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Limerick Gazette 10 December 1804

Tragic Murders at Lisarow

On the night of Friday, the 2nd ult., a most cruel murder and robbery was committed at Lisarow, near Ardmore, Co Waterford, on the bodies of Darby and Daniel Hearn, farmers (father and son), by three armed men, who broke into their house about an hour of 12 or one o’clock (many more remaining outside) and having procured a light, they immediately commenced a search for the above unfortunate persons, and on finding them vied with each other who should commit the horrid deed – which they did by shooting the son through the head, and killing him on the spot; they then fired at the father, but only wounding him in the thigh, they compelled him to take a draft, supposed to be poison, as he died shortly after in great agony. The villains then robbed the house of cash and bank notes to the amount of £120 and burned promissory notes and bonds to the amount of £350  more; after which they deliberately sat down to the fire and smoked some tobacco, and before they departed bound the remainder of the family, by oath, to quit the farm in three days.  

 

 

Waterford Women of The Revolution 1914-1923

This new book by authors Eddie Cantwell and Christina Knight - O’Connor-   is now on sale at the museum and David Walsh office supplies, Dungarvan and retails for €25. Copies are selling fast, so get yours before it sells out. Congratulations to the authors on a significant work, beautifully printed, the fruit of many years of research. 


The early 20th century was a period of intense, conflicting, contrasting, and political, social views and ideals. Ideals that were to collide and launch the country from a world war to a determined campaign for Irish independence and eventually a bitter Civil War. During this period of unrest, many Waterford women grasped the opportunity to become actively involved in the fight for a free and United Ireland. Most people will have some knowledge of the stories behind the revolutionary Dublin women who were actively involved in this period, but know virtually nothing about Waterford women. Why is this? Why were these brave women who risked all in the fight of independence ignored by historians, and, Ignored by the male officers that they served under? Yes, when they fought for a medal and pensions in the 30s the men did sign their application, and submitted the odd letter outlining their attributes and their involvement in the fight for freedom. But look at the statistics; in Waterford more than six hundred women were members of Cumann na mBan or working as Intelligence officers for their local Volunteer Battalions. Cumann na mBan or the Women’s Council, was a female Nationalist Organisation founded, on 2 April 1914. Waterford Cumann na mBan provided safe houses, took on non-combat roles in sieges, ambushes, and they carried guns to locations of ambush sites. They found suitable locations to hide guns in preparation for these ambushes, and were there to remove them after.

They manufactured explosives, in their own houses! And, of course they served prison sentences. Chrissy Knight- O’Connor and Eddie Cantwell do not claim to have all the answers of why these brave revolutionary women were ignored in the passage of time. But they have set out to at least shine a light, no matter how small, on the sacrifices that these women made

Their book details the stories, personal accounts and recollections of many Waterford women including Nora Foley (née Mulcahy) Abbeyview, Dungarvan. What a significant and historical role she played when she carried the ceasefire message to Dublin that heralded the end of the Irish Civil War. On this occasion Miss Fiona Plunkett arrived from Dublin to Nora’s home and she escorted her to an executive meeting in the Nire. Miss Plunkett was a leading member of the Cumann na mBan Executive and sister of Jack, George, and Joseph Plunkett. All three brothers took part in the Easter Rising. People will be more familiar with Joseph, who was executed for his part in the Rising and as a signatory of the Proclamation following the surrender. Seven hours before his execution by firing squad at the age of 28, he was married in the prison chapel to his sweetheart Grace Gifford who was a Protestant convert to Catholicism. Her sister, Muriel, had married his best friend Thomas MacDonagh, who was also executed for his role in the Easter Rising. Grace never married again

 

 Nora tells us. ‘I conduced Miss Fiona Plunkett to the Nire from Dungarvan to an executive meeting, where we both waited through the night in the kitchen of the cottage, where the meeting was being held. At the termination of the meeting a dispatch was brought out to us, and we were instructed to carry same to Dublin. As far as I can remember this dispatch was the ‘Dump arms and ceasefire order’. Miss Plunkett carried the dispatch as far as Waterford City, because in the Waterford area I might be recognised and searched. In Waterford she handed the dispatch to me, and I carried it to Dublin unaccompanied. Acting on Miss Plunkett’s instruction, I met her in Dublin and delivered it to her. Still acting on her instruction I called to An Stad restaurant and handed a dispatch, which I took to Tipperary having to remain there until a special messenger was sent to collect it.

 ‘An Stad’ 30 North Frederick Street, Irish for the ‘The Stop’ was a well-known meeting place for Nationalists and people who wished for the revival of the Irish Language and culture from the late 19th century. During the Civil War its proprietor Mollie Gleeson took the anti-Treaty side, and it was used as an underground command centre for the IRA and Cumann na mBan.

To read more about Nora and many more Waterford women copies of Waterford Women of the Revolution 1914-1923 are available at Waterford Book Centre, David Walsh’s, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan, Lismore Heritage Centre and Waterford County Museum, 05845960 or history@waterfordmuseum.ie https://www.waterfordmuseum.ie/revolution/

Funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media under the Decade of Centenaries - History Ireland 2012-2023 initiatives and Waterford City and County Council Commemorations Committee.

New Museum Committee/Trustees 2023

The following were elected at our recent Annual General Meeting:

 

  • Chairperson:               Thomas Phelan
  • Vice Chair Person:      Tom Broderick
  • Secretary:                   Christine King
  • Treasurer:                   Paula Uí Uallacháin

 

Trustees

  • Eddie Cantwell
  • Tony Fitzgerald
  • Mary Giblin
  • Denis Barron
  • Miriam Walsh
  • Irma Costello
  • Christina Flynn
  • Aine Uí Fhoghlli

 

 




 

Talks & Walks at 3 - 2023 Series


A series of free half hour talks & walks exclusively for members, presented by Museum Curator William Fraher.


 

Talks will take place in the museum at 3pm with refreshments after.

 

The walks will take place at 3pm, meeting in the museum and will be subject to weather conditions on the day.

Please contact the museum to book your place in advance at 058 45960

 

TALKS SCHEDULE:

Wed 8th   February - A Scrapbook of Memories

The scrapbook of Rev Mon. Richard J Casey of Dungarvan

 

Wed 15th February - A Villa in Town

The history of three suburban villas in Dungarvan – The Beeches, Mountain View, & Monroe Glebe

 

Wed 22th February - Museum Top Twenty Artefacts

The curator’s choice of the 20 most interesting artefacts on display

 

Wed 1st  March - A Waterford Explorer in Egypt

Henry Windsor Villiers-Stuart of Dromana – his travels in Egypt.

 

WALKS SCHEDULE:

Wed 8th March – St Mary’s Parish Church Cemetery

‘Grave matters’ - interesting grave memorials

Wed 15th March – St Mary’s Church of Ireland

Learn about Dungarvan’s oldest ecclesiastical site and its various churches.

 

 

Talks & Walks at 3 - 2023 Series

 


A series of free half hour talks & walks exclusively for members, presented by Museum Curator William Fraher.

Talks will take place in the museum at 3p.m. with refreshments after.

The walks will take place at 3p.m., meeting in the museum and will be subject to weather conditions on the day.

Please contact the museum to book your place in advance at     058 45960

__________________________TALKS______________________


Wed 8 February - A Scrapbook of Memories

The scrapbook of Rev Mon. Richard J Casey of Dungarvan


Wed 15 February - A Villa in Town

The history of three suburban villas in Dungarvan – The Beeches, Mountain View, & Monroe Glebe


Wed 22 February - Museum Top Twenty Artefacts

The curator’s choice of the 20 most interesting artefacts on display


Wed 1 March - A Waterford Explorer in Egypt

Henry Windsor Villiers-Stuart of Dromana – his travels in Egypt.


__________________________WALKS______________________

Wed 8 March – St Mary’s Parish Church Cemetery

‘Grave matters’ - interesting grave memorials


Wed 15 March – St Mary’s Church of Ireland

Learn about Dungarvan’s oldest ecclesiastical site and its various churches.

Stories from Old Newspapers

 

 Cork Examiner 2 May 1849

 Cholera in Dungarvan

A petition has been signed by 27 of the most respectable inhabitants of Abbeyside, and addressed to the Rev. Mr Shanahan, P.P., calling on him to prohibit in future the internment of the paupers in the Augustinian Cemetery in that parish. The yard is literally covered with graves even to the very edge of the walks, and no room left, unless they may be piled one over another. This shows a most awful state of mortality in this locality. There were 900 paupers sent out of the Union Workhouse this day, for outdoor relief at one penny a day each, or one pound of Indian meal for their support.

28 April

On the 25th instant, a boy of the name of Fitzgerald, aged 15, was discharged on the previous evening from the Union poorhouse and died of Cholera after four hours illness, he being one of the number for out-door relief, and on the 26th three new cases occurred in the poor-house, one of which was expected to terminate fatally before night. And yet with all these people of Cholera amongst us, what do you think the Guardians…have done at the Board meeting the following day? They have actually appointed their only medical officer, Dr Christian*, to take part of the duties of the Fever Hospital…I ask…how is it possible any medical man could attend to the wants of over 3,000 paupers, divided amongst five auxiliary poor-houses. Furter I have to state that the Sanatory Board, and inhabitants disapprove of the Guardians having taken houses in the most populous part of the town, for the reception of Cholera patients.

*In 1840 Doctor Thomas Christian married a daughter of the Rev Stephen Dickson of Monroe Glebe, Abbeyside. He died on 14 February 1853.

 

 

Waterford Women of The Revolution 1914-1923

 This book by authors Eddie Cantwell and Christina Knight - O’Connor-   is now on sale at the Museum, David Walsh office supplies, Main street Dungarvan, The Book Centre,Waterford City and retails for €25. Copies are selling fast, so get yours before it sells out. Congratulations to the authors on a significant work, beautifully printed, the fruit of many years of research.



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