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17th October 2019 - "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Live in SGC Cinema Dungarvan



The Theatre becomes the forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious frogs and moonlight revels.  This comes live from the Bridge Theatre and stars Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) & Oliver Chris, (Green Wing) with a full supporting celebrity cast.

Tickets are now available at a reduced rate at the Museum on Friary Street thanks to Eugene Tobin, SGC Dungarvan.  This very highly rated show and comes live to SGC Dungarvan at 8 p.m. on 17th October 2019.  You are advised to purchase your tickets early.

It should be noted that the Bridge Theatre, where the show is running, requests that under 16s be accompanied by an adult.


"Butlerstown Revisted" - Launch of new Book


“Butlerstown Revisited” was launched recently.  It is the second volume published by Meitheal Staire Butlerstown.  There are many articles in it on local people, places and events, including one on Claude Chavasse, whose portrait is on display in the museum, kindly given by ‘The Friends of the National Collections’.

This attractively produced book is on sale for €12.00.



Stories from Old Newspapers


Waterford News & Star 25/5/1923

Mr. James Larkin in Dungarvan

Mr. James Larkin addressed a large Labour meeting on the Square, Dungarvan, on Wednesday.  The Labourers marched in a body from the Town Hall, a piper playing, the men proceeding four deep.  Mr. Butler T.D. presided, and introduced the speakers, among whom were Messrs T. Ryan, Waterford, and Organiser Baird, Belfast.

Mr. Larkin who was received with cheers, recounted the early efforts of his to forward the cause of the labourers in England, Scotland, and Wales, also in Belfast, and then in Dublin. In speaking of Belfast, he said there were 870 men, 320 women and 139 children shot down by special constables.  Referring to the political situation, he said that Mr. de Valera made certain proposals and the Premier replied: he said the republicans must swear allegiance to the English King.  But many Kings had lost their jobs, and King George may lose his, too, before very long.  In the Dail there were 36 men, and of these, twenty hold office, and this without getting back to their constituents.  The farmers made millions by the blood lust during the war, and they want to cut down the men’s wages now.  There were 85 million pounds in the banks, but the labourers had none of it.  He called on them to have peace, to strengthen the union, and work for a worker’s republic.

Photo of the Week

Do you recognise anyone in this photo of three ladies enjoying a picnic on Clonea Beach c1950s?
If so, please let us know.

8th October 2019 - Royal Opera: Don Giovanni Live in SGC Cinema




We have another  special for our Museum members in 
conjunction with SGC Cinema.  Members can avail of reduced rates to 
events courtesy of Mr. Eugene Tobin, Manager SGC Cinema, Dungarvan. 

It is advisable to book your tickets in advance for these events. 

Members can call to the museum to pick up their concession tickets. 

The event is: Royal Opera: Don Giovanni - Live 

It will be shown in SGC Dungarvan on Tuesday 8th October 2019 at 6.45 p.m. 


Stories from Old Newspapers

Dungarvan Leader 11 February 1950

Tom Tobin, writer of the Spotlight column in the Leader received a letter from Thomas D McCue (native of Abbeyside and brother of Jack McCue) in San Francisco relating to the first Irish ship flying the tricolor to pass through the Golden Gate:

‘On Thursday morning January 27 I witnessed one of the greatest thrills of my exiled life when the first Irish ship ‘Irish Plane’ first to fly the Irish flag, sailed through the Golden Gate…Later in the day I had the pleasure of visiting the ship and meeting a young man from Dungarvan, Michael Shalloe, who is a cadet aboard her…In a very short time my son Capt James McCue and myself had him travelling around San Francisco seeing the sights.  Later…my daughters, Mrs James P Moloney and Mrs Frank J Mealy, known in Abbeyside as Margaret and Dorothy McCue entertained our visitor to dinner.  My sister Aileen McCue enjoyed Michael’s visit very much as she knew his father’.

The ship was built in England for Irish Shipping Ltd and the captain was Patrick Frank Kelly Jr. Also at the Official welcome were the Irish consul, Patrick Hughes, and Phil O’Rourke the head of the radio operators union and the Irish Freedom League. 

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo of a group of tennis players at the tennis courts, Coolagh Road, Abbeyside, c 1950?  If so, please let us know.

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