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Wednesday, 14th October Ballysaggartmore House, Lismore

   Waterford County Museum Presents

An illustrated talk by William Fraher

Ballysaggartmore House, Lismore                 

       Ballysaggartmore House was the country seat of the Kiely family. Arthur Kiely-Ussher earned a reputation as a  heartless landlord as a result of evicting his tenants during the famine. There was a failed attempt to assassinate him.
Ballysaggartmore House and bridge, Lismore
        Ballysaggartmore was famed for its garden and demesne which featured a walled garden, conservatories and the imposing Neo-Gothic style entrance lodge and bridge now known as "The Towers".
         The House was purchased by the Hon. Claud and Lady Clodagh Anson in the early 1900's. The talk will also include the impressions of a young English governess who was employed by the Ansons during Christmas 1917. She gives a vivid impression of life in the Big House at this period and of the local people.
         Earlier this year, Willie was invited to give a paper on the correspondence of the governess at the 13th Annual Historic Houses of Ireland Conference, the theme of which was "Women and the Country House".

Venue: Green Room (upstairs), Town Hall Theatre, Friary Street.

Date: Wednesday, 14th October.

Time: 8 p.m.

There will be a €5 entrance fee.  All are very welcome.

William Fraher, who is our Museum President, is also one of our better known speakers. He has been researching the history of Dungarvan and Waterford since his school days! The subject matter of his latest offering is almost certain to raise a few eyebrows! It will of course be delivered with his usual charm and added darts of wit.

Certainly not to be missed.

Micheál Martin visits museum.

Micheál Martin visits museum

Last Friday, 2nd  October, there was an air of excitement and anticipation as the leader of Fianna Fáil, Micheál Martin visited Waterford County Museum.

Mr. Martin holding the Golden Gloves.
 Mr. Martin was born in Turner’s Cross, Cork in 1960, the son of Paddy Martin, formerly of CIE and ex-international boxer and Lana Corbett. He was educated at Scoil Chriost Ri. He later attended UCC and qualified as a secondary school teacher. It was at UCC that he developed a keen interest in politics. He is a member of Dáil Eireann since 1989 and the leader of Fianna Fáil since January 2011. He is married to Mary O’Shea and they live in Ballinlough, Co.Cork.

Willie Fraher being presented with memorabilia 
Micheál Martin receiving a photograph 
Mr. Martin spent time looking around the museum and was very impressed with the work being carried on. He showed a keen interest in the various exhibits and was excited that the history of the area was being preserved in such a fascinating way.
 The museum then presented him with a photograph showing his father Paddy with the noted and highly regarded Dungarvan boxer, Peter Crotty. He was delighted to receive it and gave a speech to thank all those present. He met the Crotty family who were present and reminisced about the olden days. Also present were Gerry O'Mahony, Dungarvan Boxing Club and Eddie Cantwell, Waterford County Museum.
The Crotty family donated Peter Crotty memorabilia, including his golden gloves to the museum, who were delighted to accept them. They will be on display in the museum for future generations to enjoy and cherish.
 Afterwards Mr. Martin spent time talking to staff and showed a very pleasant temperament and disposition. He answered questions and showed a keen interest in their work.

Reminiscing about the olden days with members of the Crotty family.

 Overall, Mr. Martin enjoyed his visit to Waterford County Museum immensely and vowed to return.
 It was a very memorable day in the history of the museum.

Tuesday,29th September Older Than Ireland

Older than Ireland

Luke Dolan
Directed by Alex Fegan (The Irish Pub), Older than Ireland is a landmark documentary that tells the story of a hundred years of a life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish men and women aged 100 or over. Often funny and at times poignant, the film explores each centenarian's journey, from their birth at the dawn of Irish Independence to their life as a centenarian in modern day Ireland.
Reflecting on such key events as the day they got their first pair of shoes, the thrill of their first kiss, from the magic of their wedding day to the tragic loss of their loved ones, these centenarians have lived through it all. Having witnessed a century of immense social, political and technological change each centenarian has a unique perspective on life and its true meaning.
From the oldest Irish person ever on record, 113-year-old Kathleen Snavely to Ireland's oldest man, 108-year-old Luke Dolan, we meet a colourful cast of characters, from all walks of life, from four corners of Ireland.
These centenarians are our living history and these are their extraordinary stories.

Kathleen Snavely
Keen GAA man, Luke Dolan, attributed longevity to a boiled egg every day, plenty of sugar in his tea and a devoted wife.

Venue: SGC Dungarvan

Date: Tuesday morning, 29th September

Time: 11 a.m.

There will be a €5 entry fee. All are very welcome.

Weds,16th Sept - Lecture: To the Gap & Back - Walking through History in the Nire Valley

Michael Desmond
An illustrated talk by Michael Desmond

"Every year thousands of people walk in the Nire Valley to the Gap. For some, the Gap is their destination, for most it is the jump off point to climb higher into the Comeragh Mountains, but very few know the stories and history to be found along this much travelled route. The construction of a road through the mountain, the funeral path, the connection with the killing of D.I Gilbert Potter, the final days of the Irish Civil War, the church built by J.J McCarthy, settlements from the Bronze Age to cluster villages. The road to the Gap is more than a simple Boreen crossing the Comeragh Mountains".

Church built by J.J McCarthy
Waterford County Museum are delighted that Michael Desmond is delivering this talk for them. He held his audience spellbound on the last occasion that he delivered a lecture for the Museum. This will certainly prove to be another such occasion.

Michael holds a Diploma in History from UCC. He also leads guided walks in the Comeragh Mountains which has become a second home to him over the last 16 years. Members of the Museum Society who recently visited an area of the Comeraghs were overcome with the natural and spectacular beauty and indeed, the historic evidence that is prevalent there!

Michael's talk is most certainly not to be missed.

Venue: Town Hall Theatre, Friary Street, Dungarvan.
The Nire Valley

Date: Wednesday, September 16th.

Time: 8.00 p.m.

Admission: €5

All are welcome to this event.

Friday, 21st August The Mystery of Gallows Hill Revealed

Waterford County Museum will be announcing the results of the geophysical survey of Gallows Hill carried out by Geophysicist Kevin Barton

All will be revealed tonight 

Venue: Town Hall Theatre, 

Date: Friday, 21st August.

Time: 8.00 p.m.

All are welcome. 
Admission free.

Dino Day A Tremendous Success

Dino Day took place in Waterford County Museum, Friary Street on Saturday, 15th August.
The event was a huge success and it generated a big interest in Dinosaurs.
A very large crowd turned up for the event, a mixture of adults and children, all excited to be there. There was a presentation and a question and answer session. All the children were very enthusiastic with their questions about the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The children played with the dinosaurs in the sandpit and coloured pictures. There were goodie bags and sweets for all the children.

The event was a great success and the interest in Dinosaurs is well and truly alive, one little boy even proclaiming that he was going to be a Paleontologist when he grew up!

We would like to thank all the parents and children who turned up on the day. Your enthusiasm and participation made the event totally worthwhile and we look forward to seeing you all again for further events at Waterford County Museum.


August 15th 2015 Dino Day for Children

Free Children’s Event
Dino Day 

Venue: Friary St  
Date:  Saturday 15th August 

Time: 11 am to 12.30pm

All children are welcome 

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