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Free Downloadable Waterford History Books

The following books about Waterford History are available to download free of charge. They are all of interest, particularly Charles Smith's book. It should be kept in mind that the books are products of their time. Some of the historical conclusions or facts may have been overtaken by current research. This is particularly true where the authors deal with pre-history. P M Egan's book is quite well known for containing inaccuracies but it is still a part of the canon of Waterford historical literature.

Charles Smith
The ancient and present state of the county and city of Waterford (1774) 2nd edition

R H Ryland
The history, topography and antiquities of the county and city of Waterford; with an account of the present state of the peasantry of that part of the south of Ireland (1824)

Joseph Hansard  
The History, Topography and Antiquities (natural and Ecclesiastical) with Biographical Sketches. (1870)

Edmund Downey
The story of Waterford: from the foundation of the city to the middle of the eighteenth century (1914)

P. M. Egan
History, Guide & Directory of County and City of Waterford (1895)

Thanks to Ivan Fitzgerald for sending on these links.

15th Oct. 2014 The Protestant Pope by Dr Eugene Broderick

Bishop Robert Daly
Eugene Broderick former principal of Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Waterford will give a lecture about the life and career of Robert Daly, 1843-1872. Robert Daly, Church of Ireland Bishop of Cashel, Waterford and Lismore is now a largely forgotten figure. Yet for many years in the nineteenth century his was a household name among Protestants and many Catholics.

Venue: Town Hall, Friary St, Dungarvan
Date: Wednesday 15th October 2014
Time: 8pm
Admission: €5-
All are welcome

17th Sept 2014 The Christ Church Cathedral Collection by Kieran Cronin

Illustrated Talk at Museum

Waterford County Museum is delighted to kick off their lectures season with an illustrated talk by Kieran Cronin who is the Deputy Librarian at W.I.T. libraries. The Christ Church collection will be of immense interest. Its purpose was to cater for the information needs of the Church's congregation and the citizens of Waterford.

Date: Wednesday 17th September 2014
Venue: Town Hall Theatre, Friary Street, Dungarvan
Time: 8 pm.

Admission €5-
As usual our lectures are open to all and we are always delighted to see new faces.

2014 Exhibition of Rory Wyley's Photographs

Appeal for Rory Wyley Photographs

The museum is planning an exhibition of the well known Dungarvan photographer Rory Wyley. If you have any photographs taken by Rory, particularly ones dating from the 1960s and early 1970s, we would love to hear from you. The photographs can be scanned and returned to you. We are looking for a wide variety of subject matter.
Photographs to be handed into the Museum by 15th October.
Photo taken by Rory Wyley 1982

History of Cycling Event a Great Success


On Friday afternoon last, a large number of adults and children attended our History of Cycling event in conjunction with the Séan Kelly tour and the start of the Heritage week. Darren  Moynihan gave a power point presentation on the history of cycling and the bicycle. Helen Moynihan gave a talk about the importance of our Heritage and spoke about the history of women and cycling. The children took part in a quiz, with the winners receiving a Sean Kelly Tour jersey.
Museum President William Fraher spoke about the important place Dungarvan has in the history of cycling in Ireland. The first cycle club in Ireland- "The Dungarvan Ramblers" was formed in Dungarvan in 1869 by Richard Edward Brenan, the Postmaster.  He won the cup for the first cycling challenge race in Ireland in September 1869, which can be seen on display in the Museum along with other cycling memorabilia.
William Fraher then introduced Mr. John O'Brien who spoke about how he acquired the penny farthing bicycle, originally owned by Canon Burkitt of Stradbally, and stated that he was delighted to give the bike on long term loan for display in the Museum.

Mr. John O'Brien & Mr.William Fraher


22nd August 2014 Adult and Children's Event-History of Cycling

Cycling History
To tie in with the Séan Kelly Tour of Waterford and the beginning of Heritage week, the County Museum are organising a special event for children and adults.

Venue: Waterford County Museum, Friary St., Dungarvan
Date: Friday 22nd August
Time: 1.30 pm


Admission free 
Children will have an opportunity to win a cycling jersey.

Darren Moynihan will give a short powerpoint presentation on the history of cycling, Helen Moynihan and William Fraher will talk on cycling in Ireland and in particular on the Dungarvan Rambler's Club- the first cycle club in Ireland. A number of items of cycling memorabilia will be on display including the first cup presented for a challenge cycle race in Ireland dating from 1869 and won by Richard Edward Brenan, postmaster and bookseller of Grattan Square.
There will be a special presentation to the museum by Mr. John O'Brien of a Penny Farthing bicycle dating from the 1890's.




6th Sept. 2014 Tipperary County Museum's Lecture Series

"The Big House in Tipperary"
From Sept. 6th 2014 to July 4th 2015


Tipperary County Museum's lecture series aims to highlight the rich architectural and historic tradition of the County. With diverse topics from the role of women, to furniture and interiors, to the social life of the family, to the life of servants, and the role of landlords, there is something to interest all. The opportunity to access objects and archives from some of the County's Big Houses and to handle replica artifacts adds another dimension to the series. Culminating in a field trip which allows participants to see in reality many of the points discussed in the series.
For further information contact 0761 06 5564 or email julia.walsh@tipperarycoco.ie

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