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Down by the Liffeyside in Medieval Times

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Full title: The Port of Medieval Dublin: archaeological excavations at the Civic Offices, Winetavern Street, Dublin, 1993

Creator / Author: Andrew Halpin, with contributions by Aidan O’Sullivan and others.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 189p

When Published: 2000

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

About: This book is a detailed account of archaeological investigations that took place during the second phase of the construction of the Civic Offices of Dublin Corporation at Wood Quay. Specifically this dig took place at the proposed location of the car park and uncovered evidence of 12th and 13th century activities at the site.

ID number(s): 1851825843 / 1851825851

Chapters: Introduction — Historical background — Stratigraphy of the site — The wooden waterfronts: a study of their construction, carpentry and use of trees and woodlands / Aidan O’Sullivan — Dendrochronological analysis of oak wood samples – Analysis of sediment samples — The medieval pottery — Medieval boat and ship timbers / Aidan O’Sullivan — Building materials: architectural fragments, roofing tiles and slates, floor tiles — The leather finds — The small finds: stone, metal, wood, bone and antler. Stone artefacts – Wooden artefacts / Aiden O’Sullivan and Mary Deevy — Metal artefacts – Artefacts of bone and antler – Conclusions – Bibliography.

WW Connection #1: Aidan O’Sullivan is a native of Valleymount in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes maps, plans, photographs and 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 Aidan O’Sullivan’s online presence on Academia.edu

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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.

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.

Wicklowman Testing Westmeath Waters

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Full title: Coolure Demesne Crannog, Lough Derravaragh: an introduction to its archaeology and landscapes

Creator / Author: Aidan O’Sullivan, Rob Sands, Eamonn P. Kelly and contributors.

Item Type / Page count: Book / 139p

When Published: 2007

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wordwell Ltd. / P.O. Box 69, Bray, Co. Wicklow.

About: This book is the result of a Heritage Council-funded project that was conducted mainly during the summer of 2004. The authors investigated the most prominent crannog or lake dwelling at Lough Derravaragh in County Westmeath and have produced a preliminary but detailed report which describes the site and its artefacts and which places it in both its pre-historic and historic context. It may be of interest to note that Lough Derravaragh is the location of the principal events in the ‘Children of Lir’ saga where the children were condemned to live as swans for 300 years.

ID number(s):9781905569106

Chapters: Preface — Acknowledgements – Introduction — Artefact analysis — Dating frameworks and implications — Palaeoenvironmental studies – An island in time: Coolure Demesne Crannog in context — Summary and prospect — Appendices: A: Description of the 2004 investigations — B: Test-pit context descriptions — C: Palaeoenvironmental assesments — D: Catalogue of finds from Lough Derravaragh in the NMI — E: Catalogue of metal-detected finds recovered in 2004 – Catalogue of crannogs found on Lough Derravaragh – Bibliography – Index.

WW Connection #1: Co-author, Aidan O’Sullivan is a native of Valleymount in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes colour photographs, maps and plans.

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 online presence on Academia.edu [Registered users can read / download selected documents]

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.

Islands in the Stream

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Full title: Crannogs: lake-dwellings of early Ireland

Creator / Author: Aidan O’Sullivan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 48p

When Published: 2000

Publisher / Place of Publication: Town House and Country House Ltd. / Trinity House, Charleston Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.

About: This book is part of the ‘Irish Treasures Series’ which introduces people to various aspects of Irish archaeology, history, heritage and craft. Crannogs were artificial islands built in lakes or swamps and remained in use for more than 1000 years. The author specialises in the archaeology of waters and lakes, whose preservative properties archive a unique assemblage of otherwise fragile materials and objects.

ID number(s): 1860590918

Chapters: [What are crannogs] Studying crannogs — Crannogs through the centuries — Where crannogs are found — How crannogs were built — Houses on crannogs — Palisades — Access by boat or causeway — [Life on crannogs] Farming and domestic economy — Craft and industry — Attack and defence — Crannogs and early Irish society — Select bibliography — Modern crannog reconstructions.

WW Connection #1: The author is a native of Valleymount in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: includes photographs or maps or illustrations on most pages.

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 online presence on Academia.edu [Registered users can read / download documents]

A Tale of Two Georges

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Full title: Shaw and the charlatan genius: a memoir

Creator / Author: John O’ Donovan

Item Type / Page count: Book / 160p

When Published: 1965

Publisher / Place of Publication: Dolmen Press / 25 Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2.

About: A book about George Bernard Shaw and his upbringing in Dublin. In particular, it explores his family’s relationship with George Vandeleur Lee, a singing teacher. Could this Mr. Lee have been the prototype for the character of Professor Henry Higgins in the famous play, Pygmalion?

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Introduction — Shaw and the charlatan genius — Postscript — Appendices A-I — Index.

WW Connection #1: The author of this book was a regular and frequent visitor to West Wicklow and owned a house in the Valleymount area.

Extra #1: includes several photographs and illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: A review of this book was published in The Dublin Magazine, Autumn-Winter, 1965, pp107-108.

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