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Donation Of Notice By Dungarvan Artisans Association 1888

We recently received a donation of a rare printed notice headed Irish Manufacture. The notice was issued by the Dungarvan Artisans Association who had held a meeting in the Town Hall in August 1888. Edmond O'Shea was President of the society, John Butler, Vice President; R. Edward Brennan, Treasurer; and Edmond Foley was Hon. Secretary. The notice was aimed at the shopkeepers of Dungarvan.

"We the undersigned Tradesmen of this town, on behalf of ourselves and our brother artisans, wish to lay the following statement before you".

For many years past we have noticed a great falling off...in the sale of goods of local manufacture, especially in boots, shoes, clothing, nails and butter casks, while similar articles of foreign manufacture, and admittedly of inferior quality, have been extensively used.  The result has been, to many of us, semi-starvation, destitution, and periodically the workhouse. We regret to learn that a solitary firm of Waterford Butter merchants are still importing Danish casks, and that they have established an agency in the town, and are thus depriving our  coopers of their legitimate means of living.

The poor nailors of the town have also suffered much during the past winter ... but now, thanks to the patriotic action of the other trades (carpenters, bootmakers, shipwrights)...their condition is improving.

The notice was issued by the following tradesmen:-
Thomas Ryan (Bakers); Michael Moloney (Carpenters); Edmund Foley ( Cattle Dealers); John Butler (Building Trade); Michael Cashman (Coopers); Michael Street (Nailers); Michael Mulcahy (Mariners); James Merry (Typographical); John Carbery (Rope Makers); Willian Daly, William Cronin (Shoemakers); John Cowman (Painters); Edmond Foley (Tailors); Bernard Moloney (Saddlers); John Sarsfield (Shipwrights); J. Rossiter (Tobacco Spinners); Thomas Hore (Smiths); Patrick Sexton (Weavers).

Visit From Portlaw Heritage Centre Group

The museum committee were delighted to get a visit from 5 members of Portlaw Heritage Centre last Wednesday night (10th February). It was great to meet such dedicated individuals working to preserve the history of their locality. The meeting arose as a result of an initiative to get the various groups involved in historical research in Co. Waterford working together. While this initiative is still in the very early stages, based on our meeting last week, I am reasonably certain that good things will come from it in time.

In a nutshell the plan is that groups should share skills, knowledge, exhibitions and materials. It is hoped that each group would also assist in promoting the work, lectures and exhibitions of other groups in their locality. Hopefully in the coming months we will see this partnership with Portlaw come to fruition and other groups around County Waterford may get involved.

Anyone looking for more information on this initiative can contact william@deisedesign.ie

The Country Cooking Of Ireland By Colman Andrews

Eddie Dee & John Moore At Coolnagour Dairy

This lavishly produced Cookery book, published by Chronicle Books San Francisco, has two photographs from the Waterford County Museum image archive. The Coolnagour Dairy in O'Connell including Eddie Dee and John Moore. The other photo is of Liam Morrissey's butcher shop, O'Connell Street - featuring the Morrissey family and lots of meat carcasses hanging on the outside of the shop! The book is available to buy from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

Our image archive has become popular with  publishers, researchers, film makers at home and abroad as a source for historic images.

Visit From 3rd Class, St. Mary's National School, Dungarvan

St. Mary's 3rd Class

On Monday morning bright and early we had a visit from the girls from 3rd Class St. Mary's National School, Dungarvan, with their teachers Ms. Veale and Ms. Harty. They were doing research on the Famine and so came along to see our display. For a lot of the children this was their first visit to the Museum and they thoroughly enjoyed their visit. Our Education Officer, Tony, was on hand with some pictures for the children to colour. The handling objects and the display of toys were also a big hit.

Community Service Awards 2009

The Service To Community Awards are given each year to people who give their services to their Community. This year one of our Founding Members and present Committee Member Mr.Jim Shine was the recipient of one of these awards.
Jim received his award for his years of  work with the 4th Waterford Scout Troop and for the overseeing and development of the scout camp site at Glenshelane.  We congratulate Jim on this well deserved award.

Waterford Museum On TV

Just a brief note to let everyone know that the museum appeared on RTE television last night. The piece was for the Nationwide programme and it features interviews with three museum society members about the train service between Waterford City and Mallow.

Donal Walsh, a founder member of the museum society filmed the last journey of the train on the line in 1967. This film forms the basis for the feature. Museum Curator Willie Fraher and museum member (and web designer) Martin Whelan were also interviewed. There are a few nice film clips showing the interior of the museum which we have worked so hard to renovate over the past year.

The clip can be viewed at http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0201/nationwide.html

Click on the Waterford-Mallow link. Hope you enjoy the footage.

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