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Can you identify anyone in this photo of the Abbeyside Parish outing to Gougane Barra in 1930s?  If so, let us know

Wednesday 18th Sept 2019 - Lecture by Julian Walton in Dungarvan Sailing Club

Lecture by Julian Walton in Dungarvan Sailing Club

Louisa, Marchioness of Waterford (1818 -1891):
a bicentenary assessment and fresh discoveries

Julian Walton is back with what will prove to be a most interesting talk. 

Waterford County Museum Dungarvan is always delighted when Julian agrees to come and deliver a talk for us.  Readers and followers of the ‘Historical Giant’ will be drawn to the words in his lecture entitled ‘Fresh Discoveries’.  The subject matter of his talk will be, Louisa Anne Stuart, who was the younger daughter of Lord Stuart de Rothesay, a career diplomat and Lady Elizabeth Yorke.  Beautiful, artistic and deeply religious, who to the consternation of her family, married Henry, 3rd Marquess of Waterford, who had hitherto been renowned for his reckless and spendthrift behaviour in 1842.  Her reign of seventeen years at Curraghmore was marked by humanitarian endeavours which did much to alleviate the plight of the poor, especially during the Great Famine. 
            After the death of her husband in a freak hunting accident, Louisa retired to Ford Castle in Northumberland, where she survived her husband by thirty-two years.  In Ford she rebuilt the castle and village, decorating the walls of the school with biblical stories for which the models were the local children.  She was a gifted and prolific artist and was the friend of Ruskin, Rossetti, and other leaders of the art world.

            Louisa has been the subject of four biographies and several articles.  This lecture offers fresh insights into her character, based on her correspondence and art work at Curraghmore, much of which was not known to previous biographers.

             Now then, does that whet your appetite for more? Julian’s lecture takes place at the Sailing Club venue on the Quay, Dungarvan this Wednesday 18th at 8.pm. There will be an entrance fee of €5, and as always, all are very welcome.

Friday 20th September 2019 - Culture Night at Waterford County Museum

'Reading the Past - County Waterford People & Places'

Friday 20th September 7 - 8.30 p.m.

Hear a selection of guest speakers read from published and unpublished works focusing on Co Waterford from the 17th to the 20th century.

During the evening we will hear about Mr Boulez le Gouz’s impressions of Dungarvan and Waterford people in 1644,  Linen Cooke, the 18th century vegetarian from Cappoquin, Welshman Lewis Dillwyn’s visit to the Cunnigar in 1809, and many more.

Come along and have a chat and refreshments and celebrate Culture Night with us in the Museum.

Admission Free

Sunday 6th October 2019 - Scandal in the Big House! - Dromana House, Cappoquin

Venue: Dromana House, Cappoquin, CountyWaterford

Date:    Sunday 6th October 2019

Time:  10 am for 11 am start: Coffee

Admission:  €75 pp or €130 for 2 persons to include morning coffee, lunch & afternoon tea.

Julian Walton (Dunhill Education Centre): 'The Scandalous Lives of the Carpenters, Earls of Tyrconnell'.

Prof. Claire Connolly (UCC): 'Hot and Cold Scandal in Maria Edgeworth's Novels'.


Dr. Eibhear Walsh (UCC): 'Scandal in Merrion Square: The Other Wilde Trial'.

Dr. Peter Murray: 'Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know - Lord Byron, Lady Caroline Lamb and Lismore Castle'. 


Enquiries & Booking Email: info@dromanahouse.com Tel: 086 8186305
€75 pp or €130 for 2 persons to include morning coffee, lunch & afternoon tea

Programme subject to change without notice.

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo taken in Rome in 1950s at the church of St. Maria Maggiore?  If so please let us know.

Stories from Old Newspapers

‘The Irregular’s taste for the finer things’

Examples of two Dungarvan compensation court claims in 1923

Waterford News 11 November 1923

Thomas H Murphy of the Park Hotel, Main Street, Dungarvan, claimed £56.0.3 for teas, drinks, stouts, etc. taken by the Irregulars.  Murphy stated that the I.R.A. supplied meat to him which he had to cook for them.  They took the drink by force.  They also took a suit of clothes and a lady’s trench coat.  The state solicitor Mr. Ryan was intrigued and remarked: ‘What do the ladies want trench coats for?  We have enough going into trench coats without the ladies going into them’.  Murphy also said that the Irregulars took a quantity of underclothing and left their own clothing behind.  Mr. Ryan cross-examined Murphy who admitted he did ‘fairly well with the British military owing to his place being near the barracks.  The I.R.A. paid for some drinks they got, but they commandeered all the drinks they claimed for.  On the first night three of the Irregulars came in with a bomb and demanded three large stouts.  He sent to the barracks when the bomb was produced and the pin taken out, and the Irregular was removed.  Murphy found the bomb on the premises next morning and some ammunition’.  The judge awarded £20 in compensation.

R.A. Merry & Co claimed £1.13.3 for puddings, sausages and £84.16 for groceries, liquors, including six ‘quibs’ of champagne.  Mr. Ryan, solicitor, commented: ‘There must have been some fellows ‘craw-sick’ which produced much laughter in the court.  Merry’s felt they had to hand over the goods as the men had revolvers. The judge awarded £60.

1st October 2019 - Event in SGC Cinema

Members can avail of reduced rates to  this event courtesy of Mr. Eugene Tobin, Manager SGC Cinema, Dungarvan.  It is advisable to book your tickets in advance for these event. 

Placido Domingo 50th Anniversary Gala Evening on Tuesday 1st October also at 7.30.

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