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Series XIV, 2020

The series will run for ten weeks, every Thursday from 9 January to 12 March.  Lectures are held at Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite the GAA grounds: Eircode - X91 FVF9). 
Starting at 8 p.m., each lecture lasts about an hour and is followed by a question & answer session and light refreshments.

The next lecture will be held on Thursday 30 January.  The speaker will be Julian Walton and his subject will be:

The Hore family of Dungarvan

The Hores (the name means “white-haired”) were the leading merchant family in Dungarvan during the 16th and 17th centuries and also had a fine mansion at Shandon outside the town.  The map of their estate, drawn up in 1760, now restored and on display in our County Museum, provides a fascinating and indispensable record of Dungarvan 260 years ago

We hope you will be able to attend.

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this Abbeyside scouts photo taken in , Dungarvan.  If so, please let us know.  This photograph is one of thousands available to view online on www.waterfordmuseum.ie.

Story of old newspapers

Waterford Mail 17 July 1863
Bowling at The Hermitage Abbeyside
Sub-constable Goff summoned Patrick Sullivan, William Carroll, Maurice Quann, and Paddy Hearn, for bowling on the public road at ‘Hermitage’ , on the 6th inst, James Murphy, on the part of complainant deposed that he saw Maurice Quann and the other three defendants bowling on the road…Sub-constable: I told Quann that I would summon him, and he told me to do my best, that he was as well able to pay the cost as myself. Fined one shilling each with costs. The parties applied to the court to allow them a week for payment which was granted.

The Sheare Street Social Club, a Play by Jim Cullinane
Jim Cullinane’s Play ‘The Sheare Street Social Club’ comes to the Town Hall Theatre Dungarvan on Wednesday 5th February in the form of a dramatized read with costume of the period, with filmed scenes and original music.
Jim bases his play on the social club which was located there in the 50s. Jim Cullinane, who left for America as a young man, married Anne Tyrell of Murphy Place Abbeyside. It is true to say that the couple welcomed many of Dungarvan’s young people to the States and helped them settle there.  Jim took with him memories of Abbeyside of that time; many of his characters are drawn from true life and indeed Abbeyside Characters. Obviously, he has given them new names, and this is a work of fiction drawn from true life in Abbeyside and Dungarvan of the period.
 Waterford County Museum/ Gallows Hill Community group are very grateful to Jim for giving us his play as a fund raiser to cover our continued   cost of investigation at Gallows Hill it is directed by Deirdre Collender and filmography by John Foley, with original music composed and performed by Donal Power.
 This is a new direction for Jim’s play which was acclaimed in New York where it was staged for one week. The introduction of filming scenes at Alice O’Connor’s Pub in Abbeyside and at Merry’s on the Main Street will add that extra dimension to the stage performance. The best of both worlds, Theatre and Film. The mechanics of controlling this aspect of the performance falls to Dirk Baumann who is an expert in his field. All of this, with a cup of tea or coffee promises to make for a wonderful evening. Keep in mind, this is for one night only, and the play has some adult themes, and will be unsuitable for children. Admission is €10

Photo of the Week

    Can you identify anyone in this photo of the Dungarvan Town 

Thomas Power Decedents visit from New Zeeland

Thomas Power Decedents visit from New Zeeland

We Were delighted to host a visit from a group of Maori from Hamilton New Zealand who are descended from Thomas Power who left County Waterford in the 1830S . Robbie Neha and his Family are Trying to trace their Waterford ancestors . Robbie is a television producer / Director and he is making a documentary on their Power ancestor.  Tom Roa gave a PowerPoint presentation on the families history in New Zealand . Conner Power of Waterford county council brought them then to Dunhill Castle and they also met with the county and city archivist , Joanne Rothwell.
Willie was presented with carvings and paintings as donation to the Waterford County Museum . It was a most unusual and enjoyable evening and we wish them luck in finding more about Thomas Power’s origins.  

A personal view of the ‘Sheare Street Social Club’

By Proinnsias Breathnach
Proinnsias Breathnach has passed on some of his memories to us about the ‘Sheare Street Social Club’, several Abbeyside people have approached with information regarding the facilities of the club. Proinnsias about sums up what most of them remember.

‘I was a regular denizen of the Sheare’s Street Social Club in the late 1960s when I was in my late teens.  We just called it “The Club”.  During this period the Chairman was Maurice “Monsy” Waters, although we only ever saw him at AGMs, as he was never to be seen in the club on a day-to-day basis.

Going into the club from the street, there was a snooker table on the left-hand side.  It would more accurately be called a billiards table, as that was the game that was regularly played on the table.  Hardly ever heard of nowadays, billiards involved just three balls, two white balls (one for each player, with one having a black dot to distinguish it from the other).  The main way of scoring was to hit both the other balls in the one shot, which was known as a “cannon”, worth two points.  If you potted the red ball, you got three points, with the red ball being replaced on the table.  If you potted the other player’s ball, you got two points, but his ball was not replaced, which meant the only way you could score from then on was through potting the red.  The first person to get to 101

points won the game. It was a three-quarters size table, which made it easier to play billiards than with a full-size table, which may help explain why it was more popular than snooker.

On the right hand side of the room there was a radio on the wall which mainly played Radio Luxembourg in the evenings.  There may have been a darts and a rings board there, (there was)  but I don’t remember them.  At the far end of the room from the entrance door was the area where cards were played.  This was the most popular activity in the club, with the big games being 45, Poker and Brag (a 3-card version of Poker which was a great favourite of Gerald “Tricky” Cashman, who lived just down the street.

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