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New Books for Sale in the Museum

We always have a selection of books with local connections for sale in the Museum with a wide range of topics from local history to guide books to poetry and photographs.  We have two new books by Donald Brady for sale at the very reasonable price of €10 each.  Donald was County Librarian for County Waterford from 1982 until 2010.  He spoke about one of the books 'Katherine Cecil Thurston Irish New Woman Author' at the Immrama Festival in Lismore recently.  The second book is 'Essays from Lismore II' which features some of Donald's previous contributions to Immrama.

A percentage of all of our book sales goes towards the running costs of the Museum.  Please do consider calling into us in Friary Street to view our selection of books.

Donation of Objects for the Museum

The Museum relies on donations of objects/old photographs from members of the public. We do not have funds to purchase objects, so we would be very grateful for any objects of local historic interest which you may have in your possession which you would be willing to kindly donate to us.

By donating items to us you will be playing your part in helping to preserve local history for future generations.  You can drop items into us in Friary Street here in Dungarvan, or call us on 058 45960 to discuss any items you are thinking of donating.

Your Chance to Support the Museum!

Museum membership is available for an annual fee of €15 if you would like to support the work of the Museum.

The Museum relies heavily on membership fees, donations and fund raising activities, so we would be delighted if you would join us as a member.  As a member you will benefit from knowing that you are supporting the important work of the Museum in County Waterford, plus being informed of various talks, new exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the year. There is also a member's annual trip and Christmas meal.

Please do consider joining us as a member.  You can see the very varied and interesting work of the Museum, including volunteers recently taking part in local archaeological digs in the previous posts here on our website and blog.  Call in to see us in Friary Street here in Dungarvan, or call us on 058 45960 for more information.

June 2017 Archaeological Digs at Gallows Hill and Dungarvan Valley Caves

June has been a very exciting month with two important archaeological digs taking place.

First there was the dig at Gallows Hill in Dungarvan led by Archaeologist Dave Pollock with volunteers connected with the Museum helping.  This dig uncovered important information giving clues as to the origins of Gallows Hill, including an unknown 17th century siege fort, a hidden Anglo Norman Motte, four ditches, a piece of worked flint, pottery, clay pipes and a cannon ball.  On the first day of the dig there was also a special dig for children with the Big Dig team which was very well attended and enjoyed by all.

Next came the dig at Dungarvan Valley Caves.  Our thanks to Dr. Cóilín Ó Drisceoil and Dr. Richard Jennings and their team for inviting the volunteers to take part.

Dungarvan Valley is an archaeological gem that has the potential to reveal Ireland's earliest evidence of human occupation.  This was a fascinating dig with huge amounts of information being gathered together by the archaeologists with help from the volunteers.  Finds included a 35,000 year old bear tooth and ancient animal bone remains.

Our thanks to Eddie Cantwell and Chrissy Knight-O'Connor, to all the archaeologists, volunteers, Waterford City & County Council, The Heritage Council, Adopt a Monument Ireland, Dwane Tool Hire, Trihy's Saw Mills, Graphic Print & Signs, Cathal Brugha Resident's Group, artist Anthony Hayes, and all who helped in any way.  Photos are from John Foley and the Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Group.

Start of Gallows Hill Dig 2017

Archaeologist Dave Pollock with Volunteers

Sheltering from the Rain!

Danny Kiely Digging

Eddie Cantwell & Chrissy Knight-O'Connor

The Mayor Came to Visit!

Local Resident Reece Coward

Working Through Sunshine and Rain!



Kevin Barton, Dave Pollock, Chrissy Knight-O'Connor

At the Start of the Dig

Eddie Cantwell with the Big Dig Team

Into the Side of the Mound

Being Filled In at the End of the Dig

Being Filled In at the End of the Dig

Archaeologists and Volunteers at the Caves Dig

Volunteer Paul McLoughlin Helping Archaeologist to Sieve for Finds

Volunteer Danny Kiely Digging

Volunteer Sarah Lucas

Group Looking at the Progress

View Looking Out From the Cave

Dr. Richard Jennings with Chrissy Knight-O'Connor

Leo Varadkar's Connection With Dungarvan

This photo was taken in 1930 in Moloney's Bakery in Dungarvan. Martin Whelan (known as Leo) can be seen at the right of the photo and his great grandson is Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

12th June 2017 - Civic Reception in Honour of William Fraher

William Fraher, Cllr. Damien Geoghegan, with Museum Staff Past & Present
A Civic Reception was held in the Civic Offices in Dungarvan on 12th June in honour of the Chairman of Waterford County Museum William Fraher in recognition of his enormous contribution in researching and preserving the history of County Waterford.

Cathaoirleach Dungarvan Lismore Municipal Council Damien Geoghegan presented William Fraher with two scrolls, and a gift of a Waterford Crystal bowl.

The event was very well attended and was enjoyed by all.
Martin Fraher, Olga Fraher, Jimmy Fraher, William Fraher, Cllr. Damien Geoghegan

Object of the Week - Brownie Camera

The Brownie camera was introduced to the market by Kodak Eastman in February 1900.  It was a very basic cardboard box camera with a simple lens.  It was cheap to buy and became extremely popular.  The name Brownie is derived from the 'brownies' in a popular Palmer Cox cartoon of that period.

This model No. 3 is made of wood and leather dating from 1909-1915.

Sunday 17th June 2017 is International Brownie Camera Day!

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