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Annual Museum Fundraising Book Sale 2017

We are now accepting books for our annual Museum fundraising book sale.  Our book sale gives a much needed financial boost to help with the running costs of the Museum, so all donations are gratefully received.  Books can be dropped in to us at the Museum in Friary Street, and should be in good condition, with no magazines or encyclopaedias please. Thankyou.

Details to follow of the date and venue!

Object of the Week - 'Any Time is Urney Time' Clock from the Ormonde Cinema, Dungarvan, 1940s

Urney Chocolates was established in 1919 by Eileen and Harry Gallagher at Urney, Co. Tyrone.

Mrs Gallagher set up a sweet making factory in her back garden in an effort to provide employment for locals who were emigrating due to lack of employment.

In 1924 the factory was destroyed by fire and it was moved to Tallaght in Dublin.  By the 1960s Urney Chocolates was employing one thousand workers and was then one of the largest chocolate factories in Europe.  In 1963 W & R Grace, New York, purchased the company.  In 1970 they sold it to Unilever who changed the name to HB Chocolates.

The company ceased production in 1980.

20th September 2017 Illustrated Lecture - Curraghmore: A Hidden Treasure on Our Doorstep by Julian Walton

We are delighted to have Julian Walton kick off our 2017/18 lecture season with an illustrated lecture titled 'Curraghmore: A Hidden Treasure on Our Doorstep'.

For many years one of the most fascinating country houses in Ireland has remained hidden from the national media, and forgotten by many in the Déise.  Curraghmore House is now beginning to receive the attention it deserves.  For at least six hundred years the house and demesne have been the home of the same family, the name changing only once through marriage.  For the last three centuries it has been the seat of the Beresfords, Marquesses of Waterford, who played a leading role in the evolution of Georgian Ireland, and in Victorian times produced some famous churchmen and soldiers.  For three centuries before that it was the principal castle of the Power clan who ruled East Waterford until the coming of Cromwell.  Every generation has left its mark on Curraghmore.

The magnificent demesne of some two and a half thousand acres is open to the public subject to common sense restrictions.  The gardens (leave €5 in the honesty box), in a stunning setting along the River Clodiagh with a medieval bridge, hills, forests, avenues and splendid vistas, are open from Easter to the end of September.  During the same period there are guided tours of the house, with its huge courtyard, fifteenth century entrance hall, décor by Wyatt and others, historic furniture, paintings including family portraits.  The fine eighteenth century Shell House in the grounds is included in the tour.  The former parish church on Clonegam Hill serves as the family mausoleum.

Julian Walton is currently working on the archives at Curraghmore, with the assistance of Marianna Lorenc, and our Museum Curator William Fraher.  Julian's immense treasure of knowledge and his humorous observations on historical events will ensure a very interesting and entertaining lecture which will be well worth attending.

We are also breaking new ground with this talk because it takes place at the Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club on Davitts Quay, which is itself a very historic location which is where the famed 'Linny' used to stand, as they have very kindly allowed us to use their clubhouse for the talk.

There is a lift at the clubhouse to take people to the top floor.  All are very welcome!


Venue:            Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan

Date:               Wednesday 20th September 2017

Time:              8pm

Admission:    €5

National Heritage Week 19th to 27th August 2017 - Exhibition 'Neolithic Caves to Medieval Motte'

For National Heritage Week 19th to 27th August 2017 Gallows Hill Archaeology Group will exhibit their 2017 excavation work at Gallows Hill, and supporting excavation work with the Dungarvan Valley Caves Project, here in the Museum.

This looks like being a very interesting exhibition and will be well worth a visit!

Venue:            Waterford County Museum, Friary Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Date/Time:      Official Opening Saturday 19th August 2017 12pm to 1pm  
                        Then Normal Museum Opening Hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday                          
Admission:     Free

Object of the Week - Metal Ladle for Molten Glass from Waterford Crystal Factory, Dungarvan, 1970s

The Waterford Crystal factory opened in Dungarvan in July 1972.  The official opening was performed by Jack Lynch.  It was reported in newspapers at the time that the factory cost one million to construct and would employ two hundred and forty workers, thirty of whom were from An Rinn.

In 2002 the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the factory was celebrated with a publication and a special service at the factory.  A number of pieces of glass and other archival material were donated to Waterford County Museum.

The factory finally closed in 2005.

10th August 2017 Visitors from Bilbao and San Sebastián in the Basque Country Region of Spain

On 10th August 2017 we had a visit from a group of students from Bilbao and San Sebastián in the Basque Country region of Spain.  They were given a tour of the Museum by our multi lingual staff member Kieran Lineen and they thoroughly enjoyed their visit.
Staff Member Kieran Lineen with Students from the Basque Region of Spain

International Visitors Summer 2017

We are delighted to welcome groups of international students in connection with Maud Cunningham of The Language People in Dungarvan who regularly visit the Museum.  We have had groups of students from Spain and various other countries, and many other visitors to the Museum this year from all over the world including places as far away as Africa and Arizona!

Our multi lingual staff member Kieran Lineen has led many tours of the Museum for our international visitors this year, as have other members of staff, and the Museum is proving to be a very popular attraction.

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