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W.I.T. Students visit Museum

We were delighted to welcome Gavin McCormack and his fellow students from W.I.T. to the Museum last week. They are fourth year architectural students, who have a great interest in the medieval history of Dungarvan. 
The students were welcome by the Museum staff, committee member Eddie Cantwell and Archaeologist Dave Pollack. Dave shared his vast knowledge with the team and also gave them a guided tour of Dungarvan town. We are very grateful to him for giving up his time. 

Dave Pollock is the author of the book “Medieval Dungarvan above and below ground” which is available for sale at the Museum.

July 2015 Dromana 800

Series of Talks to mark Dromana 800 

2015 celebrates the 800th anniversary of the charter from King John to the Norman knight Thomas Fitz Anthony, Seneschal of Leinster, granting Thomas the present-day counties of Waterford and Cork in Ireland. From the time when Thomas Fitz Anthony’s daughter married John Fitz Thomas FitzGerald, their descendants have lived at Dromana house, Villierstown. The FitzGeralds have been an integral part of the community since the thirteenth century.
Dromana 800 is a celebration of people and place. There are few families in Ireland today whose history is so well documented. On 3 July there will be a seminar which will include the following distinguished speakers: Julian Walton, Ken Nicholls, Dr Anthony Malcomson, Peter Murray, Robert O’Byrne, Dr. Diarmuid Scully. 
Other events include music, house tours, Georgian fete, Commemoration of Battle of Affane, genealogy consultations.
To find out details of the full programme of events consult the web site – www.dromana800.com.

Venue's: Dromana, Villierstown

Dates: 2nd to 5th July 2015

Ernest Walton Commemorative Coin on Display in Museum

This limited edition collector coin is issued to commemorate the life and work of Ernest Walton, the only Irish person to win a Nobel Prize in science. It is a €15 Silver Proof Coin issued by the Central Bank of Ireland.

Ernest Walton was born in AbbeysideCounty Waterford. In 1922 he won scholarships to Trinity College, Dublin for the study of mathematics and science. He was awarded bachelors and master's degrees from Trinity in 1926 and 1927, respectively. The "Walton Causeway Park" in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford was dedicated in his honour with Walton himself attending the ceremony in 1989. He died in Belfast on 25 June 1995, aged 91.

21 January 2015 "1914 Sleepwalking into War"

An Illustrated Lecture by Julian Walton
titled "1914 Sleepwalking into War"

Historian Julian Walton is a former secondary school
teacher whose interest in this subject arose from classroom discussions on the origins of what contemporaries called
 "The Great War".
He has made a special study of Europe in the years leading up to the war and in this lecture he provides his own "take" on the subject.

Venue: Town Hall Theatre, Friary St., Dungarvan

Date: Wednesday 21st January 2015

Time: 8pm.

Admission: €5-

Christmas Opening Hours at Museum

Christmas opening hours
Monday 22nd December 9-5
Tuesday 23rd December 9-2
Wednesday 24th December Closed
Thursday 25th December Closed
Friday 26th December Closed
Monday 29th December 9-5
Tuesday 30th December 9-5
Wednesday 31st December 9-12
Thursday 1st January Closed
Friday 2nd January Closed

We wish all our members and friends a very happy Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year

The Déise Divided by Tommy Mooney

Tommy Mooney has recently launched his new book
titled "The Déise Divided"

A History of The Waterford Brigade IRA and the Civil War.

The book was published by dePaor, Scanlan's Yard, Dungarvan.

"The Déise Divided" is  now available for sale at the Museum.

Recent Donations by Mr. John Stafford

The Museum has recently acquired by donation from Mr. John Stafford, original documents relating to the Court Martial in Dungarvan, of a Private Thomas Ward of the Royal Irish Hussars who was slaughtered in the town “in aid of the Civil Power” in October 1846.

This was the period during the Great Famine in which Food riots occurred resulting in death and injury among the rioters.

Private Ward, however, was not court-martialled for any conduct during the riots, but for being drunk on duty, along with three other troopers.

A more detailed account of the riots is contained in the Waterford County Museum Society publication “Desperate Haven” an account of the
operator of the Work House in Dungarvan.

John also donated a lace neck choker and a skirt clip.

We are very grateful to him for these donations, which were presented to Mr.Jim Shine of Waterford County Museum.

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