / Vinny Gethings.

Extra #1: Contains at least seven pages of photographs, not counting pictures included in individual articles.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Households in Rathbran Parish in middle of 19th century

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Full title: Parish of Rathbran

Creator / Author: Richard Griffith

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / eDoc / 9p

When Published: 1854

Publisher / Place of Publication: Alexander Thom and Sons for Her Majesty’s Stationary Office / 87 Abbey Street, Dublin.

Parent Publication [book]: County of Wicklow: valuation of the several tenements comprising that portion of the Union of Baltinglass situate in the county above named / Richard Griffith, General Valuation Office / 106pp

About: The property tax system of 1850’s Ireland. It was the first major attempt at valuing property. This section lists householders in the Parish of Rathbran, part of the area covered by the Poor Law Union of Baltinglass in West Wicklow.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Ballinacrow Lower — Ballinacrow Upper — Ballyhook — Ballyhook Demesne — Ballyhook Hill — Ballynatone — Gibralter — Goldenfort — Kill — Manger — Mattymount — Raheen — Rampere — Rathbran — Saundersgrove — Saundersgrove Hill — Scurlogue — Stratford — Town of Stratford — Tuckmill Hill — Tuckmill Lower — Tuckmill Upper — Winetavern — Town of Stratford.

Extra #1: Read the entries for  GV Rathbran Parish (pdf file).

Extra #2: Search Griffiths Valuation and link to contemporary maps at AskAboutIreland.ie

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Celebration of a Cemetery

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Full title: Rathbran Cemetery – Reilig an Bhrain Dubh: Jubilee Pilgrimage Celebration, Sunday 25th June, 2000

Creator / Author: [Compiled by Paddy McDonald]

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 13pp

When Published: 2000

Publisher / Place of Publication: [Jubilee Pilgrimage Committee?] / [Stratford-on-Slaney?].

About: As part of a special Millennium Project the community of Stratford-on-Slaney embarked on a major tidy-up and restoration of the ancient burial-ground of Rathbran. This photocopier-produced booklet was produced to accompany a pilgrimage celebration held to mark the completion of the project. It provides a short history of Rathbran townland and lists the names of people who were buried in the cemetery between 1921-1999.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Rathbran Cemetery – A list taken from Parish Registers of people buried in Rathbran cemetery.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: View the entry for ‘Rathbran’ in the Placenames Database of Ireland.

Extra #3: For information, an account of the pilgrimage celebration was published in the Carlow Nationalist newspaper on 14th July, 2000.

Statistical Snapshot of West Wicklow in 1851

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Full title: The Census of Ireland for the year 1851: Part I showing the area, population, and number of houses, by townlands and electoral divisions: County of Wicklow

Creator / Author: House of Commons, Great Britain

Item Type / Page count: Book / 32p

When Published: 1852

Publisher / Place of Publication: Alexander Thom and Sons for Her Majesty’s Stationary Office / 87 Abbey Street, Dublin.

About: A statistical return of the extent of townlands and towns, their Poor Law valuation, the number of males/females and the number of houses in County Wicklow. The number of persons and houses for 1841 are included for comparison purposes. This allows for a quick check on the effect that the Great Famine had on the demographics of West Wicklow.

ID number(s): HC 1852-53, (1544), XCI.347

Contents: [West Wicklow Parishes Only] Aghowle — Ardoyne — Ballynure — Baltinglass — Blessington — Boystown — Burgage — Carnew — Crecrin — Crehelp  — Donaghmore — Donard — Dunlavin — Freynestown — Hacketstown — Hollywood — Kilbride — Kilcommon — Kilranelagh — Kiltegan — Liscolman — Rathbran — Rathsallagh — Rathtoole — Tober

Extra #1: Read this publication online  (pdf file) courtesy of  the Enhanced Parliamentary Papers on Ireland website.

Hat-Tip: Thanks to the EPPI website which contains a complete set of British Parliamentary Papers relating to Ireland and Irish affairs published during the period of the Act of Union (1801-1922).

Saint Patrick’s West Wicklow Connections

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Full title: No. III Loca Patriciana. The Palladian Churches. Teach Na Roman, Domnach Arda, Cell Fíne

Creator / Author: John Francis Shearman

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 13p

Journal Information: Journal of the Royal Historical and Archaeological Association of Ireland, Fourth Series, Vol. 2, No. 2 (1873), pp. 486-498

When Published: December 1873

Publisher / Place of Publication: Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin

About: The historical record such as it is, confuses the presence of Saint Patrick in Ireland with that of Saint Palladius. This is the third of thirteen articles on the topic of places associated with Palladius and Saint Patrick. The entire series was subsequently published in book form. This particular article looks at evidence for churches  and sites that would have a link with Palladius / St. Patrick in the West Wicklow areas of Dunlavin and Donard. Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!

ID number(s): 0035-9106

WW Connection #1: The author was C.C. of Dunlavin in West Wicklow

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Read this article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

From Aghfarrell to Yellow Lough (2)

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Full title: The place-names of Co. Wicklow : III – The barony of Talbotstown Upper

Creator / Author: Liam Price

Item Type / Page count: Book / 184p

When Published: 1949

Publisher / Place of Publication: Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies / Merrion Square, Dublin

About: This is the third volume of the definitive seven-volume series which covers the placenames in all the parishes of County Wicklow. The author was a judge in the district courts of Wicklow and his travels throughout the county presented the opportunity to research the history behind local placemanes.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Kiltegan Parish (part) — Kilranelagh Parish — Baltinglass Parish — Rathbran Parish — Ballynure Parish — Rathtoole Parish — Rathsallagh Parish — Freynestown Parish — Donaghmore Parish — Dunlavin Parish (part).

Extra #1: includes map.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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


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