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I was lucky enough to grow up on a small traditional farm in the Wicklow hills during the 1960s. I feel this connection with nature and a very traditional way of life ultimately led to my career as a holistic therapist and also fostered my other great passions in life, namely family history research, and recording and preserving our local history and heritage.

 

Book- Aghowle Where The Divil Ate The Tinker By Margaret Connolly

In December 2017, after 6 years of research  Applefield Publishing  published my local history book titled Aghowle Where The Divil Ate The Tinker which records the history of the townland where I grew up, and tells the story of the traditional farming community that lived on the slopes beneath Carrick mountain, where their ancestors had farmed for centuries.

 

About the Book

In this book, I record the history of the townland of Aghowle, which lies about 4 miles from the village of Ashford on the slopes of Carrick Mountain. Using recorded memories and historical documents to tell the story of the townland from the 17th century up to the 1970s when the close knit farming community that had existed there for centuries was to disappear completely.

Stories are told of local legends, traditions and lore; good and bad landlords; famine, eviction and forced emigration; impacts on the townland from the 1798 Rebellion, the Land League and two World Wars; local persons and their recollections; and of course, how it came about that The Divil Ate The Tinker.

The 10 farmhouses that were still occupied in 1901 are presented in detail and the lives of those that lived within them are traced through several centuries including in many cases where their descendants ended up across the world.

The book which is published by Applefield Publishing contains 370 pages and has more than 150 photographs and illustrations throughout including a colour section and full index.

 

The book can be purchased directly from me, see below, and can  be posted to any location in Ireland or abroad, see postage charges below.

It can also be arranged that books for the South Dublin and North Wicklow areas can be collected or delivered, please contact Margaret on 087 2392313.

 

Copies are  also available in Wicklow from:


Dubray Books Bray, who can transfer requested copies to any of their outlets.*

Bridge Street Books Wicklow Town *

Eason Bookshop Arklow

Ann Duffy Florist Newtownmountkennedy

Blessington Book Store Blessington

The Village Bookshop Greystones 

 

Barker and Jones Naas Co. Kildare

 

* on-line purchase option

 

Some Praise for the book

“This is a fascinating account of the history of this farming community. The accounts of the various families are so well researched from original sources that they paint a vivid and personal picture of the area and its people over the centuries".
Richard Nairn, ecologist and writer

 
“The main thing that struck and impressed me most was how comprehensive and well-researched it is, and I think it has a good claim to being the first full portrait of an Irish townland. It really sets a high standard for anyone wishing to research, record and present the history of their locality and is a wonderful example to us all of what needs to happen across the entire Irish countryside. 
Christiaan Corlett, archaeologist with the National Monuments Service. Authored, compiled and edited many books on archaeology, history, folklore and early photography.

“I liked this book a lot; gave me a much better idea of where I come from, what the times and conditions were like, and why my family emigrated. I just think of how much my father would have enjoyed this book, how many “blanks” it would have filled in for him.”
John Moran (Ohio, USA), great-great-grandson of Thomas Moran who migrated from Aghowle to Canada during the Great Famine
 
“Even as a small child Margaret Connolly had an empathy with her homeplace. She has placed the essence of Aghowle in the pages of this book and I feel the ghosts of the Aghowle people are nodding their heads in approval”.
Catherine Power (nee O’Brien), whose family farm was the last remaining traditional farm in the townland of Aghowle.
 
“A very handsome and substantial piece of work, by far the best local study ever to have been compiled for a rural community in Co. Wicklow, or perhaps in Ireland. It is a model of what can be done and should be essential reading for any programme of local history. I am very proud and very grateful to have been associated with it.”
Ken Hannigan, retired Keeper of the National Archives of Ireland, founder member of the Wicklow Historical Society and joint editor of Wicklow History and Society
 

 

 

Purchase the book below

If you have a paypal account yourself you can just email me directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and arrange to pay directly through paypal without doing through procedure below.

To purchase the book:
1. Select the number of copies required and add to cart, this will take you to the paypal page showing you your book selection.

2. To purchase the postage click on "return to shopping" option, which takes you back to this Aghowle book page.


3. Select the appropriate postage destination option for the required number of copies, and add to cart, this takes you back to the paypal page where you can proceed to payment.

Please note
When on the paypal page if you wish to recheck you have selected the correct number of copies of the book and the correct postage for same please click on the "more" option under the description of the item on the paypal page.


If you wish to change the quantity of books or postage items you have selected click "remove" option underneath the quantity and return to this book page to reselect your required option.  

(Do not use the + or - option  on the quantity box on the paypal page)

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