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Dungarvan Observer 3 May 1930

Entertainment at Lismore

For the purpose of providing pensions for the Jubilee Nurses in Ireland in aid of the Queen’s Institute for District Nursing, a grand variety entertainment was held in the New Hall, Lismore, under the kind patronage of their Graces the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The Duchess of Devonshire and Lady Blanche Cobhold and her daughter Pamela, Lady Rachel Stuart, Lord and Lady Bentick, were present from Lismore Castle, and the hall was full on the occasion, and the entertainment proved a most successful one from every standpoint. The programme consisted of a play in four acts entitled: ‘The Princess and the Monster’, presented by the Camogie Choral and Dramatic Society, a fairy phantasy by a troupe of children and a display by the Lismore Gymnastic Club. Various items were introduced into the play and fairy scenes. Irish step dancing and the Irish pipes, banjo duets and songs. At the interval her Grace the Duchess of Devonshire addressing the audience availed of the opportunity of thanking Dr D Healy, M.O., for the use of the hall…She also thanked the following: - Mrs Kate O’Connell (organizer), Mr James Goulding, Mr & Mrs Guest, Mr Roe, Mr Horace Villiers-Stuart, and the many friends who have helped, as well as all those who have provided such an excellent entertainment. 

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo taken in Grattan Square at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1975 with members of the Dungarvan Rowing Club? If so, please let us know. 

Get Creative with the Museum!

In the coming weeks Waterford County Museum is delighted to provide drawings  based on images in our collections to the Dungarvan Leader and Dungarvan Observer for children to colour in. The drawings were created by museum staff member and artist Tony Hayes.
Children are invited to photograph the finished drawing and email it to: info@waterfordmuseum.ie.
We will put them up in a gallery on our facebook page!

As the museum is closed we are thinking of ways to engage with our audiences. We hope to produce short films about our next exhibition and focus on objects in our collections and the story behind them. Watch out for further details on this and other initiatives.   

Museum Closed

Waterford County Museum will remain closed until 19th April as per government guidelines. We would like to send our best wishes to all our members and look forward to seeing you all again soon.

You can still contact the Museum by phone at (058) 45960 and
email: info@waterfordmuseum.ie during normal working hours
Monday to Friday – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All museum events, lectures, etc.  are cancelled until further notice.

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo taken in Grattan Square at the St Patrick’s Day Parade in 1975?  If so, please let us know. Our phone number is (058) 45960. This photograph is one of many available to view online on www.waterfordmuseum.ie.

Stories from Old Newspapers

Dungarvan Observer 3 May 1930
Dungarvan Solicitor’s Patent - Removing a difficulty in paper-making
Another Irish invention is described in the official journal of the Industrial Property Office for last month. It stands in the names of Frederick Butterworth, solicitor, Dungarvan, and Robert W. Horsburgh, Saggart, as joint inventors, and its object is to control automatically the thickness of paper in manufacture. The method adopted to measure the thickness depends upon the use of the photo electric cell. A beam of light passed through the paper will vary in intensity with the thickness of the paper, more or less light being absorbed, or the thickness increases or decreases. The beam of light, after its passage through the paper, is focused upon a photo electric cell and variations in intensity of the light produce variations in electric currents in the cell. These variations are amplified and used to control the speed of the motor driving the paper- making machine, so that, if the paper tends to thicken, the motor is accelerated and the amount of ‘stuff’ fed to the machine in each revolution is reduced.
Mr Butterworth, solicitor, is the nephew of Mr E.A. Ryan, solr., Dungarvan, and practices in the Waterford office of the firm of Messrs E.A. Ryan & Co Solrs.
Note: The Butterworth family lived in Colligan Lodge in the early 1900s. 


Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo taken at St Michael's Hall, Ballyduff Upper in 1945?  If so, please let us know.  This photo is one of many available to view online at www.waterfordmuseum.ie

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