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Arensberg- Family and Community in Ireland Arensberg, Conrad M./ Kimball, Solon T. Family and Community in Ireland. Second Edition. Massachusetts, Harvard University Press, 1968. 24cm x 16cm. xxxiii, 417 (5) pages. 14 figures, 13 tables. Maps of Clare and Ennis. Original Hardcover with original dustjacket. Good condition with some stronger signs of external wear. Waterstain on edge. Endpaper signed by preowner. Interesting newspaper-clipping about Ballybough Jewish Cemetery included. Very rare publication.

Includes for Example: The Small Farmers/ Small Farm Economy/ Family Labor/ The Relations of Kindred/ The Kinship System/ Demography and Familism/ Family Transition at Marriage/ Dispersal and Emigration/ The Problem of the Aged/ The Old in the Community/ Familism and Sex/ Occupation and Status/ Markets and Community/ The Framework of Relationship/ The Town: Setting and People/ Shopkeepers and Shop Assistants/ Induction and Transformation/ Marriage and Family/ Mobility and Continuity/ Reciprocals of Family and Credit etc.

The authors gathered their material during the early 1930s, when they lived for two years among the people of County Clare, and managed to establish relations of mutual friendliness and confidence with their various hosts. Their study focuses on the distinctive culture of the small farmers of Eire. After a brief statistical review to establish the small farmer class and characterize the nature and scope of its economic activities, the treatment centers on the family groups dwelling on the land and following the rhythmic cycles of an ancient mode of life. The rural familial economy with its division of labor between the sexes and between age groupings, traditional patterns that govern the status and control the relations between family members, the system of kinship, the interplay of demographic and familial factors, the institution of match-making as it affects family continuity and the dispersal of members, the sex mores, the position and problems of the aged, and the social and economic bonds that weld families into the community: all are described and discerningly analyzed.

The present edition includes six new chapters on the behavior of Irish townsmen and the distinctions between rural and urban life, even as the two remain intimately linked. Once more, the clear, sympathetic presentation of material makes this volume decidedly important, not only to the social scientist and anthropologist, but also to the general reader who is interested in Ireland, in things Irish, or simply the nature of human relationships.

Keywords: Irish History

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Ashton, Two Historical Plays: The Battle of Aughrim, or the Fall of Monsieur St. Ruth / Ireland Preserved, or the Siege of Londonderry. Ashton, Robert / Michelburne, John. Two Historical Plays: The Battle of Aughrim, or the Fall of Monsieur St. Ruth / Ireland Preserved, or the Siege of Londonderry. Dublin, C.M. Warren, No date [c.1880] 9 cm x 14 cm. 144 pages. Softcover / Original, titled brochure. Good condition with signs of external wear. Damage to corners of front page. Spotting on page edges, front and rear page and several pages within. Otherwise clean inside and intact.

Robert Ashton; author of Battle of Aughrim or the Fall of Monsieur St. Ruth, a verse tragedy in five acts, first seen in 1728; Dublin edns. of Aughrim in 1756, 1771, 1777, 1780, 1784, 1814, 1839, 1841; another in Strabane, 1785, and one in Limerick, 1819; often printed with Michelburne’s Siege of London-Derry; also wrote unprinted comedy, Love is the Conqueror, and is the prob. author of Congratulatory Poem to Dean Swift (1725), Poem in Honour of the Royal Society of Journeymen Shoemakers (1726), and Poem on the Birth-day of Her Late Majesty Queen Anne (1726), all printed in Dublin as folio sheets by a student of TCD; The Battle of Aughrim, called ‘the Ulster folk play par excellence’ (J. R. R. Adams), was revived in Camden Town, London, in 1990.” (Ricorso)

″Colonel John Michelburne offers, in his 1705 play Ireland Preserv’d or the Siege of Londonderry Together with the Troubles of the North, a carefully observed and highly entertaining account of the Jacobite invasion of Ulster in 1689.The author is an unusual example of a Protestant colonist and Williamite soldier who not only formed an undying attachment to his adoptive home but also earned near saintly status in Irish folklore.” (Northernirelanddotorg)

Keywords: 18th Century Literature, 19th Century, Irish Drama, Irish History, Irish Literature, Ulster

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Aston, Monasteries in the Landscape. Aston, Mick. Monasteries in the Landscape. Stroud, Tempus Publishing, 2000. 17 cm x 25 cm. 223 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with minor signs of external wear. Slightly worn corners. Clean inside with solid binding.

Includes the following chapters: The Illustrations / Preface / Acknowledgements / Introduction / Monasteries in the landscape / The earliest monasteries / Anglo-Saxon monasteries before the Vikings / Saxon and Norman monasteries / The new orders / Monastic precincts / Monastic estates, lands and buildings / The later Middle Ages and the Dissolution / From the Dissolution to the present day.

″In the Middle Ages monasteries were among the greatest owners of land in Britain; today their influence on the landscape can be seen not only in the magnificent monastic ruins, but also in earthworks, patterns of landholding and even industrial remains. Mick Aston examines the place of monasteries in the landscape – how they affected and were affected by the countryside in which they were built. He explains how monasticism arrived in Britain – growing from austere beginnings to rich and powerful estates. He looks at why abbeys and priories were sited where they were and at all aspects of their activities – estate management, farming policy, industrial and commercial operations in the countryside and in towns. The story does not end with the Dissolution: the book also discusses how many of their estates and buildings were bought by private owners and adapted for secular use. Whether you are an amateur archaeologist/historian or student, this magnificently illustrated book will direct you to the signs in the landscape that reveal the past glory of Britain’s monasteries.” (Publisher)

Keywords: Geography, Irish Religion, Irish Religion & Church History, Irish Religious History, landscape, Medieval, Medieval Architecture, Monasticism, Skellig Michael

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Ballincollig Local History Society. Journal of the Ballincollig Community School - 1985 Edition. Ballincollig Local History Society. Journal of the Ballincollig Community School – 1985 Edition. Includes for example: A Sense of place / The Barrett’s and Ballincollig CAstle / Spedding’s School and Hospital / The relief of distress in Cork City during the Great Famine / Water – powered Industry on the River Lee and its Tributaries 1760 – 1900 / Restoring the Powder Mills / Soldiers in Barracks 1901 / The Church of Ireland population in the parish of Carrigohane in 1901 and 1911 / A story of emigration / They died in World War I / Crashes of belligerent aircraft on the Mizen Peninsula of South West Cork during the World War II / Ballincollig Aerodrome (with a photograph of Cobham’s Flying Circus) / Ballincollig in the good old days / Sources of Local History / Ballincollig, Ballincollig History Society, 1985. Octavo. 32 pages. Illustrated. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Some staining to the brochure ! Very Rare !!

Includes for example: A Sense of place / The Barrett’s and Ballincollig CAstle / Spedding’s School and Hospital / The relief of distress in Cork City during the Great Famine / Water – powered Industry on the River Lee and its Tributaries 1760 – 1900 / Restoring the Powder Mills / Soldiers in Barracks 1901 / The Church of Ireland population in the parish of Carrigohane in 1901 and 1911 / A story of emigration / They died in World War I / Crashes of belligerent aircraft on the Mizen Peninsula of South West Cork during the World War II / Ballincollig Aerodrome (with a photograph of Cobham’s Flying Circus) / Ballincollig in the good old days / Sources of Local History /

Keywords: Ballincollig, Carrigrohane, County Cork, Irish History

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Journal of the Ballincollig Community School - 1986 Edition Ballincollig Local History Society. Journal of the Ballincollig Community School – 1986 Edition. Includes for example: The Powder Mills – Our Place / The Constitution – Royal Gunpowder Mills Ballincollig / Board of Ordnance Employees in Ballincollig in 1815 / The Hazards of Gunpowder Manufacture at Ballincollig / An Early Turbine at Ballincollig Gunpowder Works / Trades in the Powder Mills / Sir Thomas Tobin (1807 – 1881) / Renovating the Powder Mills Canal System / A History of the Carrigrohane Straight / Bridge Building and the Growth of Cork / The National School System in Ballincollig – Carrigrohane 1831 – 1921 / Tracing your Ancestors – First steps in Genealogy / Ballincollig, Ballincollig History Society, 1986. Octavo. 40 pages. Illustrated. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Some staining to the brochure ! Very Rare !!

Includes for example: The Powder Mills – Our Place / The Constitution – Royal Gunpowder Mills Ballincollig / Board of Ordnance Employees in Ballincollig in 1815 / The Hazards of Gunpowder Manufacture at Ballincollig / An Early Turbine at Ballincollig Gunpowder Works / Trades in the Powder Mills / Sir Thomas Tobin (1807 – 1881) / Renovating the Powder Mills Canal System / A History of the Carrigrohane Straight / Bridge Building and the Growth of Cork / The National School System in Ballincollig – Carrigrohane 1831 – 1921 / Tracing your Ancestors – First steps in Genealogy /

Keywords: Ballincollig, Carrigrohane, County Cork, Irish History

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Journal of the Ballincollig Community School - Volume 7 (1990-1991 Edition). Ballincollig Local History Society / Dermot Lucey (Editor). Journal of the Ballincollig Community School – Volume 7 (1990-1991 Edition). Includes for example: The Approach of War / Recruiting and Recruits in County Cork during the First World War 1914 – 1918 / Cork-Born Soldiers who died in World War I / The Poetry of World War I / The War Years – An account of the Emergency in Ballincollig and District 1939 – 1945 / Scoil Eoin – A Photographic Record / Memories of a Scots Visitor / The Longs of Kilnaglory / Shandy Hall, Dripsey, and the Cross Family / Progress in the Powder Mills / Death of noted local Artist Domhnaill O Murchadha / Ballincollig, Ballincollig History Society, 1990 – 1991. Octavo. 108 pages. Illustrated. Original Softcover. Very good condition with only minor signs of external wear. Some staining to the brochure ! Very Rare !!

Includes for example: The Approach of War / Recruiting and Recruits in County Cork during the First World War 1914 – 1918 / Cork-Born Soldiers who died in World War I / The Poetry of World War I / The War Years – An account of the Emergency in Ballincollig and District 1939 – 1945 / Scoil Eoin – A Photographic Record / Memories of a Scots Visitor / The Longs of Kilnaglory / Shandy Hall, Dripsey, and the Cross Family / Progress in the Powder Mills / Death of noted local Artist Domhnaill O Murchadha /

Keywords: Ballincollig, Carrigrohane, County Cork, Irish History

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Barry, A Worthy Foundation: The Cathedral Chruch of St Canice, Kilkenny, 1285 - 1985. Barry, Siuban / Bradley, John / Empey, Adrian. A Worthy Foundation: The Cathedral Church of St Canice, Kilkenny, 1285 – 1985. Portlaoise, The Dolmen Press, 1985. 21 cm x 28 cm. 103 pages. Original softcover. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear.

Includes the following chapters: Foreword / Introduction / The Anglo-Norman Diocese of Ossory by Adrian Empey / The Architecture of the Cathedral by Siuban Barry / The Medieval Tombs of St Canice’s by John Bradley.

″The course of history has impressed itself deeply on the architectural record of St Canice’s Cathedral since its foundation in Kilkenny seven centuries ago. Bishops have come and gone, noblemen and craftsmen have worshipped there and are remembered in its monuments. Its continued existence has been ensured by the devotion of the successive generatiosn of clergy and people who could not allow this graceful house of God to fall into decay. The occasion of the seventh centenary of St Canice’s completion seems appropriate for the preseent book which explores some aspects of the cathedral and the historical environment which helped to shape it.” (Publisher)

Keywords: Architecture, Church, Irish Architecture, Irish History, Irish Interest, Irish Local History, Kilkenny

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Bartlemy Point-to-Point Races. Official Race Card. Wednesday, 6th March, 1946. (Bartlemy). Bartlemy Point-to-Point Races. Official Race Card. Wednesday, 6th March, 1946. Cork, Paramount, 1946. 8°. 4 pages (including wrapper). Softcover / Original Brochure. Very good condition with only minor signs of wear. From a Mallow-collection.

Keywords: Hunt, Hunting, Irish History, Munster, Point to Point Races

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Bartlett, Medieval Frontier Societies. Bartlett, Robert and Mackay, Angus ed. Medieval Frontier Societies. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1996. 14.5 cm x 22.5 cm. XIII, 388 pages. Original Hardcover with dustjacket and protective Mylar covering. Small crease to back cover. Otherwise very good condition with only minor signs of external wear.

Includes for example the following chapters: Frontier and Settlement: Which Influenced Which? England and Scotland, 1100-1300 / Frontier Arrangements in Fragmented Societies: Ireland and Wales / Economic and Political Institutions on the Polish-German Frontier in the Middle Ages: Action, Reaction, Interaction / Bards and Barons: The Anglo-Irish Aristocracy and the Native Culture / Religion, Culture, and Ideology on the Late Medieval Castilian-Granadan Frontier / The Significance of the Frontier in the Middle Ages etc.

Keywords: European History, Irish History, Medieval

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Bence-Jones, Twilight of the Ascendancy. Bence-Jones, Mark. Twilight of the Ascendancy. London, Constable, 1987. 24 cm. XVII, 327 pages. Illustrations in black and white throughout. Original hardcover with dustjacket. Excellent condition with only very minor signs of external wear. Name of preowner on endpaper.

The old land-owning families of Ireland, known collectively as the Ascendancy long after they had ceased to be in the ascendant, lost most of their political power towards the end of the 1870s, the same time as their economic foundations began to be sapped by agrarian unrest. For them the hundred years that followed was a twilight period; yet despite the shortage of money and the break-up of their ancestral homes and estates, not to mention two World Wars and the Irish Troubles, they still managed to enjoy life. This book is a highly entertaining chronicle of the Ascendancy’s twilight years; a chronicle rich in anecdote with memorable scenes in fast-moving narrative. The mood is constantly changing from comedy to tragedy and back again. Country houses are seen in all the glory of a royal visit; they are seen burning during the Troubles and Civil War; they are seen in the last stages of dry rot, inhabited by a solitary old lady who keeps body and soul together by selling off the contents of her drawing room. A hundred years of the Ascendancy world, from the Victorian heyday of the Viceregal Court at Dublin Castle to the 1960s when Dior and dogs’ dinners went hand in hand, is portrayed in fascinating detail – the world of George Moore, Somerville and Ross, Elizabeth Bowen and Molly Keane. Most of these writers feature in “Twilight of the Ascendancy”, along with a host of other characters, serious, eccentric, pleasure-loving, tragic, ranging from the philanthropic Horace Plunkett to the rider, yachtsman and pioneer motorist Sir Hercules Langrishe; from Lord Castletown who was a Druid and believed in fairies to Lady Fingall who on hunting mornings used to sit in her bath wearing her top hat and veil. They may have been ‘a doomed aristocracy’, as the novelist George A. Birmingham called them; but they were, in the words of Yeats – who appears more than once in this book –‘no petty people’. (Amazon)

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