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Wednesday, Feb 3 Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Project/Exhibition Opening

Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Project/Exhibition Opening

We were delighted to have the opening of this exhibition on Wednesday, February 3 after a lot of hard work and effort.

We were thrilled to have Bernadette Guest, County Heritage Officer here with us to perform the opening and we would like to thank her for her knowledge and participation.


Thanks to all those who took part in the project from start to finish. The finished product from all your labour is well worth a visit.



Thanks to all those who came
along on the night. Your participation and support is greatly appreciated.
Feel free to call in and see this inspiring exhibition.

Saturday, Feb 6 and Sunday, Feb 7 : 1916 Exhibition by Cumann Staire and Oidhreacht Ghaeltacht na nDéise

1916 Exhibition

Cumann Staire and Oidhreacht Ghaeltacht na nDéise proudly present a 1916 Exhibition in Halla
Naomh Colmáin, Old Parish.


Venue: Halla Naomh Colmáin, Old Parish

Date: Saturday, Feb 6 and Sunday, Feb 7

Time: Saturday 7-9 and Sunday 10.30 am - 1 pm

All are very Welcome.

Wednesday, Feb 17 Frank Hugh O'Donnell. An illustrated talk by Muiris O'Keeffe

Frank Hugh O'Donnell, The Member For Dungarvan

Muiris O'Keeffe
Waterford County Museum in conjunction with Dungarvan Library are delighted to announce this very interesting talk by one of their own, Muiris O'Keeffe.

Venue: Dungarvan Library

Date: Wednesday, Feb 17

Time: 8 pm

All are very welcome. This is certainly a talk not to be missed. It will be delivered no doubt, with Muiris's particular flair and wit, accompanied with photos, cartoons and other visual material from the period.

Frank Hugh O'Donnell was the last member of Parliament to represent Dungarvan Borough at Westminster (1877-1885). Though little-known today, O'Donnell was one of the leading lights in the Home Rule movement, initially established by Isaac Butt in 1873 and in its successor, the Irish Parliamentary Party under the leadership of Charles Stewart Parnell.

Muiris O'Keeffe is a member of the Museum Society. Born in Dungarvan, he worked as an engineer in various local authorities until his retirement and returned to Dungarvan in 2007. His play, "Days of our Youth", depicting historical events in West Waterford during the War of Independence was staged to great acclaim by Dungarvan Dramatic Club in 2012 and he has since completed another script, as yet unperformed. It was while researching for a separate project on Parnell that Muiris first came across Frank Hugh O'Donnell, who played a minor but important role in the early stages of what came to be known as the Pigott forgery trial. Intrigued by the Dungarvan connection, he set to work and this talk is the end result.

Look forward to seeing you there.



Friday, Feb 5 The Coast, The Copper, The Ancient East: County Waterford's Archaeology. A Talk by Dave Pollock

A Talk on County Waterford's Archaeology by leading Waterford Archaeologist, Dave Pollock

"The Coast, The Copper, The Ancient East: County Waterford's Archaeology" is a talk by Dave Pollock, leading Waterford archaeologist on what would be of interest in County Waterford to tourists when visiting 'Ireland's Ancient East'. Ireland's Ancient East is the new marketing initiative for the South East and the East of Ireland which will follow up on the 'Wild Atlantic Way'.

Venue: The Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark Visitor Centre in Bunmahon, Co. Waterford

Date: Friday, February 5

Time: 7.30 pm

Ticket Price €5. This includes tea and coffee. (Group discount available on request). For further information visit www.coppercoastgeopark.com or Telephone: 051 292828 or 087 6283211

County Waterford has an abundance to offer. It promises to be a very interesting and informative talk on the rich heritage of County Waterford as the County is steeped in the most fascinating history and evidence of this lies all around us today in the form of our megalithic tombs, standing stones, ogham stones, ancient forts, harbours and coastal defences.
Dave Pollock, leading Waterford archaeologist will be looking at some of the archaeological remains on the coastal strip, from the megalithic tombs of the earliest farmers to the coastal defences of two thousand years ago, before the days of the Vikings and wondering just how different was the coastal strip from inland Ireland.

Look forward to seeing you there

Wednesday, Feb 3 Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Project/Exhibition Opening

Waterford County Museum are delighted to announce that we are having the opening of the Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Project/Exhibition. We are very pleased that Bernadette Guest, County Heritage Officer will be with us to perform the opening.

Venue: Waterford County Museum, Friary Street

Date: Wednesday, February 3

Time: 7 pm

Bernadette Guest
We are looking forward to a great night and all are very welcome to attend.

Gallows Hill is one of the earliest upstanding monuments in Dungarvan. The earthen mound is believed to be part of a structure known as a Motte & Bailey. It was probably built by the Anglo Normans in the immediate aftermath of the invasion and conquest of Ireland. They had a distinct style of castle building called a Motte & Bailey. These Motte & Bailey castles were later replaced by more substantial stone castles as was the case in Dungarvan. At a much later date, the mound at Gallows Hill was used as the site of the public gallows, hence the present name. The earliest written reference to this is in an 18th century document.
Community Archaeology is a relatively new concept in Ireland allowing local people an opportunity to get hands on experience exploring local heritage sites.


If this has whet your appetite and you would like to find out more, please come along on the night. We look forward to seeing you.

Wednesday, Jan 20th Waterford Links to Newfoundland

Continuing our talk and lecture series, Waterford County Museum are proud to present Jack Burtchaell, Waterford Historian and Waterford City Tour Guide.
Jack Burtchaell
He will be giving an illustrated talk on Waterford links to Newfoundland.

Venue: Town Hall Theatre Green Room (upstairs), Friary Street

Date: Wednesday, January 20th

Time: 8pm

Entry Fee €5. All are very welcome.

Jack is a wonderful speaker and really captures the imagination of the listener. He is a man - it is true to say - that is now known all over the world. He is well known for his Waterford City Medieval walking tours. He has a number of historic publications to his credit. He was awarded several 'Best Tour Feature' by CIE International Awards of Excellence and he also won a Bord Fáilte Irish Welcome Award as well as collecting awards from various parts of the world.

Looking forward to seeing you all here.

Dunhill History Lectures, Series X, 2016


The series will run for ten weeks, every Thursday (except St. Patrick's Day) from 14 January to 24 March, starting at 8pm.

14 January     Julian Walton: "Cardinal Wiseman (1802-1865) and his family's Waterford origins"

21 January   Julian Walton: "Wars, woes and weddings: The turbulent life of Richard Power, Earl of Tyrone (1630-1690)"

28 January     John Arnold: "Meeting and match-making" & Jeremiah Buckley: "Great Hopes for the Future"


(At the request of the speakers, a collection will be made on behalf of the Marymount Hospice, Cork at this lecture)

4 February      Norman Graham: "Survivors of the Titanic"  

11 February    Julian Walton: "Powers and Beresfords: Curraghmore lives on, 1690-1790"

18 February    Jimmy Fitzgibbon: "From Waterford to the South Pole with Cavanagh's Magic Lantern"

25 February    Eugene Broderick: "Waterford and the Blueshirts"

3 March          Pat McCarthy: "Waterford men and the Gallipoli campaign, 1915-1916"

10 March        William Fraher: "The Valley is too lush: West Waterford as seen in the memoirs of Frida Keane (1908-1989)

17 March        NO LECTURE (St. Patrick's Day)

24 March        Julian Walton: "Easter 1916: Two MacDermotts, Sean and Frank - and two visions of Ireland"

Lectures are held at Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite the GAA grounds). 
Starting at 8pm, each lecture lasts about an hour and is followed by a question and answer session and light refreshments.
Admission charge of €5 per lecture (reduced price of €45 for the full series of 10 lectures, payable on the first night). All are welcome.
For details, contact us by phone (051 396934) or see our website www.dunhilleducation.com

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