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Lecture - 'Sir John Keane and Cappoquin House in time of war and revolution' by Mr. Glascott Symes

This lecture is part of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society's Winter/Spring Lecture Programme 2017, and will cover Sir John Keane's management of the Cappoquin estate through his service in both the Boer War and World War I, returning home for the War of Independence.

He went on to serve in the first Senate of the Free State only to have his home destroyed in the Civil War.

However, he personally oversaw the rebuilding of the house.

Please see our previous review of the book in the same name by Mr. Symes.


Venue:  St. Patrick's Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford

Date:     Friday 27th January 2017

Time:    8pm

1916 Exhibition & New Temporary Exhibition from Reserve Collection

The 1916 exhibition has now been dismantled and we would like to thank all those who loaned artefacts and provided information.  Part of the exhibition has been incorporated into our permanent display on the revolutionary period.

We will be replacing this exhibition with a selection of artefacts and documents from our reserve collection not normally on show.


Trip Advisor Visitor Review - 'Wonderful Museum'

'The Waterford County Museum is a great place to spend time.  It is in a central location in Dungarvan and its exhibits are very well laid out.  The staff are friendly and informative.  When you visit the area, you will have a good experience of our local culture.  It is a must visit when calling to Dungarvan, Co. Waterford'.  Visited October 2016.

Object of the Week - Programme for the Tipperary V. Cork Football Semi-Final at Fraher Field, Dungarvan, 4th July 1948

This is one of a collection of hurling and football programmes in the Museum archive.  It was printed by the Dungarvan Observer.

There are a number of advertisements for local businesses, including two on the front cover shown in this image for Miss Boyle, O'Connell Street, and M.J. Cleary, publican, Grattan Square.

The result of the match was Cork 0-12, Tipperary 0-3. Referee P. Ryan.

Trip Advisor Visitor Review - 'A Must on Your Next Trip to Dungarvan'

'I cannot say enough about the Waterford County Museum!  It is a wholly inclusive account of the history of Dungarvan, with beautiful displays and artefacts filling the entire space.  Every display is beautifully staged with a description providing even more history and context.  And that is just the museum itself.  The people are what really make the museum shine!  The whole team was so helpful and attentive.  They were able to print beautiful photos for us of my great-grandfather (which were in their archive) and even helped us identify a medallion that we had of his.  Eddie Cantwell, the local historian, went above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that my family and I had an immersive and enriching experience both at the museum itself and all around Dungarvan.  I cannot recommend a stop at the Waterford County Museum enough on your next trip to Dungarvan!  We will be back for sure!'  Visited July 2016.

Object of the Week - Wooden Butter Pats, Early 20th Century

When the butter was removed from the churn the butter had to be 'grained' so that it was thick enough for moulding.

It was then washed several times in cold water and the buttermilk drained off.  Once the butter was clean enough, butter pats were used to mould it into shape.  The pats were dipped in water in between to avoid the butter sticking.

Butter sold in grocery shops came in large slabs.  The grocer cut off a section and shaped it with the butter pats.  Sometimes the butter was stamped with a design from a wooden mould.

New Book - 'Faces in the Window' by Susan M. Green

This is a beautiful new book full of stunning photographs of details of the stained glass windows in Mount Melleray Abbey.

These close up photographs show the stained glass windows made by Harry Clarke Studios circa 1940's, along with quotations from Scripture and St. Patrick's Breastplate to aid meditation on the images, all printed on thick glossy pages.

Available from Mount Melleray Abbey Book Shop.

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