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New Owner for Baltinglass Abbey on This Day!

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Full title: Baltinglass Abbey, its possessions, and their post-Reformation proprietors

Creator / Author: Lord Walter Fitzgerald

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 37p

Journal Information: Journal of the County Kildare Archaeological Society, Vol. V (Number 6), pp. 378-414

When Published: July 1908

Publisher / Place of Publication: E. Ponsonby, 116 Grafton Street, Dublin for County Kildare Archaeological Society / Co. Kildare

About:  On 30th June, 1541 ownership of the Baltinglass Abbey lands in Co. Wicklow was granted to Sir Thomas Eustace (Viscount Baltinglass). This is just one small piece of information to be gleaned from this major article on Baltinglass Abbey. The author firstly details mentions of the abbey’s existence from its foundation around 1148 until its suppression and the forfeiture of its possessions in 1541. The next section looks at the various owners of the abbey lands from 1541 onwards. The final part of the article is a description of the abbey and of the pieces found therein. An appendix lists the placenames from Speed’s map of 1610 and also includes a list of the names of the abbots of the abbey.

ID number(s): 0332-0782

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Includes several illustrations and photographs.

Extra #4: Includes a map of the Barony of Upper Talbotstown and part of that of Ballinacor, taken from Speed’s map of Wicklow, 1610

Extra #5: Includes pedigree charts for the family of Eustace, Viscounts Baltinglass

Extra #6: Visit the County Kildare Archaeology Society website.

Baltinglass Abbey [Reblog]

About: This is an excellent portfolio of photographs and accompanying textual detail relating to Baltinglass Abbey. Most of the pictures are in the trademark monochrome style of the photographer, Ed Mooney, which gives a very atmospheric feeling to the images. Please visit Ed’s original blog to view the complete set.

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This Abbey is one of my personal favourite sites to visit. Last week I found myself urged to make the drive down the N81 through Blessington to the small town of Baltinglass in Wicklow to explore the Abbey. Baltinglass was historically known in Irish as Bealach Conglais, meaning “Road of Cúglas”.  Conglas was a member of the legendary warrior army, the Fianna led by Fionn MacCumhaill.  It has been about ten years since my last visit here and it still holds the peaceful atmosphere that I remember. Built around a bridge crossing the river Slaney it was in Baltinglass in 1148AD that the then King of Leinster Diarmuid Mac Murchada, founded the Abbey on the east bank of the River Slaney for a group of Cistercian monks from the Abbey of Mellifont in Co. Louth. He called this monastic settlement “The Valley of Salvation”. In 1228 it is recorded that…

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The Monk’s Farm in Carlow

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Full title: Grange, Co. Carlow: the Path to the Present

Creator / Author: Jimmy O’Toole

Item Type / Page count: Book / 174p

When Published: 1987

Publisher / Place of Publication: Grange G.A.A. Club / Grange, Co. Carlow

About: A history of a community in County Carlow which is illustrated from contemporary sources with additional photographs. The book originally started out as a history of Grange G.A.A. Club in the centenary year of the Association but came to encompass the history of the catchment area from which the club took its membership.

ID number(s): 0951233602  /9780951233603

Contents: To the reader — Foreword — Prehistoric sites — Monasteries and Churches: The Cistercian Lay Brothers of Grangeford, Knights Hospitallers of Killerig, Friarstown Church, Grange Church, Straboe, Killerig Church — Ballygorey — The Landed Gentry: Duckett’s Grove — The 1798 Rebellion — Education — The Famine Period — Changes in Land Occupation — Parnell in Grangeford — War of Independence and Civil War — Old Ways Remembered — Family Profiles: The Reids of Grange, Sir John Thorp, Col. Joseph Kennedy, Professor Charles McNally J.P., Hugh Canavan – inventor, Matt McCormack  — National Political Figures — Grange Missionaries Worldwide — Grange G.A.A. Club — Obituaries — Place Names — Bibliography — The Blooming Flower of Grange (ballad) — Map.

WW Connection #1: The area covered by this book was part of the land possessions of Baltinglass Abbey and the placename of Grange derived from its use as an outfarm of the Abbey.

Extra #1: includes numerous photographs, illustrations and a 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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