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Members Trip to Mayo Update

We have negotiated an exceptional price of €245 for 3 nights which includes the following:

Staying at the Luxury “Twin Trees Hotel and Leisure Club”, Ballina.

Bed, Breakfast and 5 course Dinner each night

Guided tour of Mayo –Trips to:
The Jackie Clarke Collection,
Ceide Fields Visitor Centre,
Foxford Woollen Mills
Knock Shrine and Museum
Turlough House and Park and the Museum of Country Life.

Free nightly entertainment arranged by the hotel.
Full use of the leisure facilities 

Coach tour will begin in Dungarvan on Sunday 10th May at 9am, having the same coach for the four days, with all trips and excursions included and then returning to Dungarvan on Wednesday evening. 
Included in the price are All travel expenses.

Maximum number accepted is 26.  Book early to avoid disappointment as first come, first served policy will apply. 
A deposit of €100 is required to secure place. (A €20 supplement each night will apply for single occupancy room).

For further details please contact the Museum at 45960.

25th March 2015 Waterford Food Fights

“Waterford Food Fights:
An illustrated lecture by Joanne Rothwell.

A talk about disputes and conspiracies in food.
Food to eat and food to sell were vital to survival for many, so much so, they were prepared to fight for it. This talk will introduce some of the fights that occurred in Waterford about food, from complaints against underselling brewers, over-priced butter tasters and sub-standard cabbages and the rioting in the streets for bread.

Since Joanne took up the position of Waterford County Archivist,  archivist@waterfordcoco.ie she has proved to be an enormous asset to the Town and County. Particularly in this present time when so many people are researching their roots from various parts of the world. Joanne is always on hand 
and available to those people seeking her help. 

Joanne Rothwell
Waterford County Museum is delighted to announce this particular talk which is sure to grab the attention of food enthusiasts, and indeed anyone who is interested in the history of food in the county. 

Joanne is no stranger as a speaker for the Museum Society lecture seasons. Indeed she is a very popular speaker and her talks are always infused with a certain amount of merriment. An enjoyable evening is assured.

Venue: Green Room, Town Hall, Dungarvan 
Date: Wednesday 25th March 
Time: 8 pm
Admission: €5.00

All are welcome

Visitors to Museum

 Part of the group from the Anne Le Roy Centre, Dungarvan
enjoying their visit to the Museum

Michael Hourigan, Garry Hogan and Christy Kirwan

4th July 2015 Dungarvan 800 Celebration Banquet

Dungarvan 800
On 3 July 1215 King John issued a charter at Marlborough which granted the customs of Breteuil (in France) to Dungarvan. It freed the burgesses in the town from tolls and customs owed to the Crown. The 800th anniversary of this important event takes place on 3rd July this year. It will be a weekend of celebration and a number of events have been planned to mark this occasion. Details of all the events will be issued at a later date.

Celebration Banquet
One of the main events in the celebration of Dungarvan 800 will be a banquet held in the medieval section of the town at Crews Restaurant. 
The banquet which has been organised by the Dungarvan 800 Charter Committee will be held on Saturday 4th July.

Tickets for this event will be available only from Waterford County Museum, Friary St., Dungarvan.

Please book early as we expect this event to be very popular.

10th May 2015 Museum Trip for Members

News Flash! News Flash! News Flash!
Museum Trip for members decided.

We have negotiated an exceptional inclusive deal for 3 nights

Guided tour of Mayo, Bed, Breakfast and 5 course dinner each night. 
Staying at the Luxury “Twin Trees Hotel and Leisure Club" Ballina. 

Free nightly entertainment with full use of the leisure facilities.
Coach tour will begin in Dungarvan on Sunday10th May at 9am, returning on Wednesday evening.  

For cost and additional details please contact the Museum at 45960.

18 Feb 2015 Read all about it! Read all about it! Stories from old newspapers

An Illustrated Lecture by William Fraher

Stories of Waterford people, places and events taken from old newspapers. Willie has been trawling through old newspapers and has found fascinating stories about Dungarvan and Co. Waterford.
The stories of the ordinary people of Co Waterford are more likely to be found in old newspapers as they rarely feature in official documents.

Find out about
The incredible survival story of the crew of "The Bodicea"
The hardships and struggles of Co Waterford tenants in the 19th century.
Horse racing at the Cunnigar.
Court reports and many other stories.

This particular talk is sure to generate a great deal of interest, and indeed a great deal of laughter.

Venue: Green Room, Town Hall, Dungarvan
Date: 18th February 2015
Time: 8 pm
Admission: €5.00

See press release in local papers.

Dromana's Katherine Fitzgerald

‘The Old Countess of Desmond’ – Katherine Fitzgerald

Katherine was born at Dromana in 1464. The lands of Dromana had been given by James Fitzgerald, 7th Earl of Desmond to his son Gerald Fitzgerald, who became Lord of Decies and the founder of the Dromana Fitzgeralds.
In 1529 Katherine, daughter of Sir John Fitzgerald ( d.1534) married Thomas Fitzgerald, 12th Earl of Desmond, becoming Countess of Desmond. Katherine’s husband had been married previously to Gilis Ny Cormyk, daughter of the Lord of Muskerry. The marriage ended after Thomas killed his father-in-law in battle.
On the death of her husband, Katherine retired to Inchiquin Castle near Youghal. Her grand-nephew, John Fitzgerald took over Dromana. She was later known as ‘The Old Countess of Desmond’ as she is said to have lived until 1604. This longevity seems unlikely, she may have lived to near 100. She is said to have died trying to pick cherries from a tree at Dromana. Sir Walter Raleigh claimed to have met her and refers to her in his History of the World published in 1614. In 1617 Fynes Moryson stated that she grew two sets of teeth and used to walk five miles to Youghal once a week. The Old Countess is believed to have been buried in Youghal Abbey, near her husband.

Further reading: ‘The Old Countess, the Geraldine knight and the lady antiquarian: a conspiracy theory revisited’ by Clodagh Tait in History Ireland magazine, May/June 2013.

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