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1916 Exhibition at Waterford County Museum

Official Opening of the 1916 Exhibition

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising, we opened our new exhibition: "The Recent and Tragic Occurrences" 1916 and County Waterford".

The exhibition highlights the Co. Waterford links with the Rising and some of the leaders. We were delighted to have medals and memorabilia from the Graves and Ó Reagán families who attended the opening.

Renee Fraher from Waterford curated a special display on Cumann na mBan member Kathleen McLoughlin, born in Old Parish.

Also on display is an estimate for a new altar at the chapel of the Presentation Convent, Dungarvan from James Pearse (father of Padráig Pearse) kindly donated by the Presentation sisters.

Author and Historian, Pat McCarthy performed the official opening. Pat spoke about the Waterford people who were associated with the Rising such as Thomas Walsh of Tallow, Michael Murphy of Cappoquin and Dublin Metropolitan Police Constable, John McGrath from Modeligo.

Willie Fraher thanked all those who loaned artefacts and documents and thanked the museum staff, the Waterford 1916 committee, the Friends of The National Collections, John Ormond, Dreoilin Glass, Julian Walton, Thomás Walsh and Ann Broderick, who designed the display boards.

This exhibition is open daily from 9-5 pm and all are very welcome. We also welcome groups from schools and community groups.

 Admission is free

We look forward to seeing you here.

April 26, 2016 Recent visitor to the museum

Recent Visitor to the museum

We were delighted to have a lovely visitor to the museum recently. Alice O'Byrne from Waterford Road, Kilkenny called in to us to make a donation.
She donated two beautiful medals to the museum. They were medals awarded to Edmond O'Connor, Millstreet, Modeligo, who died on March 28, 1971.
One of the medals is  from 1939-1946. It is a Cósanta Aitiúil medal with ribbon. The other medal is a Cogadh na Saoirse medal with ribbon.

We gratefully accepted the medals and they have been catalogued and added to our archive and will be available for future generations to enjoy.

Thank you Alice for your donation.

Alice O'Byrne donating the medals to Willie Fraher and Michael Fitzgerald

Saturday, April 30 Waterford Men in the 1916 Rising in Dublin.

Waterford men in the 1916 Rising in Dublin

Dr. Pat McCarthy

An illustrated talk by Dr. Pat McCarthy

Venue: Dungarvan Library

Date: Saturday, April 30

Time: 11.30 am

There is no entry fee and all are very welcome.

Pat McCarthy is now no stranger to Dungarvan and in conjunction with Dungarvan Library, we are delighted to welcome him once again to the town. Pat's talk on this occasion will cover the experiences of the Volunteers from Waterford who fought in the GPO, Boland's Mill, the Four Courts, the South Dublin Union and Ashbourne during Easter Week. These were men like Thomas Walsh of Knockanore who was sentenced to death for his part in the fighting.
It will also look at Waterford men serving in the British Army who fought against the rebels, men like Joseph Ridgway of Waterford City, the British Army doctor who treated James Connolly after the surrender. The contribution of men from Waterford City and County to the momentous events of Easter Week is largely unknown.
This is an opportunity to learn about them and who better to deliver that information than the very colourful Pat McCarthy.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Local Historic Photographic Exhibition

Photographic Exhibition

Photographs from the Tomás and Kathleen Walsh Collection in association with Helvick Head Lifeboat Station

Venue: Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club

Date:  Friday, April 15
           Saturday, April 16
           Sunday, April 17

Time: Friday 15th at 8 pm
           Saturday 16th at 11 am
           Sunday 17th at 11 am

Please come along and see this wonderful exhibition. All are most welcome.


Thursday, March 23 Julian Walton Talk at Dunhill Education Centre

100th Talk given by Julian Walton At Dunhill Education Centre

Congratulations to Julian on the 10th anniversary of his local history talks at Dunhill, which was marked by the 100th talk given by Julian on - 'Easter 1916 - Two MacDermotts, Sean and Frank - Two visions of Ireland'.
There was a large attendance who were treated to a tour-de-force performance which was greatly enjoyed by all.

Julian delivered his talk with his usual flair and added sense of drama. He kept all those present glued to their seats as he dealt with the historical and political drama of the period.
The greatest surprise of the night was when he was presented with a cake and present for his contribution to the Dunhill Education Centre over the past 10 years.

Well done Julian. Your dedication, enthusiasm and insight are really inspiring. May there always be work for your hands to do.

Saturday, April 30 A Spring Afternoon in Dromana House and Gardens

Dromana House and Gardens
Venue: Dromana House and Gardens

Date: Saturday, April 30

Time: Starting at 2.30 pm

Booking essential : €30 - includes talks, afternoon tea and tour of the gardens

email: info@dromanahouse.com      Tel: 086 8186305

2.30 pm  Arrival/Registration

3.00 pm  'Grand Designs - Houses, Gardens and Landscapes of the Blackwater Valley'

Dr. David Edwards (Senior Lecturer, School of History, University College Cork):

'The land-grabber's playground: The Colonial landscape of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork (1595 - 1643)

Dr. Finola O'Kane Crimmins (Senior Lecturer, School of Architecture, University College Dublin):

'Framing the Blackwater; Landscape Painting, Architecture and Tourism in an Irish River Valley'

4.00 pm  Afternoon tea, followed by a tour of Dromana Gardens

5.15 pm  End of Proceedings

Following on from Dromana is an evening at Lismore Castle at 6 pm. 
Dan Pearson, English garden designer, landscape designer, journalist and television presenter will speak about the origin and creation of Chatsworth/Laurent Perrier Garden at last year's Chelsea Flower Show and its reinstatement along the trout stream at Chatsworth last Autumn and this year. He will also put it into context with a brief look at other previous projects that share a similar balance of the wild and the cultivated including the Tokachi Millennium Forest, an ecological public park in Japan and the developing planting plans for the Garden Bridge in London.

Email for details: director@lismorecastlearts.ie

Specials in conjunction with SGC Dungarvan

We are delighted to announce that we will have specials during the year in conjunction with the SGC Dungarvan. At present we have Michael Collins in the cinema running until Thursday, March 24.
 Special offer for members at €6.50. Tickets are available at the museum.

The programme for the next couple of months is as follows:

Tuesday, April 12: Painting the modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Monet was an avid horticulturist and arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art. He saw the garden as a powerful subject for his art.

Tickets will be available to members at €10

Thursday, May 26: Teatro Alla Scala: Temple Of Wonder

An incredible journey through one of the most important temples of performing arts in the world; a tour through centuries, where past and present intersect. Includes archival footage and recordings of some of the biggest names in the history of opera, ballet and concerts.

Tickets will be available to members at €10

Thursday, June 16: Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius of Milan

Filmed during an extraordinary exhibition dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan in 2015 and led by the greatest experts on his work. We will explore as never before the achievements and personality of one of the greatest artists who ever lived.

Tickets will be available to members at €10

Thursday, July 7: St.Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome

A unique film event on the occasion of the Extraordinary Jubilee proclaimed by Pope Francis. An exclusive visit to the four major basilicas in Rome to discover the hidden treasures of the Eternal City.

Tickets will be available to members at €10

Look forward to seeing you.

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