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Confessions of John Charles McNulty

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Full title: The Temporary Gentleman [a novel]

Creator / Author: Sebastian Barry

Item Type / Page count: Book / 270p

When Published: 2014

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber & Faber Limited / Bloomsbury House, 74-77 Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DA

About: Jack McNulty, the narrator in this novel, is a Sligo-born, ex-British Army soldier who finds himself in Africa to where he was posted during World War II. It is 1957 and he really wants to return home to Sligo. However, what is it that prevents him from returning? Does the setting down of the story of his somewhat dissolute life allow us to confer some kind of redemption on him?

ID number(s): 9780571276967 / 9780571276998

WW Connection #1: Author has resided in West Wicklow, including the Tinahely area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ‘It’s a beautiful night and no mistake. You would never think there was a war somewhere’…….

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 Publisher’s website.

Tune in to a Tinahely Poet

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Full title: Tuning In [Poems]

Creator / Author: Paddy O’Byrne

Item Type / Page count: Book / [unpaged]

When Published: [December 2014]

Publisher / Place of Publication: [The Author] / [Rathangan, Co. Kildare].

About: A collection of short poems, the subject matter of which is rooted in the rural Ireland of the 1960’s but which still resonates in the issues confronting modern Irish society. Proceeds from the sale of this book go to The Friends of St. Brigid’s Hospice and Homecare Services, The Curragh, Co. Kildare. The specialist palliative care service for Kildare and West Wicklow is based in St Brigid’s Hospice.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Introduction — Biography — [The Poems] — Crashing Out  — Autumn — Hands of Clay — Ploughshares — Sixth Class (1972) — Spitting Tealeaves — The High Nelly — The Six O’Clock Bell — Blasket Island — Dammed If I Do, Dammed If I Don’t — Fly Fishing — Melt Down — Rolling Stones — Spring Garden — The Chicken Catcher — Tuning In — No Answer — Notions — Sixpence — Spiderman — Summer Rain — The Buttermilk Plant — Doggerel — Fish Fingers — Just Pickin — Mary Moran — Sea Legs — Seamus Heaney — Croagh Patrick — An Act of Contrition — Count Me Out — Padre Pio! Can I Ask You This. Did You Ever……..Smoke — Shelf Life — Unsaid.

WW Connection #1: The author is originally from Tinahely in south west Wicklow and now lives in Rathangan, Co. Kildare. He has acted as facilitator for several Creative Writing projects in the Kildare area.

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 Friends of St. Brigid’s Hospice and Homecare Services website: http://www.friendsofstbrigidshospice.ie/

A Farm and Family Saga

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Full title: Deny Me Not [a novel]

Creator / Author: Margaret Hawkins

Item Type / Page count: Book / 430p

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: Bushel Press / Co. Wexford

About: Hannah Casey has never known her father but when she becomes aware of his name she searches him out. This novel teases out the dramatic events her arrival has on her otherwise childless father and his wider family. Farmland and inheritance is a combustible mix. What chickens will come home to roost before the book’s end?

ID number(s): 9780957534223

WW Connection #1: The author is originally from Tinahely in south-west Wicklow and attended Carnew Vocational School.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ““Odd.” Hannah Casey thought there was nothing in the envelope at first, it looked so flat. It was her mother’s handwriting, she knew, but weak and spidery this time, as if control had gone out of the hand behind it…..”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Read an excerpt from the book via the author’s website:  http://www.margarethawkins.ie/deny-me-not/

And Then There Was Rose

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Full title: Restless spirit: the story of Rose Quinn [a novel]

Creator / Author: Margaret Hawkins

Item Type / Page count: Book / 287p / 288p

When Published: 2006 (1st ed.) / 2013 (2nd ed.)

Publisher / Place of Publication (1st edition): Mercier Press / Douglas Village, Cork

Publisher / Place of Publication (2nd edition): Bushel Press / Co. Wexford

About: This novel is based on a real life person, Rose Quinn (1870-1907), and can be considered a biography in everything but name. Rose Quinn died in an asylum less than a year after being committed there by her husband. The narrator’s father only discloses this information about his aunt shortly before he died. The book provides a picture of what asylum life was like and how Irish society of the early twentieth-century looked on families who had a relative in the asylum. The book also traces parallels between the narrator’s life and that of Rose Quinn – the restless spirit.

ID number(s): 9781856354967 / 1856354962 / 9780957534209

Chapters: Prologue – ‘And then there was Rose’ – Summer 1906 – Extraordinary story – Breakthrough – Matchmaking – Records seen — Soldiers and spectacle – Revelation – The child – Liverpool bound – Clay game – Pattern at St. Senan’s – Wedding day – Response – Committal – Workhouse – More Connection – Transfer – Coming home – Asylum – The way it works: Catherine – Final journey – Big day – More coincidence – Loose ends – Research at St. Senan’s – Appendix 1: Other asylums – Appendix 2: Mental health legislation — Bibliography – A poem for Rose – About the author.

WW Connection #1: The author is originally from Tinahely in south-west Wicklow and attended Carnew Vocational School.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Read an excerpt from the book via the author’s website:  http://www.margarethawkins.ie/deny-me-not/published-work/fiction/

Extra #4: Browse the 1901 Census for Rose Quinn.

Extra #5: Contains several black & white personal and documentary photographs.

A Tinahely Debutante Writer

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Full title: The Locket: coincidence or divine intervention? [Short story]

Creator / Author: Ita Roche

Item Type / Page count: Short story / 29p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Poolbeg Press Ltd., / 123 Grange Hill, Baldoyle, Dublin 13.

Parent Publication [book]: Do the write thing: 14 winning stories by Ireland’s newest writers / 311pp

About: This short story appears in the book featuring the winners  of the ‘Do the write thing’ short story competition in association with the RTÉ television programme ‘Seoige & O’Shea’.  The story was inspired by the loss of the author’s son some 11 years earlier.

ID number(s): 9781842233023

WW Connection #1: The author is from Whiterock, Tinahely in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: “It is the 19th of August 1996 and a scorching hot summer’s evening, 4.30 p.m. to be precise. There is hardly a cloud in the sky”.

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 Publisher’s website.

A Kelsha Summer Like No Other

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Full title: Annie Dunne [a novel]

Creator / Author: Sebastian Barry

Item Type / Page count: Book / 228p

When Published: 2002 and later editions

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber and Faber Limited / 3 Queen Square, London WC 1N 3AU

About:  A novel about country life, changing times, young and old, relationships, innocence, loss and reconciliation. A whole lifetime of experiences within a single summer.

ID number(s): 0571203043 / 9780571216444 / 0571216447 /0670031127 / 9780670031122

WW Connection #1: The book is set in West Wicklow, particularly around the Kelsha area of Kiltegan.

WW Connection #2: Author has resided in West Wicklow, including the Tinahely area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ”Oh, Kelsha is a distant place, over the mountains from everywhere. You go over the mountains to get there, and eventually, through dreams.”

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 Publisher’s website.

1970’s Ireland and How We Got There!

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Full title: In guilt and in glory [a novel]

Creator / Author: David Hanly

Item Type / Page count: Book / 299p

When Published: 1979 (this edition published in 1988)

Publisher / Place of Publication: Poolbeg Press / Swords, Co. Dublin.

About: An American TV crew are travelling around Ireland in an attempt to capture the spirit of the country. They are shepherded around by four Irish locals. Within this scenario, the author tries to distill the contradictions of Irish history and the dilemmas of 1970’s Ireland through the various characters and situations that the group encounters.

ID number(s): 1853710180 / 9781853710186

WW Connection #1: The author, who for many years was the anchor of the  Morning Ireland programme on RTÉ Radio 1, was a resident in Tinahely in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Opening line: ”Stephen Crossan, on the morning of his thirtieth birthday, awoke staring straight out front, his eyes unnaturally bright, his mind clear.”

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

The Write Stuff From Carnew

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Full title: A light in the room: Carnew writers

Creator / Author: Seamus O’Connor (Co-ordinator) & contributors

Item Type / Page count: Book / 42p

When Published: 1994

Publisher / Place of Publication: Carnew Writers’ Group? / Carnew, Co. Wicklow

About: A collection of short stories, articles, essays and poems written by members of a creative writing group that originated from evening classes in the local Colaiste Bhride school in Carnew.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Editorial / Seamus O’Connor — Fantasy flight / S. E. Behan  – A narrow squeak / Richard Barton — Therese / Kay Keating Cullen  — To Tomacork / Pat Doyle — Burial at Doolin / Elizabeth Rawson  — The black valley / Marcella Byrne  — Appreciation / E. J. Twamley  — Auntie’s wedding cake / Kathleen Donegan — Heartache / Annie Molloy — Happiness / Annie Molloy — Speed to the plough / E. J. Twamley — Ink dots / Breda Murphy — The Flood / Breda Murphy — Children’s story / E. J. Twamley — B-17 Boeing Flying Fortress / Adrian McLaughlin — Man / Claire Molloy — A girls head / Marcus Fox — Family / Noeleen Doyle — Timothy / Kathleen Donegan — The wind / Sylvia Behan — Gloria / Kay Keating Cullen  — Snow / Jennifer Hannan — Apart / Marcella Byrne — A flower / John Earley — Living in Liverpool / E. J. Twamley — Spring garden / Jane Austin — Autumn leaves / Marcella Byrne — A child’s logic / Sylvia Behan — Pests / Richard Barton — Hello / Kathleen Donegan — The field / S. E. Behan  – Mystery /Annie Molloy — In the shadow of the fire / Matthew Behan — Notes on contributors.

WW Connection #1: Apart from the local Carnew area, the book also includes the contributions of writers from Ballinastraw, Shillelagh, Tinahely and Coolafancy in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

An Acclaimed Novel of WWI

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Full title: A long, long way [a novel]

Creator / Author: Sebastian Barry

Item Type / Page count: Book / 294p

When Published: 2005 and later editions

Publisher / Place of Publication: Faber / London

About: A novel about an Irishman fighting in World War I with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, set against the backdrop of the impending Easter Rising in Dublin. This book was shortlisted for the Booker prize in 2005 and was selected in the Dublin: One City One Book initiative in April 2007.

ID number(s): 0571218016 / 9780571218011 / 0013074245 / 0571218008

WW Connection #1: Parts of the book refer to locations in West Wicklow

WW Connection #2: Author has resided in West Wicklow, including the Tinahely area.

Extra #1: Opening lines: ”He was born in the dying days. It was the withering end of 1896. He was called William after the long-dead Orange King, because his father took an interest in such distant matters. On top of that, an old great-uncle, William Cullen, was yet living in Wicklow, across the mountains as they used to say, where his father himself had been reared….”

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 Publisher’s website.

22 Stories From the Hills

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Full title: Among the Wicklow Hills

Creator / Author: Nicholas Byrne

Item Type / Page count: Book / 406p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Original Writing / Dublin

About: A collection of short stories capturing the lives of ordinary people in West Wicklow.

ID number(s): 1906018308 / 9781906018306

Contents: The Doctor’s Dilemma — The Curse of Black Hazel — The Skull — The Good Samaritan — The Jaycloth — The Square Box — The Dream — The Counsellor — The Undertaker — The Fugitive of Avoca — The Rising — The Mission — The Spalpeen — The Village School — Terry, the Village Urchin — Waiting for the Call — The Road Overseer — Ned’s Romance — A Fall from Grace — Pete the Farmer — A Reprieve for Old Dan — The Culchies.

WW Connection #1: Stories set in the Wicklow Hills

WW Connection #2: The author was born in Tinahely, Co. Wicklow

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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