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The committee and staff of the museum were very sad to hear of the recent passing of John Young and we would like to extend our condolences to his family.  John made a notable contribution to preserving Dungarvan’s history with his publication “A Maritime and General History of Dungarvan 1690 – 1978”.  In later years John was best known as a tour guide.  He guided many groups around the town and imparted both his knowledge and love for the locality to them. For many visitors John’s tour was the highlight of their holiday.

Ar dheis Dé to raibh a anam.

Stories from Old Newspapers


Sceulta Micil An Rinn

All who have been to Ring Irish College have pleasant memories of the daily lesson that consisted of the telling of his life’s adventures at home and abroad by Micil O Muirgheasa, the college Seanchaí. These stories were written on the blackboard by one of the professors and copied into their notebooks by students. Many an earnest student had found material for a writer’s study of Irish the notebooks containing Micil’s stories. The wish was often expressed that some person would collect these stories and have them published in book form before Michil, who is now 73 years old, would pass away.

The task was taken up by ‘An Fear Mór’ [Seamas Ó hEochadha] of Ring College and this week we got the fruits of his labour in a handsome book published by the Educational Company of Ireland, containing twelve of Micil’s stories, and adorned with two striking photographs of Michil, one on the outer cover representing him in repose, and another as a frontispiece in which he was snapped relating on of his stories with a characteristic gesture and striking facial expression. That the twelve stories in the book are word for word as they came from Micil’s lips is all that need be said by way of recommending them as Irish of the first water. A striking feature of the language in the stories is its simplicity – a feature of all language spoken naturally and spontaneously in Irish is an interesting and helpful feature of the book. It runs to 75 pages and costs only 1/6.

Stories from Old Newspapers

 Dr Vincent A. Fitzsimon – Link with Lismore of the Past

Waterford News 13 July 1923

American exchanges chronicle the death of Dr Vincent A. Fitzsimon, of Lonsdale, Rhode Island, which had been for close on 40 years a successful medical practitioner in that town. Old-time residents of Lismore will remember the famous Academy conducted for many years by Prof. Andrew Fitzsimon, and, after his death, from 1863 to 1869, by his son and daughter, Vincent and Lizzie, among whose pupils were the present Governor General of the Irish Free-State, [Tim Healy], Miss Julia Crotty [author], Mr. Maurice Healy, ex M.P., Mr. Thomas C Walsh [poet], and other notables.

Born in Lismore in 1839, Dr Vincent was assistant to his father from 1859 to 1863, and then took over the school till 1869 when he decided to go to America. Having matriculated at Dublin University in 1868, he left his native town the following year, and within five years graduated M.D. at Bellevue Medical Hospital, New York. For 10 years he practiced at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland, and settled in Lonsdale. Although pursuing a strenuous career he found time to write two learned works, ‘The Christ of Promise’ and ‘The Gods of Old’.

He married Miss Kate O’Grady of Lismore and had five children. The sons were Tom, Vincent and James, the two former being university professors, and the third a popular priest, Father James A. Fitzsimon, Rector of St. Brigid’s Church, Thornton, Rhode Island. Vigorous to the last, Dr Fitzsimon bore the weight of his 84 years lightly, and he died after a brief illness at the residence of his son Tom, in Providence…A solemn Requiem mass for the repose of his soul was celebrated in St Paul’s Church, Providence. Over 20 priests were in the choir, and at the conclusion the remains were borne to St Joseph’s Cemetery, Ashton, where also lie his mother, his sister, and his eldest brother, Father James A. Fitzsimon. Dr Fitzsimon was an uncle of Chevalier Grattan Flood, Mus.D. (Enniscorthy), and of Professor Frank Flood of Roxburg, Mass.


New panels in the Museum

Our new panels are now in place in the art and photography sections.  We hope to further replace other existing panels with this new design.

Final Gallowshill Dig


The final Gallowshill dig took place between 27th August and 2nd September.  We are waiting to hear the results of any findings of interest.  Well done to Chrissy, Eddie and all the volunteers for the hard work on this project over the last few years.

Waterford County Museum would like to thank the Royal Irish Academy for their financial assistance.  Thanks also to the Heritage Council for their grant aid towards our new Gallowshill/Archaeology display in the museum.

Visits to Waterford County Museum

Jack Sheehan - a recent visitor to the museum

We always welcome visits from school groups to the museum.  Now that schools are reopened we are available from Monday to Friday 10.15 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.  If you would like to arrange for a group to visit the museum contact us on (058) 45960 or by email at: info@waterfordmuseum.ie

Stories from Old Newspapers

 First Hunt Ball at Curraghmore House

Waterford Standard, 14 January 1939

Curraghmore House was the delightful venue for the Waterford Hunt Ball on Wednesday night. This was the first Hunt Ball ever held in the famous mansion, and everyone present hoped it would not be the last!

The beauty and comfort of the surroundings, the joyful rhythm of Major Watts’ United Hunt Band, and the excellence of the food and wines, all combined to make the night one of uninterrupted gaiety.  There was a revival of an old-time custom, too.  It is years and years since I remember dance programmes being issued.  At Curraghmore the guests were given the dainty programmes with pencils attached, and they were able to book their partners in the real old-fashioned style.  Dancing was in the beautiful dining room, and an idea of its size may be gleaned from the fact that there were upwards of 100 couples present.

The supper was worthy of Lucullus.  In the elaborate menu, oysters were a particular favourite.  It only remains for me to apportion praise for the success to the Marchioness of Waterford for kindly placing Curraghmore House at the disposal of the committee, thereby causing a mighty upheaval in the stately home of the Beresfords, the warmest thanks are due.  Next, I must refer to Mrs Crosbie, the Hon. Secretary, hearty congratulations on the splendid way the whole dance was organized.  She has the happy knack of seeing every detail carefully arranged.  And finally, the ladies who assisted Mrs Crosbie deserve special mention: Lady Waterford, Mrs Odlum, Mrs Russell, Mrs Hudson, Mrs J.H. de Bromhead, Mrs Dempster, Mrs Hall, Healy and Miss Garraway.

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