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Date for your Diary- Members Christmas Get Together


The museum will be having a Christmas gathering, for its members (plus a guest), which will have finger food, a book launch, and entertainment.  

The details are as follows:

Date: Thursday 15th December 2022

Time: 7pm, Refreshments will be served

Location: Waterford County Museum building, Friary Street Dungarvan

For further details

Phone: (058) 45 9 60                       Email: info@waterfordmuseum.ie


Stories from Old Newspapers


Saunder’s News-Letter 14 April 1787

Thomas Fowler’s Misfortune

To The Nobility and Gentry

Thomas Fowler, of Dungarvan, having upwards of thirty-five years exported Provisions, his own property, to Dublin Market, on Saturday the 13th day of March last, the sloop Thomas and Nelly [of Dungarvan], laden with fish and potatoes, all of said Fowler’s property was cast away and lost between the lighthouse and Dunleary, and the lives of the crew providentially preserved.

Said Fowler has lost three sloops within these three years, and three of the crew perished in one of them; and as the sole dependence of himself and family was on the sloop and cargo, he is reduced by the loss, to a real state of want. Benefactions for the poor man will be received by Mr John Maddock, of Temple Bar, Dublin.

According to Watson’s Almanack 1783, John Maddock of 19 Temple Bar, was a ‘Hatter’.


The Bad Times – Waterford Country Houses During the Revolutionary Period

A new expanded edition of this book is now available in hardback and paperback at the museum and direct from Amazon. It now contains an index, map, additional text and images and a new foreword by John Martin author of the Historic Atlas of Dungarvan.

A vivid account of the people who lived through the revolutionary period, whether as occupants of the country houses (both large and small), their servants, members of the IRA or the Free State army, or ordinary people living in the countryside caught up in the tides of war. The research is meticulous and is based on an extraordinarily wide range of sources, both published and unpublished, including compensation claims in the National Archives, witness statements given to the Bureau of Military History, and contemporary Irish and UK newspapers.

One of the most valuable sources is the family archives of the owners of some of those houses, particularly the correspondence of Emily Ussher of Cappagh House and the diary of Mary de la Poer of Gurteen le Poer. This book is available to purchase at the following places: Waterford County Museum Dungarvan, David Walsh Office Supplies Dungarvan and the Book Centre, Waterford City and Mount Congreve shop and visitor centre, County Waterford. The paperback is €20 and the hardback is €25. 

Date for your Diary- Christmas get together


The museum will be having a Christmas gathering, for its members (plus a friend). The details are as follows:

Date: Thursday 15th December 2022

Time: 7pm, Refreshments will be served

Location: Waterford County Museum building, Friary Street Dungarvan

For further details

Phone: (058) 45 9 60                       Email: info@waterfordmuseum.ie

Stories from Old Newspapers

 Irish Times 18 November 1957

Mount Congreve Gardens by G. O. Sherrard

I paid a visit to a very interesting garden lately that of Mount Congreve near Waterford, the property of Mr. Ambrose Congreve. It is a large garden and has two main features - (1) A walled garden of about two acres with a wide herbaceous border running completely round it at the foot of the wall and a well-kept lawn in the centre; and (2) an informal garden of trees and shrubs, planted in clearings in a wood.

The herbaceous border is very fine and reminds me of that at Castle Forbes Co. Longford. There is a great selection of plants. And the width of the border allows them to be planted in groups with tall things, such as Lavatera Olbia at the back. The flowers of late autumn were making a display when I was there – Michaelmus Daisies, Rudbeckias, Eupatoriums, Heleniums, Sedum Spectabile and so forth. I noticed an improved form of the sedum, named Brightness, and a fine form of Rudbeckia Newmanni,called Goldsturm. Salvia Uliginosum was producing its vivid blue flowers and is quite hardy in this garden.

The house is at the top of a rather steep wooded slope and vistas have been cut through the trees so that the River Suir could be seen. Many of the trees are fine specimens and Mr Congreve has used them to shelter a choice collection of shrubs, in which Rhododendrons are prominent. Other shrubs which are well represented are the Magnolias, of which I saw large specimens of M. Campbelli and M. Mollicmats, the beautiful pink species. The large Mahonias, such as M. Bealei, M. Nepalense and M. Lomarifolia, made quite a handsome group in the woodland.



Stories from Old Newspapers

 Loss of A Vessel in Dungarvan Bay

On Monday evening the brig Thyme, from Cork, laden with coals and iron, struck on a ledge of rocks called the Geanors, stretching across from Helvick Head towards Ballinacourty Point. It was three quarters ebb at the time, and blew a great gale from S.W.; the waves running frightfully high. The Coast Guard’s boat endeavored to go to her assistance, but failed. Six brave Ring-men then manned one of their yawls, and with that intrepidity, and humane and generous enterprise, which characterized their noble and daring exertions on many former occasions, braved the fury of the waves, and, at peril of their own lives, succeeded in rescuing the crew from the imminent and certain fate which momentarily awaited them. Such heroic and praiseworthy action, as saving from certain death the lives of six or eight human beings would be sure in any other country but this to meet with liberal and prompt reward, but in Ireland, at least in this locality. Seldom do we find any other stimulus or incentive to the achievement of such fine, manly and hazardous deeds, but the innate principles of virtue, and magnanimous spirit of fearless courage, and disinterested philanthropy which animate the Irish heart. The Thyme was about 150 tons burthen. She went to pieces, parts of her bulwark, etc, came ashore, under the Abbeyside Castle, on this evening. 

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