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Thursday, July 7th Specials in conjunction with the SGC Dungarvan.

St Peter's and the Papal Basilicas of Rome

Venue: SGC Dungarvan

Date: Thursday, July 7

Time: 7 pm

Tickets available for members at the museum for the reduced price of €10.

Throughout the year, we will have specials in conjunction with the SGC Dungarvan. For the month of July, we will have St. Peter's and the Papal Basilicas of Rome.

This is a unique film event on the occasion of the Extraordinary Jubilee proclaimed by Pope Francis. An exclusive visit to the four major basilicas in Rome to discover the hidden treasures of the Eternal City.

Saturday, June 25th Iarnrod Éireann's 1916 Commemoration Programme to remember Joseph Mary Plunkett

Illustration by David Rooney from the book Portraits and lives

Joseph Mary Plunkett Commemoration

As part of Iarnrod Éireann's 1916 Commemoration programme, in partnership with the Royal Irish Academy, there will be a special event to remember Joseph Mary Plunkett, after whom Waterford Station was renamed in 1966.

Venue: Waterford Plunkett Station

Date: Saturday, June 25

Time: 1.15 pm

Light refreshments will be served and all are very welcome.

The event will be addressed by John Cummins, Mayor of Waterford City & County and Donnchadh Ó Ceallacháin, Keeper Medieval Museum and Historian, Waterford.

Monday, June 27th Waterford Chapter of the Irish Georgian Society lecture by William Laffan

Thomas Roberts (1748-1777) and his Patrons: A Tour of Georgian Ireland

Venue: Christ Church, Waterford

Date: Monday, June 27

Time: 7-8.30 pm

Admission €5. Free admission for students.

This lecture, delivered by William Laffan, explores Robert's paintings of some of his most famous landscapes of Georgian Ireland, from Lucan, Slane and Carton to the Casino at Marino and Dawson's Grove. He also painted more humble landscapes of small-town Ireland, of Ballyshannon, Belleek and Belturbet. Patriotism, 'improvement', emulation, exhibiting practices and the aesthetics of the 'Picturesque' are themes that will be explored to illuminate the artistic and social contexts that Roberts reflects and on occasion, shapes.

This lecture will take place in the magnificent interior of Christ Church in Waterford, designed by Robert's father John.

William Laffan is co-author (with Brendan Rooney) of Thomas Roberts, Landscape and Patronage in eighteenth-Century Ireland, published by Churchill House Press (2009).

Specials in conjunction with the SGC

Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius of Milan

Venue: SGC Dungarvan

Date: Thursday, June 16

Time: 7.00 pm

Throughout the year, we will have specials for our members in conjunction with the SGC. For the month of June we have have Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius of Milan.

This was filmed during an extraordinary exhibition dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan in 2015 and led by the greatest experts on his work. We will explore, as never before, the achievement and personality of one of the greatest artists who ever lived.

Tickets will be available to members at the museum  at the reduced price of €10.

1916 Exhibition at Waterford County Museum

1916 Exhibition open

This exhibition is open daily, Monday to Friday, 9-5 pm.

Admission is free.

All are very welcome. Please call in.

European Geopark Network Week at the Copper Coast UNESCO Global Geopark

Events for the European Geopark Network Week

The visitor centre at the Copper Coast Geopark in Bunmahon is now open again for the 2016 season. There are lovely treats available in the café and in the gift shop. There is a great mining exhibition and a lovely photographic exhibition by local photographer Sean Fitzsimons.

There are lots of events lined up including a programme for European Geopark Network Week at the end of May with something to suit everyone from guided walks to literary talks, learning about other geoparks and learning how amateur radio stations operate.

The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group
This group will for the 9th consecutive year take part in the Geoparks Communications weekend which takes place over the weekend of the 28 and 29 May to coincide with European Geopark Network Week. The Radio Group, based in Waterford City, with members from Carlow, Wexford, Kilkenny and Kildare will broadcast from the Tankardstown engine house on the Copper Coast and will make radio contact with other radio groups in various Geoparks around Europe and the world over the weekend. The South East Amateur Radio Group welcomes visitors over the weekend to come along to chat and learn about how an amateur radio operates.

Venue: Tankardstown Engine House on the copper Coast

Date: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May

Words is a monthly event, taking place on the first Wednesday of every month in a different venue in the Copper Coast. This is a place for literature lovers and writers of all kinds to share their work, announcements and ideas, encouraging and supporting creativity. The WORDS event founders include the poet and writer Tom Power, Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand and Róisín Power Hackett, poet and artist. The event began back in July 2013 as a performance based writers group but has evolved since then to become a monthly celebration of literature and creativity.

All are welcome to these monthly meetings.

Contact Sean Corcoran of The Art Hand for further information.

Date: Wednesday, June 1

Time: 7.45 pm

To Book: Text Sean Corcoran at 087 2524657
Contribution €5 includes refreshments. Duration 2-3 hours approx.

Searching for Irelands Earliest People in Dungarvan Valley Caves

Last Saturday, Members of Dungarvan & Lismore, Adopt a Monument Group explored Dungarvan's Ice Age past when they visited the long running Dungarvan Valley Caves Project (supported by the Heritage Council).

The limestone area between Dungarvan and Cappagh valley has over 25 caves including Dungarvan's well known Shandon Caves. The group met Dr. Coilin O'Drisceoil from Kilkenny and his University of Oxford-based colleagues Drs. Richard Jennings and Simon Collcutt who have been digging small trial pits in search of the remains of what might be Ireland's earliest people.

The valley has the potential to be one of the most exciting and important archaeological sites in Ireland. Dr. O'Drisceoil will give a talk about the project later in the year at Waterford County Museum. To date, nobody has been able to find human traces in Ireland older that about 9,000 years old.

What the Dungarvan Caves Project aims to do is to see if people were here during the Old Stone Age or Paleolithic Age. The Dungarvan Valley is the place to look because the area has caves and was part of a green fringe on an otherwise ice-covered Ireland. It is also known that Wooly Mammoths, Wild Horses and Reindeer were available here for hunting. Archaeologists have long been puzzled by the lack of Paleolithic remains in Ireland and many are watching this project with great interest

A 2009 report from the Dungarvan Valley Caves Project was included in Decies: The Journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society. It makes for interesting reading and outlines some of the science behind the Dungarvan Valley Caves Project.

More information about the Heritage Council's Adopt a Monument Programme, including information on the Gallow's Hill, Dungarvan and Roundhill, Lismore elements of the project can be can be found online.

Photos by John Foley Images

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