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Object of the Week - Miniature Portrait of John Odell (1801-1847) of Carriglea House, Dungarvan c. 1830s (artist unknown)

John’s parents were John Odell and Catherine Young, daughter of the Bishop of Clonfert.  John was educated at Cambridge and Oxford.  In September 1827 he married Caroline Ambrosia King, daughter of Lieutenant colonel Sir Henry King.

John decided to build a new house more suitable to the status of the family and picked an elevated site not far from the old family home of Mount Odell.  It is believed to have been designed by Daniel Robertson who also did a set of drawings to transform Curraghmore into a great gothic castle.

In 1826 John was granted confirmation of a new coat of arms which included the arms of Radcliffe and Osborne along with the three crescents of the Odells.

John died of 'fever' on the 26th of May 1847 and his death was widely reported in the newspapers: 'He caught the fever attending relief committees in Dungarvan poorhouse as Guardian'.

The Carriglea estate was left to his brother Edward in trust for his son.

Kilmacthomas Historical Society Talk

During Heritage Week the Kilmacthomas Historical Society will be hosting a talk on the ‘Kilmacthomas Curraghmore Connection’ by the renowned historian Julian Walton.  

The talk will take place on Tuesday the 21st of August 2018 at the Coach House Café in Kilmacthomas at 8pm.  This will be followed by tea/coffee and biscuits.  

All are welcome.

Gallows Hill Project Wins County Final Award for Heritage

Our Gallows Hill Project has won the county final of the National Lottery Community Awards for heritage.  

We are absolutely delighted to win this award and we will now represent Waterford at the regional final against Cork, Tipperary, Carlow and Wexford.

Calling All Little Archaeologists: Heritage Week at Gallows Hill Sunday 19th August 2018 10am-4pm

The Children’s Big Viking Dig will return to Gallows Hill for Heritage Week and the European Year of Culture 2018 on Sunday the 19th of August 2018.

The School of Irish Archaeology will recreate a replica ‘Viking House’ and excavation site where children can explore the Viking world through a simulated archaeological dig.

This site is specially constructed alongside Gallows Hill Community Big Dig, and it gives children the chance to experience the life of an archaeologist by learning how to excavate the remains of a Viking house. 

The Big Dig experience is suited for children aged 5 to 12 years of age.  As they dig through the site, children will unearth Viking treasures and artefacts dating back 1000 years.  They will learn about the lives of our Viking ancestors as history is brought to life by qualified archaeologists. 

Places are very limited and booking is essential for this event, please contact Waterford County Museum on: 058 45960 or email info@waterfordmuseum.ie

The event has been funded and supported by Creative Waterford, (Waterford City/County Council).

Georgian Country House Interiors: Sunday 9th September 2018 10am-4pm at Dromana House


Dr. Peter Murray: 'The influence of Italy on taste in Irish country houses in the eighteenth century'.

Julian Walton: 'The libraries of the Big Houses in County Waterford'.

Dr. Patricia McCarthy: 'A fit setting for ‘Persons of Noble Birth and Rank -  Dromana’s sumptuous apartments'.

Dr. Conor Lucey: 'The stuccoed interior in Georgian Ireland'.

Booking essential

Tel: 086 8186305

€70 pp or 2 for €125: Morning coffee, lunch, and afternoon tea included.

Object of the Week - A Portrait of Edward Odell of Carriglea House, Dungarvan c. 1830

This portrait recently acquired by Waterford County Museum, was sketched in watercolour and pencil by C. Grant at Oxford.  Little is known of this artist but there is a lithograph based on a portrait by him of Hugh Gough, 1st Viscount Gough in the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Edward Odell (1807-1869) was the brother of John Odell (1801-1846) of Carriglea.  When John died he left the estate to his brother's son who was then aged three.  Edward was educated at Harrow and at Christchurch, Oxford where this sketch was executed.  Before moving back to Carriglea in 1846 Edward had been on a continental tour and had visited Sicily with John, 2nd Marquis of Ormonde and was writing an account of this trip.

In 1838 Edward married Harriett Ricarda Nugent-Humble of Cloncoskeran House and they lived in Malta before returning to Carriglea.  Edward held the post of magistrate and had a keen interest in history.

In 1850 the Marquis of Ormonde published his account of Sicily under his own name as An Autumn in Sicily but Edward was not given credit on the title page although he is mentioned in the preface.

'A Tale of Two Castles' Gallows Hill Walk and Talk July 29th 2018

We had a nice turnout for our castle to castle, walk and talk, which took place last Sunday morning.  The main speakers were Chrissy Knight-O'Connor, William Fraher, and Dave Pollock, with some additional information contributed by Eddie Cantwell.  

Chrissy took those attending the walk and talk through the history of Gallows Hill and updated them on the archaeological work that was carried out at the mound.  

William Fraher spoke on the history of the town from Shandon Street to the corner of Friary Street and archaeologist Dave Pollock took over the proceedings from there to the castle.  

Our thanks to the speakers and those who attended on the day.

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