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Object of the Week - Book Jacket for the Trail of the Black & Tans

This book, published in the autumn of 1921 was written under a pseudonym 'The hurler on the ditch' and the true author was Emily Ussher (nee Jebb) 1872-1935 of Cappagh House.  

She married Beverly Grant Ussher (1867-1956).  On his retirement in 1914 they settled at his family home at Cappagh.  They had one child, Percival Arland Ussher, writer and philosopher

Emily recorded life at Cappagh and West Waterford during the revolutionary period in an unpublished manuscript.

Object of the Week - Erinox Cubes Tin

These cubes were made at Clover Meats in Waterford who opened a factory at Christendom in Ferrybank in the 1920s.  

They introduced Erinox Cubes in 1937.  They were very popular during 'The Emergency' and were used as a substitute for tea.

Object of the Week - A Hat Made by Christys’ of London 20th Century

The firm was founded in 1773 by Miller Christy.  

The firm supplied helmets to the Metropolitan Police for over two hundred years.  

Their main factory was at Stockport, Cheshire, which was the largest hat and cap making factory in the world in 1843.  

The firm are still in business.

Object of the Week - Coward’s Cider Label 1930s

The Coward family settled in Dungarvan c. 1925 and Henry Coward worked for Thomas Power producing his Blackwater Cider.  

Power's stopped production and the Coward family started their own cider business in Stephen Street, Dungarvan where they also had an iron foundry.

Newspaper Article About Waterford County Museum 1982



Object of the Week - Memo to the Dungarvan Waterworks Committee from Michael Beary (Borough Surveyor) 1893


Michael Beary (1841-1917) lived in Sexton Street, Abbeyside.  He was appointed Borough Surveyor in 1882 a post he held until his retirement in 1908.  Edmund Keohan states that he designed two schemes of Artizan Dwellings in Dungarvan.  

This billhead notes that he was 'Engineer for Labourer's Cottages'.  He was interested in local history and was a member of the RSAI.  He was also an amateur artist and painted a number of illuminated addresses including that to Captain Veale on display in the museum.

To hear more about Beary and public housing in Dungarvan William Fraher will be giving a talk on the subject at the Group for the Study of Irish Historic Settlement's conference at Lawlor's Hotel on Sunday the 13th of May.  

For more details see www.irishsettlement.ie

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