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The museum would like to offer its warmest congratulations to Dervla Murphy of Lismore, well known travel writer on the recent celebration of her 90th birthday. We will be featuring her work in our new display on Waterford writers, which we hope to, have completed early next year.

Stories From Old Newspapers


Dungarvan Observer 6th June 1925


“Clean Literature”


New Dungarvan Parish Committee


Rev. Father Egan presided at the inaugural meeting of the above held meeting in St. Marys Boy’s Club… there was a large attendance of intending members.  Dr. M. F. Moloney was chairman and Mr. T.Y. Power, hon secretary P. Dunne and Michael Flynn were hon Treasurers.

Father Egan, who has a keen interest in the working of the Literature Service Guild that has been operating in the town for the past twelve months, Fr. Egan felt that with such a committee he had no fear for the success of the branch.  He drew attention to the advantages to be derived from the circulation of clean literature in their midst, and hoped the good work carried on through the book box in the church and the Literature Service Guild would be greatly augmented, and in the future at least one Catholic newspaper or magazine would find its way into the homes on Sundays.  He paid a tribute to the local newsagents and booksellers, who he said, were most careful in the selection of literature they sold to the public.  He thought the Executive Committee would be acting in the strict censorship of all pictures shown locally, and finally he appealed to all those present to use their influence in introducing as many as possible to become members, so that  large numbers may receive the many spiritual favours granted by the Holy Sea to all those who help. 

Supt. Murray C.G said he was most interested in working for the society, and from a moral standpoint he promised to co-operate fully with the committee in the good work they had undertaken.  The committee were: Mrs. Gough Dower, O.B.E., Misses M. Forde, M. Fuge, M. Casey, E.M. Anthony, E. Brennan, Messrs John F. Moloney; Arthur Glynn, Michael Keane, Thomas Casey, Dan Cooney and William O’Meara.







THE BALLYVOILE AMBUSH- a centenary study.


The Museum would like to congratulate Cian Flaherty and the Ballyvoyle History Group on their recent book publication:

THE BALLYVOILE AMBUSH- a centenary study.

This book was sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gealtacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative and Waterford City and County Council Commemorations Committee.

This book is available at the Museum, we have a limited amount of this book and it is free of charge.


Stories From Old Newspapers


Dungarvan Observer February 1918


Lismore Coal Fund


"The poor will always be with us", is an old and true saying, but somehow or other they have appeared to be forgotten this season by our wealthy friends.  From time immemorial it has been the custom of traders to give presents at the festive season, but in 1916 some or we should say the majority of them failed to do so.  The excuse given, of course, was the war, which was a legitimate one.  On that occasion a collection was made and a quantity of firewood secured gratis, we understand, from the Duke of Devonshire.  Carters had to be paid for distributing some, and the result was poor helpless women had huge logs of firewood delivered to their doors for days.  It was then stated that this was a ruse of the traders to discontinue the custom of Christmas present, but we cannot vouch for the truth of that assertion.  The fact however remains, at 1917 Christmas neither presents or firewood had been given, and it is to this that we intend to chiefly allude.  The district of Dungarvan set us a worthy example in this respect-when they collected £163 odd and had distributed over 63 tons of coal to the deserving poor.  When are we to make a move here.  What are our City Fathers doing? Are there not tons of timber still in the locality knocked by the recent storm?  Surely the public men of the town are not going to allow the occasion to pass by.  The traders also, we are certain, will not be content until the wants of the poor are satisfied.  Any movement initiated with the object of planning a coal or timber fund for the poor will have our hearty co-operation.  Since the above was written a Jumble Sale in aid of the coal and timber fund organised by kind ladies in the district, has been held at the Courthouse. The sale was a splendid success, but the amount realised was nothing compared with what it should be if the traders co-operated the same as they did last year.




Stories From Old Newspapers


Stories from Old Newspapers


Waterford News 3rd August 1900


Dungarvan Improvements


What we want here is a few enterprising broad-minded businessmen who would now take advantage of the “rising tide " and give the town a push forward.  It must be admitted that members of the Urban District Council are doing their best... and cannot effect any radical alteration without taxing the people... Nature has done everything for Dungarvan, which if it were situated across the water... would, in 24 hours, make its fortune.  We have here a splendid landlocked harbour with miles upon miles of sanded beach for sea bathing, and with a foot bridge to the Cunnigar, which would cost inside of £ 1,000.

The railway company, who derive a considerable increase in their funding from the advantages offered to tourists by the situation and surroundings of the town, would no doubt, assist in the undertaking as they have done with the construction of the sea wall at Youghal.  The Urban District Council are now constructing a boat slip at the Promenade [The Lookout] and when this is completed it will be possible for tourists without any inconvenience to reach the boats from the end of the Promenade.

Another great want here is that visitors must wait for the tide morning and evening to have a “dip”, whereas at the very trifling cost, part of the bathing place could be enclosed by a concrete wall, and fresh sea water could be stored up, so that people could enjoy a bath at all hours of the day.  We trust this matter will receive the attention of the council.





Julian Walton Recipient of Major Genealogical Award


The Council of the Irish Genealogical Research Society have announced that the 2021 recipient of the Wallace Clare Award is Julian C. Walton, MA, FIGRS. "Julian has made a truly remarkable contribution to the study of Irish genealogy over five decades. Through his meticulous research and scholarly articles, his transcription of memorial inscriptions and his engaging communication of genealogical and local history topics, he has contributed greatly to the furtherance of ancestral research in Ireland."

Julian is a long time supporter and current Trustee of Waterford County Museum. On behalf of all in the museum I would like to congratulate him on this well deserved honour.


Stories From Old Newspapers


Dungarvan Observer editorial, 26 October, 1940


Were an invasion to be attempted, it can be taken as a certainty that an air armada would form the vanguard of the invading forces. Conquered Continental countries have experienced examples of this, and similar methods are being applied across-channel as a prelude to an invasion. This aspect of the situation must not be neglected.

The Old Borough of Dungarvan here is a very vulnerable seaport town. The dangers from bombing must be guarded against. Up-to-date fire-fighting appliances and an adequate number of well-trained A.R.P. warders are absolutely essential for the defence of the town, which by the way is already receiving admirable voluntary services from the Parish Council, Local Security Force, and Sub-Branch of the Irish Red Cross Society. It has been established since the bombing of the English Metropolis that civilian casualties are four to one of military. Many and varied are the ways A.R.P. wardens could act – even as auxiliaries to the Red Cross in the aiding of civilians in the event of any bombs being dropped. Dungarvan dwellers should be alive to the position, as well as the inhabitants of other towns. Every strictly necessary precautionary measure must be taken immediately to reduce the number of casualties in air raids.

Irish Ships Attacked

The Government Information Bureau has issued the following statement on behalf of the Dept of External Affairs:

‘The Irish-registered vessel, M.V. Edenvale (44 gross tons), was fired on by an aircraft at 6.15 p.m. on October 17, near Helvick Head, co Waterford. Members of the crew identified the aircraft as German. None of the crew was injured. The damage to the vessel is not serious. The Charge D’Affaires in Berlin has been instructed to lodge a protest with the German Government and to claim compensation’.

The Nazi had drafted “Operation Green” in the summer which included a plan to invade Ireland along the coast between Wexford and Dungarvan.

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