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Killed in the Line of Duty

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Full title: Garda Patrick O’Halloran

Creator / Author: Colm Wallace

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 15pp

When Published: 2017

Publisher / Place of Publication: The History Press Ireland / 50 City Quay, Dublin 2.

Parent Publication [book]: The Fallen: Gardaí killed in service 1922-1949 / by Colm Wallace / 255pp

About: During an attempted bank robbery in Baltinglass in 1924, Garda Patrick O’Halloran was fatally injured. This chapter (pp.37-51), taken from a book detailing Gardaí killed in the line of duty 1922-1949, describes the circumstances of the incident. Following a subsequent trial, which is also described in this chapter, one Felix Mc Mullen was convicted of the murder of Garda O’Halloran and was hanged for the crime.

ID number(s): 9780750983761

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 Publisher’s website.

 

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Guilty, Presumed?

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Full title: Larry Murphy [Book Chapter]

Creator / Author: Alan Bailey

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 32p

When Published: 2014

Publisher / Place of Publication: Liberties Press / 140 Terenure Road North, Dublin 6W.

Parent Publication [book]: Missing, Presumed / by Alan Bailey / 296pp

About: Larry Murphy was jailed for a brutal rape and assault which took place in the Kildare / West Wicklow area in February 2000. This book chapter provides details of the crime and also looks at Larry Murphy’s time in prison and at his psychological profile. This psychological profile would appear to make him a suspect in at least some of the cases of fifteen women who disappeared over a time span of twenty years. The author is a former detective and a trained CSI examiner, with a diploma in Criminology.

ID number(s): 9781909718852

WW Connection #1: Larry Murphy was born in Stratford-on-Slaney and lived in Baltinglass 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: Link to the Publisher’s website.

Hanged on This Day in 1924

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Full title: Felix McMullen, Wicklow

Creator / Author: Tim Carey

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 11pp

When Published: 2013

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Collins Press / West Link Park, Doughcloyne, Wilton, Cork.

Parent Publication [book]: Hanged for murder: Irish State executions / by Tim Carey / 280pp

About: On this day, August 1st, 1924 Felix Mc Mullen was hanged. It transpired that during an attempted bank robbery in Baltinglass in 1924, Garda Patrick O’Halloran was fatally injured. He was just the third member of the Garda Síochána to die in the line of duty. This short chapter briefly outlines the incident and the subsequent trial and conviction of Felix Mc Mullen for murder.

ID number(s): 9781848891869

Contents The Bank Raid – Hunt for the Killers – The First Trial – Retrial – Appeal.

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 Publisher’s website.

Instant Expertise on All Things Wicklow!

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Full title: The Little Book of Wicklow

Creator / Author: Chris Lawlor

Item Type / Page count: Book / 142pp

When Published: 2014

Publisher / Place of Publication: The History Press / 50 City Quay, Dublin 2

About: This recently launched book is a miscellany of short pieces on aspects of Wicklow’s history, personalities, social life and culture. It is a gentle introduction to the youngest county in Ireland and can be dipped in and out of at will.

ID number(s): 9781845888565

Contents: Introduction — Monastic Wicklow — Wicklow’s Great Houses — Wicklow Rebels — Crime and Punishment: Tales from Wicklow’s Dark Side — Wicked Wicklow Women — Poor Parnell: Wicklow’s Wronged Leader? — Trial and Retribution: The Only Black and Tan Executed in Ireland — The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921: The Wicklow Connection — Wicklow on the Silver Screen — Wicklow’s Historic Towns.

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

Extra #1: Includes several illustrations.

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.

Extra #5: Link to the author’s blog.

A First Valleymount Compendium

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Full title: Valleymount – Facets of our Local History. Part One

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

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

When Published: Christmas 1990

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

About: Available for the princely sum of 50p, this is the first of four miscellanies which gathers together local history material that was first published separately in various issues of the Valleymount Parish News.  It covers areas such as Lacken, Baltyboys, Poulaphuca and Valleymount and contains a roughly 50/50 mix of church history and secular history. It is a photocopied rather than printed publication and the price and quality of reproduction reflects this.

ID number(s): None

Contents: Cover drawing: The Church — Introduction / Fr. Richard Cantwell  — Church Windows [Our four stained glass windows from the Harry Clarke studios / Fr. Richard Cantwell  – Place Names [Names of townships etc in our Parish of Valleymount] — Death of Fr. Jones [Parish Priest killed in accident] — Recipes: 19th Century [taken from old Valleymount Register 1844-59] — Building Agreement 1862 – Blackditches Church / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Blackditches: its history and its pastors / T. M. O’Reilly — Parish Priests of Valleymount (formerly Baltyboys or Blackditches) — Guide: to Tourists and Sportsmen visiting Blessington and its Environs / T. M. O’Reilly – Advertisements of an earlier age — Tithe Applotment List 1834 / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Stations across the King’s River 1834 / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Tombstones in Baltyboys Cemetery / Brian J. Cantwell — Ballyknockan Brass and Reed Band / Kay Byrne — Lease of former Presbytery, Valleymount / Fr. Richard Cantwell — Fr. Francis O’Loughlin — Ballyknockan Granite Quarries / Mary McEvoy and Annie McEvoy – Plane crash Blackhill, 1941 / Peter Garry [?] – Lacken Church / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Baptismal Font in Lacken Church / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Baptismal Font in Valleymount Church – Lease of Lacken Church / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Parish Visitation: Blackditches and Lacken 1840 / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Lacken / Mrs. White – Presentation to Mrs Easie Gallagher / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Dedication of Lacken Church to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, 1882 – The Hollywood Stone / Aiden O’Sullivan – Quaker burial ground in Baltyboys / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Rude stone monument at Lacken / Fr. Richard Cantwell – The excavation of a relig at Ballyknockan – Two ringforts submerged at Ballyknockan – Poulaphuca reservoir / Fr. Richard Cantwell – Murder at Butterhill – Presentation to Fr. Heffernan – Fr. Finney’s affairs – Items from ‘Leinster Leader’.

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

Caught in the Act

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Full title: The Beast of Baltinglass

Creator / Author: Ken Foy

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 16p

When Published: 2012

Publisher / Place of Publication: Paperweight Publishing Group, Level 4, Building 5, Dundrum Townhouse Centre, Dublin 16.

Parent Publication [book]: CSI Crime Scene Ireland / by Ken Foy / 189pp

About: An account of the investigation into a brutal rape and assault by Larry Murphy which took place in the Kildare / West Wicklow area in February 2000.  He was only apprehended when two local hunters came across him and his victim. The nature of this particular event has led to suspicions that Larry Murphy may have been responsible for other, more serious, crimes against women. The popular media have not been slow in demonising Murphy and the ‘Beast of Baltinglass’ appellation helps to fuel this impression.

ID number(s): 9781908813091

WW Connection #1: The perpetrator of this crime was born in Stratford-on-Slaney and lived in Baltinglass in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Contains colour photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Link to an exclusive extract courtesy of Irish Daily Star Newspaper website.

More on the Murders at Borklemore

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Full title: “Oh, the villain that did it!”

Creator / Author: J. W. H. Carter

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 13p

When Published: 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: The Author / Co. Laois

Parent Publication [book]: Murder in the Midlands, 1862-1915 / by J. W. H. Carter / 497pp

About: Taken from a book of 59 true crime stories, this account (pp134-146) features in the section entitled ‘Land Greed’ . It tells of the double murder of two women at Borklemore in 1893, for which a 74-year old farmer, John Conran, was convicted. He was sentenced to be hanged, but this was commuted to life imprisonment.

ID number(s): 0955192900 / 9780955192906

WW Connection #1: This incident occurred at Borklemore in the neighbourhood of Kiltegan in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Murder of Marilyn

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Full title: The Tunnels: the shocking murder of Marilyn Rynne

Creator / Author: Stephen Rae

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 16p

When Published: 1998

Publisher / Place of Publication: Blackwater Press / c/o Folens Publishers, Unit 8, Broomhill Business Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Parent Publication [book]: Killers: murders in Ireland / by Stephen Rae / 178pp

About: An account of the investigation into the murder of Marilyn Rynn in the Blanchardstown area of Dublin during Christmas Week, 1996. David Lawler was subsequently convicted of this crime in which DNA evidence played a substantial role.

ID number(s): 0861218744 / 9780861218745

WW Connection #1: The perpetrator of this crime was born and raised in Baltinglass 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: A new and revised edition of this book was published in 2002 under the title ‘ Guilty: violent crimes in Ireland”.

Russborough Ransacked

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Full title: The Beit Paintings Robbery

Creator / Author: Paul Williams

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 20p

When Published: 1995 with later editions

Publisher / Place of Publication: O’Brien Press / 20 Victoria Road, Dublin 6.

Parent Publication [book]: The General: Godfather of Crime / by Paul Williams / 221pp

About: This book tells of the exploits of Martin Cahill, aka ‘The General’, who was one of Ireland’s most notorious gangsters.

ID number(s): 0862784336 / 9780862784331

WW Connection #1: The Beit paintings were taken from Russborough House in West Wicklow

Extra #1: includes photographs.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Death on the Double at Borklemore

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Full title: ‘Put the saddle on the right horse’: Borklemore, West Wicklow, 1893

Creator / Author: Seán O’Sullivan

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 19p

When Published: 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: Mercier Press / Douglas Village, Cork

Parent Publication [book]: Hanging Crimes: when Ireland used the gallows / edited by Frank Sweeney / 284pp

About: An account of the double murder of two women at Borklemore in 1893, for which a 74-year old farmer, John Conran, was convicted, amid some controversy.

ID number(s): 1856354628 / 9781856354622

WW Connection #1: This incident occurred at Borklemore in the neighbourhood of Kiltegan 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: The author of this chapter is a former principal of Valleymount National School.

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