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Historical Highlights of the Wicklow Highlands

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Full title: A Social History of the Wicklow Uplands

Creator / Author: Brian F. Gurrin

Item Type / Page count: Book / 102p

When Published: 2006

Publisher / Place of Publication: The National Parks and Wildlife Service, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government / Dublin

About: Today, the area regarded as the Wicklow Uplands is mostly included within the Wicklow Mountains National Park. While permanent inhabitants of this area may be as rare as the Abominable Snowman, there is nonetheless a rich social history story to be told. This ranges from the prehistoric period through to the centuries of active resistance to English rule. This study of the history and heritage of the Wicklow Uplands was undertaken at the request of the National Parks and Wildlife Service (Eastern Division).

ID number(s): 0755716930

Contents: Figures and Tables – Abbreviations – The Author – Acknowledgements – Ice Sculptures – Wicklow’s Earliest Inhabitants – Early Human Sculptors – Gaeil is Gaill – War and Peace – New Times, and a New County – From Restoration to Union: The Restoration; The Late Seventeenth Century; The Protestant Ascendancy – War, and a New County – Final Thoughts – References – Bibliography.

Extra #1: Includes numerous illustrations, photographs and maps.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: Visit the Wicklow Mountains National Park website.

A Shepherd’s Stories

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Full title: Tales and Yarns of Glendalough and the Wicklow Hills: told to John D. Vose by Bill Fanning, shepherd of Glendalough

Creator / Author: Bill Fanning [with John D. Vose]

Item Type / Page count: Booklet / 48p

When Published: 1986

Publisher / Place of Publication: Wicklow Hills Publishing Company / County Wicklow.

About: Bill Fanning was a native of Roundwood and a sheep farmer. He had a wealth of stories and legends relating to the Wicklow Mountains. This is a collection of some of the tales that he told to John D. Vose between 1956 and 1985. The stories have proved so popular that the booklet has gone into a second edition.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Introducing the incorrigible Bill Fanning, shepherd of Glendalough — Fair days — Quare characters, tramps, tinkers and ‘chancers’ — Legends of St. Kevin – Childhood days — School days — Wakes and Missions — On the road to Lacken – Zellars O’Lacken – Wee folk, the Banshee and Will O’ the Wisp.

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Carmel O’Toole’s Glorious Glenmalure

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Full title: Glenmalure: the wild heart of the mountains: a valley and its people

Creator / Author: Carmel O’Toole

Item Type / Page count: Book / 336p

When Published: 2015

Publisher / Place of Publication: [The Author] / Glenmalure, Co. Wicklow

About: A wide-ranging and beautifully produced hardback book which relates the history of Glenmalure and stories of its people. The content of this substantial book is meticulously and widely researched and includes oral testimonies. Every aspect is brought to life with lively text which is interspersed with glorious photographs and illustrations. This book will stand as the definitive history of this lovely valley for years to come.

ID number(s): 9781873489154

Contents: Acknowledgements — Introduction – Glenmalure Timeline – Glenmalure Map – Early Inhabitants & Religious Settlements — Feagh Mac Hugh O’Byrne: Firebrand of the Wicklow Mountains — The Battle of Glenmalure — The Escape of the Ulster Princes (Red Hugh O’Donnell and Art O’Neill) — Feagh Mac Hugh O’Byrne 1580-1597 – The Twelve Graves – Glenmalure 1798-1803 — The Military Road — Glenmalure Lodge – Mining in Glenmanlure — The Last House in the Glen – The Shadow of the Glen: J.M. Synge and Glenmalure – Tragic Accidents in the Mountains near Glenmalure – Forestry Men and Timber Men — Sheep Farming in the Hills: old traditions and new methods — Glenmalure: reflections / Fr. Willie Walshe — Ballinacor Estate – Kirikee School 1881-1969 — GAA in Glenmalure — Glenmalure Today.

Appendix I – Bibliography.

Appendix II – Townlands, Placenames and Local Names of Glenmalure. Glenmalure – Conavalla and local place names in Conavalla — Ballinagoneen and local place names in Ballinagoneen – Cullentragh Park and local place names in Cullentragh Park — Ballinafunshoge and local place names in Ballinafunshoge – Ballyboy and local place names in Ballyboy – Ballybraid and local place names in Ballybraid — Carriglinneen and local place names in Carriglinneen — Kirikee and local place names in Kirikee — Ballinabarney and local place names in Ballinabarney – Ballintombay Lower and local place names in Ballintombay Lower – Camenabologue and local place names in Camenabologue — Barravore and local place names in Barravore – Ballinaskea / Bolenaskea and local place names in Ballinaskea / Bolenaskea — Clonkeen and local place names in Clonkeen — Corrasillagh and local place names in Corrasillagh — Carrawaystick and local place names in Carrawaystick — Clohernagh and local place names in Clohernagh — Drumgoff and local place names in Drumgoff — Fananierin and local place names in Fananierin — Ballinacor and local place names in Ballinacor – Banks on the road.

Appendix III – Poems & Songs of Glenmalure. Glenmalure / Anon. – Glenmalure / Jim Byrne – Feagh McHugh / Thomas D’Arcy McGee – Follow Me Up To Carlow / P.J. McCall – The Battle of Glenmalure / M.J. McCann — The Battle of Glenmalure / Anon. – The Death of Feagh McHugh O’Byrne / MacKeohoe – Gleann Maoliúra / Biddy Jenkinson – At the Mass Rock / Jim Byrne – The Outlaw’s Bridal / Anon. – Michael Dwyer / T.D. Sullivan – Michael Dwyer / Peadar Kearney – The Rebel’s Grave / Jim Byrne – Glenmalure / Dave Curtis – The Lone Hiker / Peter Cunningham-Grattan – Daughters of Wild Glenmalure / Peter Cunningham-Grattan – Croaghanmoira / Jane Clarke – The Curate of Greenane / Peter Cunningham-Grattan – Jim Connolly / Peter Cunningham-Grattan – Old Ballinacor G.A.A. Song / Christy Hughes – Kathleen / Jane Clarke – Lovely Wicklow / W..J. Duffy – Glenmalure / Jim Byrne.

Appendix IV – Leaders in Glenmalure. Michael Dwyer (1772-1825) – John Mernagh (1770-1857) – Patrick Grant (1761-1800) – Hugh Vesty Byrne (1770-1842) – Extract from the Memoirs of Miles Byrne.

Extra #1: Includes numerous photographs, maps and other illustrations.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #4: View the entry for ‘Glenmalure’ in the Placenames Database of Ireland.

Thirty-eight Years of Rambling the Wicklow Hills

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Full title: Listing and Index of Evening Herald Articles 1938 to 1975 by J. B. Malone on Walks, Cycles, Drives

Creator / Author: compiled by Frank Tracy

Item Type / Page count: Book & eBook / 139p

When Published: October 2014

Publisher / Place of Publication: Local Studies Section South Dublin Libraries / Unit 1, The Square Industrial Complex, Town Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

About: During the period 1938-1975, J.B. Malone wrote almost 1,000 articles on rambling, walking, cycling or driving to and in the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains. Every article had a detailed sketch map of the route, drawn by himself. He was a leading figure in the establishment of the Wicklow Way in 1982. This book indexes all Malone’s articles published in the Evening Herald and makes it easy to locate his visits to individual places, mountains, hills and valleys.

ID number(s): 9780957511552

Contents: Foreword from Mayor Fintan Warfield – Introduction — Listing of Evening Herald Articles 1938 – 1975 — Index – Mountains — Index – Some Popular Locations – [List of Maps from Evening Herald articles drawn by J. B. Malone] Kilmashogue and Three Rock Mountain – Glenasmole — The Hellfire Club – Djouce – Lugnaquilla – Seahan — The Big Sugarloaf – Glendalough — Saggart Hill — Table Mountain.

WW Connection #1: Many of the routes described are located in West Wicklow.

Extra #1: Includes ten sample maps.

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 full text of this book via South Dublin Libraries website

From Dublin Castle to Glenmalure in 1592

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Full title: Kidnap and Jailbreak: Red Hugh O’Donnell (1587-92)

Creator / Author: Dermot Somers

Item Type / Page count: Book Chapter / 33p

When Published: 2005

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

Parent Publication [book]: Endurance: heroic journeys in Ireland / by Dermot Somers / 255pp

About: This is the first chapter in a book which describes seven dramatic journeys taken from Irish history and mythology. In this chapter the author utilises his knowledge of mountaineering and of the outdoors to pen what could be called the definitive account of the actual flight of Red Hugh O’Donnell and Art O’Neill through the Wicklow Hills to get to Glenmalure. In 1592, they had just escaped from Dublin Castle and were planning to join up with Fiach MacHugh O’Byrne. The escape and flight is commemorated in an annual ‘Art O’Neill Walk’ / ‘Art O’Neill Challenge’, which starts at Dublin Castle and ends in Glenmalure.

ID number(s): 9780862787974 / 0862787971

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Includes two maps and some colour photographs.

Extra #4: Link to the Author’s website.

Extra #5: Link to the Publisher’s website.

Extra #6: Link to the Art O’Neill Challenge website.

Slip Sliding Away

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Full title: An Investigation of Two Peat Slope Failures in the Wicklow Mountains

Creator / Author: N. Boylan and M. Long

Item Type / Page count: Journal Article / 12pp

Journal Information: Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, Vol. 110B, No.3, pp. 173-184

When Published: December 2010

Publisher / Place of Publication: Royal Irish Academy / 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

About: This is a scientific paper which looks at the reasons why mountain bogland is sometimes subject to slippage and landslide. The authors use two locations in North West Wicklow as case studies in an attempt to define the characteristics of peat and the underlying geological conditions that make land slippage likely. The upland locations studied are Kilbride and Silsean (also spelled Shileshawn).

ID number(s): 0791-7945

Extra #1: Includes map, graphs and photographs.

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

Extra #3: Read this article online via JSTOR. [Personal registration / conditions apply]. Alternatively, your local public library may provide free online access to this article.

West Wicklow Panorama

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Full title: The Fir Tree Aerial Map of the Wicklow Mountains & Foothills

Creator / Author: Richard Chandler.

Item Type / Page count: Map / 1 page folded down to 12.5 x 21cm

When Published: 2012

Publisher / Place of Publication: Richard Chandler / Fir Tree Cottage, St Marys, Chalford, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 8PU England.

About: A map that gives a new perspective to the Wicklow Mountains and surrounding areas. It artistically interprets Ordnance Survey Mapping and aerial photography to provide a unique feel for the terrain that your ordinary map cannot convey. This map covers an area from Dublin City down to Coolgreany, across via Aughrim, Rathdangan and Grangecon, over to Narraghmore, onto Naas and back to Dublin. Unfortunately, coverage does not extend to Carnew, Shillelagh, Tinahely, Kiltegan or Baltinglass.

ID number(s): 9781899815285

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

Extra #2: Link to the Publisher’s website

Snow-covered Secrets

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Full title: Under the avalanche [a novel]

Creator / Author: Anne McCabe

Item Type / Page count: Book / 256p

When Published: 2011

Publisher / Place of Publication: Shackleton Publishing / [Not given]

About: The Wicklow Mountains is the backdrop to a family saga involving three generations of women. An avalanche entombs a family in an isolated dwelling on the hillside. The ghost of a newly born baby inhabits the narrative of this novel from then on. But what other secrets remain to be uncovered?

ID number(s): 9781908417107

WW Connection #1: The setting of this book is in the Wicklow Mountains, albeit in a location unidentifiable.

Extra #1: Opening line: “My grandmother was born under the avalanche, the only one ever to have happened in this valley, or indeed any valley anywhere in Ireland. It left a place of deep shadows and sadness so that even the birds didn’t sing there anymore, on the side of that lonely hill in Wicklow.”

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 Facebook page.

Merlins Make the Mountains Magical

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Full title: Merlins of the Wicklow Mountains

Creator / Author: Anthony McElheron

Item Type / Page count: Book / 86p

When Published: 2005

Publisher / Place of Publication: Currach Press / 55A Spruce Avenue, Stillorgan  Industrial Park, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

About: A study of the smallest falcon species in Ireland. The book concentrates on a pair of birds based in the Wicklow Mountains and is a delightful natural history of both the bird and its surroundings. Many years of observation went into the making of this labour of love which showcases one of our most secretive birds.

ID number(s): 1856079333

Chapters:  Acknowledgements – Preface – Background – The Children of Duff Hill: a Chronology – Winter Survival – Mixed Woodlands – Some Site Notes — The Future – Picture Credits – Index.

WW Connection #1: Who cares if they are West Wicklow birds or not? They are welcome in West Wicklow anytime!

Extra #1: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

Extra #3: Includes several colour photographs and a map of merlin breeding sites in Co. Wicklow.


Walking in a Wicklow Wonderland

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Full title: Walking in Wicklow: a guide for travellers (afoot and awheel) through the Wicklow Mountains

Creator / Author: J. B. Malone

Item Type / Page count: Book / 172p

When Published: 1964

Publisher / Place of Publication: Helicon / Dublin

About: The classic walking guide to the Wicklow Hills. The author was well known for his ‘Open Air’ series of columns in the Evening Herald newspaper and a TV programme,  ‘Mountain and Meadow’.

ID number(s): None

Chapters: Ways and means — The Western quarter (1) Around the lake — (2) Over Church Mountain — (3) Glenbride to Snugboro — (4) Along St. Kevin’s road — (5) Climbing Cleevaun — Heather deserts (1) The military road — (2) Two mountain lakes — (3) On Calary edge — (4) Djouce and the coffin stone — Glendalough and Glenmalure (1) From glen to glen — (2) Crossing Borenacrow — (3) The proud mountain — (4) Queen of the south — (5) Lugnaquilla from Glenmalure — Glen Imaal and westward (1) The round of Imaal — (2) West of Baltinglass — (3) Lugnaquilla from Imaal — The deep south (1) Aghavanna to Avoca — (2) South to Shillelagh — (3) Rathvilly to Aghavanna — (4) Croghan country.

Extra #1: includes illustrations, maps and index.

Extra #2: Check Libraries Ireland for this publication.

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

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