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A Fair Old Time!

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Full title: The Humours of Donnybrook: Dublin’s famous fair and its suppression

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book / 56p

When Published: 1995

Publisher / Place of Publication: Irish Academic Press Ltd. / Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

About: This is book Number 4 in the series ‘Maynooth Studies in Local History’. The series presents outputs arising from the M.A. Programme in Local History at St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth. This particular volume tells the story of the Fair at Donnybrook which officially occurred for more than half a century and may even its origins in pre-Christian times. It was certainly part of a wider European culture of carnival or celebration. Unfortunately the authorities saw fit to abolish it in 1855 as a consequence of what would be known today as ‘anti-social behaviour’. Indeed the word ‘donnybrook’ has entered the Oxford English Dictionary to mean “a scene of uproar and disorder’.

ID number(s): 0716525690

Chapters: Maynooth Studies in Local History — Preface — Introduction and Historical Background — The World of Carnival — Lent Victorious — Notes.

WW Connection #1: The author is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes four illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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Crackers? Not the Christmas Type

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Full title: W&R Jacob: celebrating 150 years of Irish biscuit making

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book / 121p

When Published: 2001

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Woodfield Press / 17 Jamestown Square, Dublin 8.

About: This book tells the story of Jacobs, the famous Dublin biscuit makers. The Jacob Family, who were Quakers, started their enterprise in Waterford in 1851 but soon relocated to Dublin. Well-known products made by Jacobs included Cream Crackers, Kimberley, Mikado, Coconut Creams and Fig Rolls. Unfortunately, the book does not divulge how they got the figs into the Fig Rolls.

ID number(s): 0953429318

Chapters: Chronology — Picture Credits — Acknowledgements — Preface — Brothers and Friends — Fire, Revolution – and Cream Crackers! — The Figs in the Fig Rolls — From Family Firm to National Stage — On the Move – A New Home in Tallaght — Jacob’s in Literature — Partners / Directors of W. & R. Jacob Co., Dublin — Short Bibliography.

WW Connection #1: The author is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes many illustrations, photographs, advertisements and a Family Tree.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

History’s Biggest Mysteries (as Gaeilge)

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Full title: Mistéiri Móra

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book / 79pp

When Published: 1990 (reprinted in 1993)

Publisher / Place of Publication: AN GÚM / 44 O’Connell Upper, Dublin 1.

About: A children’s book written in the Irish language. It gives brief accounts (2-3 pages) of some of the biggest mysteries and wonders throughout history. The topics include Tutankhamun’s Curse, the Marie Celeste, Jack the Ripper, UFOs as well as subjects from Irish history and mythology. A book that will excite the imagination of young readers, it is aimed at learners of the Irish Language and includes translations of the more difficult words.

ID number(s): 1857910753

Chapters: Mallacht Thútancamóin – Í Bhreasai – Atlantas?  – El Dorado – Long Mhaol – An Chosmhuintir! – Cérbh é Jack the Ripper? – Cás Bhríd Ní Mhurchú – Comhtharlú nó …? — An Marie Celeste — I gcoim na hoíche – Triantán an Diabhail – Fear na gCrúb? – A Shagairt, a Rún! – An Bhean Chaointe – Cathlán chun Siúil – Sloc an Airgid – Seomraí Siúil – Ollphéisteanna Móra Gránna – Cuairteoirí Chugainn?

WW Connection #1: The author is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Each chapter includes a colour illustration by Peter Haigh.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

A Teenage Summer (as Gaeilge)

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Full title: Samhradh Samhradh [a novel]

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book / 160p

When Published: 1983

Publisher / Place of Publication: Pangar Dubh / 463 Páirc Orwell, Teach Mealóg, Baile Átha Cliath 12

About: A novel for teenagers, written in the Irish language. The principal character goes to see the Rolling Stones in concert at Slane, but doesn’t return home. Instead an adventure is undertaken not only throughout Ireland but through time as well. A musical theme runs through the book.

ID number(s): None

WW Connection #1: The author is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: “Feach an héileacaptar!” arsa an síobshiúlai, ag síneadh a mhéire ar an spota glioscarnach sa speir thoir…

Extra #2: This book won a prize in Comórtas an Oireachtais 1983.

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Wonders of Ireland (as Gaeilge)

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Full title: Iontais na hÉireann

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book / 84pp

When Published: 1995

Publisher / Place of Publication: AN GÚM / 44 O’Connell Upper, Dublin 1.

About: A children’s book written in the Irish language. The book is a mixture of fairy tales and true stories, all collected under the banner of ‘Irish Wonders’. The book is aimed at learners of Irish and includes translations of the more difficult words.

ID number(s): 1857911733

Chapters: Long an tSaibhris – An bhaca tú do Vailintín  – An áit is dorcha in Éireann –An chloch a ligeadh liú aisti! – Nithe a thiteann as an spéir – An tslí mhór thar an bportach –Saighdiúir ar iarraidh – Leiviatan Pharsonstown – Cuileog, dar fia! — Chroith mé lámh leis na mairbh – Cá bhfaightear an fhalcóg mhór? — Fuinneog an bháis – Arkle – ar luas lasrach – An Mol Theas I gCiarrái! – Dineasár I gContae an Dúin – Cá bhfuil Shergar? – Réabóirí reilige – Póg na beatha – Master McGrath – ar nós na gaoithe – Gadaíocht sa Chaisleán.

WW Connection #1: The author is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Each chapter includes a colour illustration by Pieter Sluis.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

One Part Land and One Part Lake

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Full title: Lacken, county Wicklow

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 17p

When Published: 1998

Publisher / Place of Publication: Four Courts Press / Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane, Dublin 8

Parent Publication [book]: Irish townlands: studies in local hisory / edited by Paul Connell, Denis A. Cronin & Brian Ó Dalaigh / 235pp

About: One of nine essays collected in this book which celebrates the basic administrative unit of settlement in Ireland. This particular chapter details the history of Lacken ‘towneland’, in the civil parish of Baltyboys, barony of Talbotstown Lower, county of Wicklow. The townland, once over 1500 acres in extent, lost almost half of this beneath the waters of the Poulaphuca Reservoir. The sense of loss is still palpable.

ID number(s): 1851823190

Extra #1: includes map and several graphs.

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

Extra #3: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Early Local Government in Suburban Dublin

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Full title: Dublin’s suburban towns, 1847-1930 : governing Clontarf, Drumcondra, Dalkey, Killiney, Kilmainham, Pembroke, Kingstown, Blackrock, Rathmines and Rathgar

Creator / Author: Séamas Ó Maitiú

Item Type / Page count: Book / 256p

When Published: 2003

Publisher / Place of Publication: Four Courts Press Ltd. / 7 Malpas Street, Dublin 8.

About: In the nineteenth century places such as Clontarf, Drumcondra, Dalkey, Killiney, Kilmainham, Pembroke, Kingstown, Blackrock, Rathmines and Rathgar were the suburbs of Dublin City. This book looks at the history of these townships and their impact on the political, social, domestic and cultural life of the ever expanding capital city.

ID number(s): 1851827226 / 1851827234

Chapters: Introduction — Establishing townships  — Township administration, finance and staffing  — Health and wholesome water: the fight for environmental control — The Royal Commission on boundaries: the Exham Commission, 1878 — From township to urban district council — Cultivating the civic arts: expanded services — In time of international and domestic war: 1914-23 — In a free state, 1922-30 — Notes — Appendix: Rathmines & Rathgar Commissioners, 1847-1930 — Bibliography.

WW Connection #1: The author is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes many illustrations, photographs and maps.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

West Wicklow Through Scottish Eyes (1)

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Full title: The Wicklow World of Elizabeth Smith, 1840 – 1850.

Creator / Author: Dermot James and Séamas Ó Maitiú, editors.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 160p

When Published: 1996

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Woodfield Press / 29 Oaklands Terrace, Terenure, Dublin 6.

About: Elizabeth Smith (neé Grant) was born in Scotland in 1797. While in India, she met and married Colonel Henry Smith of Baltiboys House. After he inherited the estate, they came to live there. Elizabeth kept a journal which describes her day to day life and that of the surrounding areas. The editors of this book have taken a selection of extracts from her journal and penned a commentary covering the period 1840 – 1850.

ID number(s): 095284530X /9780952845300 (paperback edition)

ID number(s): 0952845318 / 9780952845317 (hardback edition)

Chapters: Preface — Introducing Elizabeth Smith — 1840 – ‘All thriving except old Shannon’  — 1841-1842 ‘My whole heat is in Baltiboys’  — 1843-1844 ‘Twelve busy years we have lived here’  — 1845 ‘Two damaged potatoes, the first we have seen’ — 1846 ‘Here comes the famine’  — 1847 ‘Alas, the famine progresses’  — 1848 ‘We in Baltiboys must descend a few pegs’  — 1849 ‘God help the country, man won’t seemingly’ — 1850 ‘The starving children are looking better already’ — Epilogue — Appendix 1: Memorials of the dead — Appendix 2: Historical and statistical descriptions of Blessington, Baltiboys and Ballymore,1837 –Index to placenames — Index to persons.

WW Connection #1: Apart from the subject matter, editor Séamas Ó Maitiú is a resident of West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes many illustrations, 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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