Carlow Nationalist – Historical society publishes 11th journal


By Elizabeth Lee

LA West Wicklow Historical Society will launch its new publication, ***The newspaper**, Thursday November 11 at the Baltinglass Golf Club.

Co-editors Chris Lawlor, a Dunlavin historian, and WWHS Honorary Secretary Donal McDonnell, will launch the magazine’s 11th edition.

The new edition features articles from a range of the area’s best-known local historians, including Jim Corley, Brendan Corrigan, Cora Crampton, Johnny Glennon and Emma Lyons, and Rosemary Raughter of East Wicklow.

There are articles on the history of the railroads, the fashion of Punchestown, the Wicklow women of the early 20th century of union persuasion, the oatmeal cookies, the preparations for the civil war in Kildare, a man from Wicklow in India, the influence of the Irish language on the place names of West Wicklow, a beautiful woman in a long red coat, and a murder in 1916.

The Boleying, or movement of cattle, in the Wicklow region is examined, while the 16th century O’Tooles of Imail come to life. Burgage is visited and Baltinglass Courthouse is revisited. The Reverend Ogle Moore of Manor Kilbride is remembered. And then there’s Jennie Wyse Power, born in Baltinglass (another O’Toole) and her husband featured in the pages of Joyce’s ***Ulysses ***.

The West Wicklow Historical Society has been working to preserve West Wicklow’s heritage since 1980. It covers the western half of the county, from the Blessington area in the north to Carnew in the south. He shares an interest in the adjacent areas of Carlow and Kildare counties. WWHS organizes conferences in the fall and spring, and field trips in the summer. It also publishes the ***Newspaper*** approximately every two years and holds occasional exhibitions. It also has a Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WestWicklow

***The newspaper*** will be available for purchase when it launches at Baltinglass Golf Club at 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 11. Tea and coffee will be served

and all are welcome, but admission will be in accordance with government and HSE guidelines.

WWHS is for those interested in the heritage of the western half of Co Wicklow. Membership inquiries should be directed to Sheila O’Toole, The Smithys, Grangecon, Co Wicklow, W91 W8CO.


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