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National Drawing Day

 The Group Working On Their Display

The National Drawing Day held on Saturday May 22nd was a great success here in the museum.  The event  took place between 11.am and 1.pm. The theme for the day was "The Sea" and the children were busy under the watchful eye of Darren Moynihan and Tony Hayes.  Some lovely drawings and paintings of sea life were produced by the children and all these were transfered to a large background sheet, which now hangs in the museum hallway for all to see.

The day was organised by Helen Moynihan, educational co-ordinator and we would like to thank all committee members, staff,and the boys from the Christian Brother's school  that helped to make the day a success.

National Drawing Day At Museum

Saturday 22nd May is designated National Drawing Day.  This is an initiative of the National Gallery of Ireland and this year over 45 galleries and museums are taking part. We have picked the maritime history of Dungarvan as our theme.
Children will be invited to produce a single artwork under the guidance of our staff museum.  The event takes place from 11.am to 1.pm. All materials will be provided.

Review Our Museum On Tripadvisor

I have recently listed the museum on Tripadvisor. You can find the Waterford County Museum section of Tripadvisor at http://bit.ly/ahLtQ0 As most of you are aware Tripadvisor is a web site that allows holiday makers to review accommodation, restaurants or attractions they have visited. If anyone has visited the museum since we revamped it 12 months ago we would be very grateful if you would review us. It would also be great for us to see what we are getting right (and wrong).

Museum Wins South East Heritage & Cultural Award

 Nioclás ó Griofáin President Of The Museum Receiving The Award From Dungarvan Deputy Mayor Mícheal Cosgrve

The South East Heritage & Cultural Awards are now in their second year of operation. The awards are sponsored by the Munster Express and Dooley's Hotel, and seek to recognise and reward groups and individuals across the South East of Ireland who promote the Regions Heritage Craft and Culture. There are 4 Awards annually comprising of 4 categories, complete with an overall award.

Waterford County Museum were delighted to be awarded the Heritage Group  Award for the first quarter of 2010. A large group from our committee travelled to the ceremony. Nioclás ó Griofáin accepted the award on behalf of Waterford County Museum. Dermot Keyes from the Munster Express then conducted a wide ranging interview with Willie Whelan on the work of Waterford County Museum. After that it was time for photographs followed by a very nice buffet and wine reception courtesy of Dooley's hotel.

The event is due to be covered in the next edition of the Munster Express published on the 19th May 2010.

Our thanks to Dooleys Hotel and The Munster Express for the recognition. Thanks are also due to Dungarvan Town Council (represented at the cermemony by Deputy Town Mayor Micheál Cosgrave, Town Manager Dennis McCarthy, Waterford County Librarian Jean Webster and County Heritage Officer Bernadette Guest), Waterford Leader Partnership, FÁS, and our dedicated staff who put so much effort into making the museum what it is.

Finally we would like to thank the Waterford County Museum 'audience' at home, abroad and online for their advice, support and occasional constructive criticism.

The Museum Committee Members At The Award Ceremony

1906 GAA County Championship Medal For Hurling Donated

1906 GAA County Championship Medal For Hurling

We were delighted to receive a recent donation to add to our sporting display.  It is a County Championship final medal for hurling between Ballyduff Lower and Clonea.  It is inscribed: Cumann Luth Chleas Gael, Mick Foley - 1906 and has the makers mark of "Heine Waterford".

Mick's parents were John Foley and Mary Cunningham. John was a journeyman stonemason, originally from Ardmore.  He was based at Ballynageragh, Dunhill. He met Mary Cunningham at her home in Boulattin and they were married in Kilrossanty Church in 1876.  Mick became an apprentice carpenter, when he finished his work in the evening he would strap his hurley to his back and swim across the river Suir to play a match at Luffany, Mooncoin.

In 1915 Mick married Mary O'Brien of Lismore and they settled at Knockrower, Stradbally.

The medal was presented to the museum by Mick's son Tom Foley. Our thanks to Tom for this most generous donation.

Presentation Of County Waterford Community & Voluntary Award

 Oliver Coffey Presenting The Award To Helen Moynihan With Members Of The Committee

The committee of Waterford County Museum were recently presented with their award for the Heritage and Environment section for the 2009 County Waterford Community & Voluntary Awards.  The award was accepted by Helen Moynihan Vice Chairperson from Oliver Coffey, Chairperson of County Community Forum. This annual award is presented to voluntary groups in the County for their valuable contribution to the community. The museum was delighted to accept this award to add to their collection.

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