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Deserted Children (Dublin) 1854 DOWNLOAD Deserted Children (Dublin) 1854 DOWNLOAD

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ISBN: 1-84630-149-1

This small publication is taken from a Return made to the House of Commons in July 1854 and is a report on the all of the deserted children taken into the care of the Dublin Metropolitan Police Force in the years ending 30th June 1850 to 1854.

The Return accounts for about 500 children taken into the care Dublin Metropolitan Police Force and provides the following details on each child under eleven headings: where known the child's name. In most cases the child's name was not known, but in a number of cases children's names have been inserted and in a few cases this includes siblings. age: in most cases the children taken into the care of the police were only days old or at most months. However, in a number of cases, for example that of Eliza Bennett in January 1854, the child was 8 years of age. Sex: male or female. Place or location where found: in the majority of cases a street number is given and in only a minority of cases was the location of the deserted child a church. The date the overseers took charge of the child: as the date of discovery of the deserted child was not recorded in the Report, it is not clear how long the deserted children stayed in police care. The sums agreed to be paid for the nursing of the child: these were negligible. In most cases no monies were agreed to be given over for the nurse care of the deserted children as these were taken into the care of the parish. Those children for which monies were given over were those where the parish refused to take the child. Names given to children if baptized while in the care of the police: these were the unnamed children that stayed under the charge of the police where the parish had refused to provide for their maintenance, once again, a minority of the total number of children. Religious denomination of the Minister who baptized the children that remained in police care: in only one case was the child not received into the Roman Catholic faith. Remarks: this is perhaps the most telling and informative section of the Report. The remarks tend to note the eventual fate of the child. In most cases the deserted children were either taken into the care of the parish or received into the Union Workhouse system. However, this was not always the case. For example, a nine-month old female child found deserted at Roundtown was given-up to her mother who was promptly arrested, presumably for the desertion of her child! Or the case of an eight-day old child found deserted on Farrell's Lane and baptized according to a note pinned to his clothes. Overall, a minority of the deserted children were repatriated with their mother's, all of who were arrested and a very small number were either adopted or taken on by private individuals. The majority of the children were, however, either taken on by the overseers, received into the Union Workhouses or in about 20% cases died within days of being taken into care.

The Report on Deserted Children provides a unique snapshot into the social conditions of Dublin for a five-year period and provides a graphic picture as to the fate of deserted children in Dublin for the periods 1850-54.

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The Agricultural Labourer: Ireland: Part 3 (1893) The Agricultural Labourer: Ireland: Part 3 (1893)

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ISBN: 1-84630-133-5
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Published by HMSO from evidence given to both house of Parliament in February 1893 by Assistant Commissioner Mr. C. Rogers, the full title of this publication gives some idea as to its nature and scope:

'Royal Commission on Labour: The Agricultural Labourer. Vol. IV. Ireland, Part III, Reports by Mr. C. Rogers, (Assistant Commissioner) upon certain selected districts in counties Cavan, Dublin, Galway & Tipperary'.

In fact, the information presented in the 80 page Report was taken from the Commission's Surveys of four Poor Law Unions, namely Loughrea, Roscrea, Balrothery and Bailieborough and is one of a number of similar reports into the state of agricultural labourers that taken with the reports that covered the remainder of the county constitutes one of the most detailed investigations into the conditions of agricultural labourer in Ireland ever undertaken. The evidence presented in the Reports derived from a plethora of sources, which give both this and the Commission's conclusions great validity. Amongst the sources from which evidence was garnered were secretaries of local labour leagues, land agents, independent witnesses, Poor Law Union Guardians, parish priests as well as personal interviews by the Commissioner and his agents. These interviews included visiting labourers' cottages in each of the subdistricts of the unions surveyed and much of the firsthand evidence gathered revealed the depressing conditions experienced by the rural and urban labourer alike.

The scope of the Commission's inquiry was as far-reaching as were its final conclusions. The specific areas of inquiry for volume IV part III were as follows: Railway communications; difference in attitude of English and Irish employers; unions compared as to supply of and demand for labour; everywhere a considerable amount of labour done by farmers and families; probable influence of cottage gardens on future; supply of labour.; hours of labour; difficulty of estimating total earnings; comparison between pay of ordinary labourers and farm servants in Bailieborough and Belper; construction of cottages; exercise of sanitary powers in England and Ireland; attitude of some guardians to 'Labourers' Acts'; labourers' opinions as to administration; ownership various; some freeholders. Mostly sub-let by farmers; rates paid by landowners and farmers jointly; influence of wretched houses on condition; uncertainty of employment. These differed only slightly from area or inquiry conducted into the conditions of agricultural labourer in other parts of the country and a total of 51 areas of agrarian society were examined by the Commission. The Commission for part III concluded that their 'Inquiry well received, especially by labourers'.

In short, the Commission probed into every conceivable aspect of labourer's lives and probably extended its scope beyond its original remit by inquiring into the conditions and circumstances of town labourers, miners and women labourers both town and country. Taken as a whole the 1893 Royal Commission on Labour provides provides some of the best social, economic and historical data available for the labouring classes of Ireland towards the end of the 19th century and will be a useful time for academics and those simply interested in the socio-economic conditions experienced by much of the population of Ireland in the 1890s.

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The Neighbourhood of Dublin, Its Topography, Antiquities and Historical Associations, 1939 The Neighbourhood of Dublin, Its Topography, Antiquities and Historical Associations, 1939

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ISBN: 1-84630-191-2
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Originally published by Gill & Son., in Dublin in 1912, this republication of the fourth impression of The Neighbourhood of Dublin: its Topography, Antiquities & Historical Associations, published in 1939 was written by Weston St. John Joyce.

Weston St. John Joyce (1858-1939), a civil servant by occupation, was also a regular contributor to The Evening Telegraph and later the Weekly Irish Times, to which he contributed numerous illustrated topographical articles over a period of nearly three decades. These articles were collected and published in under the title Rambles Near Dublin. However, realising that his collection of anecdotes, photographies and topographical notes far exceeded anything that could possibly be published by a newspapers, these were collected and published under the title of the The Neighbourhood of Dublin in 1912, which was revised and enlarged in 1921.

Joyce was a keen walker and cyclist and sometime permitted himself to take a tram or car to some of his more remoter destinations, especially in this later edition of his work in which he sometimes digresses into the wilds of Wicklow and Kildare. However, his main aim, as he stated in his Preface to this edition was to observe and obtain the history and all matters of interest from a number of one-day excursions that could be completed by any person 'of average activity'. Joyce concluded this edition with notes to his tourists on the type of equipment they should expect to take with them, which included boots, gloves, waterproofs, maps, a camera and magnifying glass for any fauna that might be encountered.

Joyce's excursions are published in just over 500 pages in a chatty and humorous and very readable style in which he often delights in presenting legend as historical fact and vice versa. The Neighbourhood of Dublin is illustrated with some 120 photographs taken by Joyce between 1909 and 1912 as well as sketches, route maps and diagrams. Many of the places he visited and the sites he photographed around Dublin have changed beyond recognition a fact that makes this account of the county he clearly loved the more interesting and valuable.

Joyce's one-day excursions around county Dublin and into Wicklow and Kildare amount to more than forty-five trips. Beginning in the immediate vicinity of the City of Dublin with a trip to Ringsend, the Great South Wall and the Pigeon House and concluding with a trip to Lambay Island. Although it could be said that Joyce had a witty even a journalistic sense of presenting it should not be forgotten that he was a learned historian and at the time of the publication of this volume was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Antiquarians of Ireland and author of several noted historical works. Perhaps this is one of the several reasons that The Neighbourhood of Dublin is still a much read travelogue and much used reference source for local historians.

Republished here in fully-searchable digital format, The Neighbourhood of Dublin, is still one of the best and certainly one of the most readable topographical studies of County Dublin.

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D'Alton's History of Dublin (1838) D'Alton's History of Dublin (1838)

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ISBN: 1-84630-055-X
Number of Pages: 955
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This book is probably the first really detailed local history published in Ireland. Spanning to 955 pages, it has a wealth of information on virtually every location in the county. It begins with a general account of the county's history in 50 pages. This followed by a tour of every barony in the county, with chapters on each town, village and prominent place encountered. These chapters contain a full description of the topographical, economic and cultural aspects of the area. This is followed by a detailed examination of the history and antiquities from earliest times to 1838.

D'Alton was especially interested in the local families in each area, and provides a great detail of information about them throughout the book. With some families he even devotes an entire chapter to their history. These include the Vernon, St. Lawrence, Talbot, Fagan, Taylor, Barnewall, De La Field, Stanyhurst, Hamilton and Eustace families.

However the book contains a wealth of detail on every subject, and remains one of the most important local histories produced in the 19th century. It is an essential tool for the study of County Dublin and its people.

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Francis Elrington Ball's A History of the County of Dublin (6 vols, 1902-20) Francis Elrington Ball's A History of the County of Dublin (6 vols, 1902-20)

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ISBN: 1-84630-091-6

The Reverend Francis Elrington Ball's six-volume A History of the County of Dublin was published in Dublin by Alexander Thom and Co. between 1902 and 1920. The subtitle to Ball's publication - 'the people, parishes, and antiquities from the earliest times to the close of the eighteenth century' provides a good indication on the intent and scope of Ball's work, which remains to this day one of the most widely used sources on history of County Dublin.

Ball based his publications on the geography of the civil parishes of Dublin County and provides a digest of the history and antiquities of note of more than fifty in more than 1,100 pages of text, while giving an entire volume over to the history of Howth and its owners. Although Ball did not intend to replace John D'Alton's 1838 History of County Dublin, which had remained the most comprehensive text on the county until the end of the 19thcentury, Ball did intend, and to a large extent succeed in filling in the notable gaps in D'Alton's text, while also recommending A History to what Ball called 'the ordinary reader'.

A History of County Dublin is especially authoritative on the political and ecclesiastical history and the dominant personalities associated with each parish from the mid-sixteenth century until the Act of Union, drawing on sources such as the Reports of the Deputy Keeper of Records; Chancery and Exchequer Inquisitions; Calendars of Irish State Papers; the Deeds of Christ Church Cathedral together with a plethora of manuscript material and published sources as well as seconding many of the most prominent historical and archaeological men of learning to aid his endeavours, such as Tenison Groves, Arthur Vicars, William Reynell and many others. Many sketches, etchings, photographs and maps and provided to illustrate the historical narrative throughout.

As an introduction to each parochial history, Ball provides a reproduction of the Ordnance Survey of Ireland Map for the parish, provides the contemporary townland names in Irish and English associated with each - together with their meanings - and illustrates how these have variously been recorded in the historical annals and how these may have changed over time.

Many recently published well-known works treating on the history of every aspect of Dublin still owe a huge debt of gratitude to the work undertaken by Ball almost a century ago. The current re-publication of Ball's complete History of the County Dublin by Archive CD Books Ireland is fully searchable and is a must for anybody interested in the history of county Dublin. 


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Historical Reminiscences of Dublin Castle from 849 to 1904 Historical Reminiscences of Dublin Castle from 849 to 1904

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ISBN: 1-84630-145-9
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Originally published in Dublin in 1904, the Historical Reminisces of Dublin Castle charts the history of the castle and its chief inhabitants from the sacking of Dublin by the Dubhgaill or Black Foreigners in 849 - although a fortified structure pre-dated the arrival of the Danes - until 1904.

Beginning life as a fortified structure, or citadel, Dublin Castle underwent the first of its many improvements and enlargements in 1205 when the the Norse rule of Dublin was ended with the beheading of the Governor, Askulf Mac Turekill. At this time Meiller FitzHenri, the Chief Justiciary of Ireland remonstrated with the King to construct a fortification that was capable of holding the Royal Treasure. FitzHenri's application was partially successful and he was given monies to construct a tower cable of protecting the Royal Treasure and defend and as well as curb the City of Dublin. FitzHenri was given explicit instructions to complete just the one tower and the castle, palace and other fineries would have to wait for a time of more leisure; and so began the long process of the construction of what we know today as Dublin Castle. The first portion of the castle was completed in 1213 and its construction is usually ascribed to the then Justiciary, Archbishop Henri de Lourdes. This earliest tower is no longer standing and was overcome by the ravages of time in the 19th century.

Not until the final decay of Kilmainham Castle in 1560 was Dublin Castle seen as an appropriate residence of the King's representative in Ireland. In 1565 Sir Henry Sydney is credited with the addition of many sundry buildings to the castle, which were said to have greatly beautified his residence.

The Historical Reminisces of Dublin Castle charts the rise decline and rise again of both the castle and its chief inhabitants. It also provides an historical account of some of the more infamous political events in Ireland's history played out against the tableau of the castle. The History is concluded by a chronology of the Chief Governors of Ireland, with some biographical information on the more notorious beginning in 1172 with Hugh de Lacy, Robert Fitzstephen, Maurice Fitzgerald and Robert de Brues.

Republished here in fully searchable electronic format and accompanied by a number of photographs of the various interiors of the castle, the Historical Reminisces of Dublin castle should appeal to anyone with an interest in the oldest fortified structure Dublin and the history played out within its walls.

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Samuel Lewis, Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 3 vols (1st Edition, 1837) Samuel Lewis, Topographical Dictionary of Ireland, 3 vols (1st Edition, 1837)

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ISBN: 1-84630-000-2
Lewis's Topographical Dictionary of Ireland is the first detailed study of its kind for Ireland. It was published in 1837, before the Famine (1845-50), so it is very important for historians and genealogists of the early nineteenth century.

Lewis gives details about every parish, town and village in Ireland, including numbers of inhabitants, the economy, history, topography, religion and parish structures, administration and courts, schools, and much more. He also gives the names of the principal inhabitants (generally landlords, merchants and professionals).

This Dictionary is in four parts:

· Preface & Subscribers

· Volume 1: A-G

· Volume 2: H-Z

· Volume 3: Maps

The Maps are in full colour, making this source one of the most important for research on Ireland. 


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Eneclann CD-ROMs Eneclann CD-ROMs

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A Stroll through Dublin A Stroll through Dublin

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ISBN: 0-9537557-8-9

This unique publication brings the streets, buildings and people of Dublin City alive. The CD contains over 2,000 high quality photographs, details on over 500 buildings throughout the city, as well as over 500 biographies of famous Dubliners, histories of over 300 streets, and general histories of the city, historic maps, and much more besides.

The CD is also being released to celebrate the anniversary of Joyce’s Ulysses. All the points on the Ulysses trail have been photographed, and the author provides commentary on how the city would have looked at the time.

The author also includes details of all the principal flashpoints during the 1916 rebellion, and the War of Independence in the city.

The author’s light hearted and entertaining commentary is a joy to read, making this CD a unique publication for both the tourist and local enthusiast alike.

Over 2,000 photographs

Over 500 buildings

Over 500 Dubliners

Over 300 Streets

Histories and maps

Help files and detailed introduction  


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