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"Sweet Memories" Children's Event at Museum

In conjunction with the Festival of Food, Helen Moynihan Education Officer in the museum has put together another popular children's event which will take place in the museum on Saturday April 14 between 12 - 1pm.

The event is free and children are welcome to come along and learn about the history of sweets through the centuries and how they were made by Dungarvan lady Nano Manahan in years gone by.

The Blackwater from Source to Sea Lecture

William Fraher, Eddie Cantwell, Bill Power & Nioclás Ó Griofáin

The Museum Society finished off the lecture series on Wednesdsay March 21 with a very informative talk from Bill Power, author and photographer.  The talk on the river Blackwater traced the source of the river from it beginning in Kerry to Youghal.

The talk was well attended and the group enjoyed Bill's talk, which included some very nice illustrations. Follow us on facebook to view more images from the night

Discovering the Irish Rhine from Source to Sea

Author and Photographer Bill Power

Waterford County Museum are delighted to have engaged author and photographer Bill Power for their March lecture. Bill's lecture is going to be a mixture of photos, people and events associated with the river or villages close to it.  Obivously because the river is in Co.Waterford Bill will concentrate on that aspect of the river and will give a slightly heavier emphasis on that end of it.

Bill has been working on his "Blackwater" book for some time, and had hoped to travel the river in early Spring by boat and plane. Due to  high waters and illness on part of his boatman and lack of aircraft these trips have yet to take place.  This was a very important part of Bill's research and has of course delayed the publication of his book.  Being an excellent photographer of wild life we are sure to see some of his excellant shots of various species of wild life that dwell along the river.

Bill is a writer, author, historian and a seriously enthusiastic amateur photographer, he has been taking photographs since around 1981. As a history writer Bill likes the solitude that comes with researching and writing books (12 to date), his photography complements this.  His current book project "The Blackwater" will be and exploration of the history and heritage of the river which he fully explored by foot, car and boat.

Bill's lecture will take place at the Town Hall Theatre, Friary St, Dungarvan on March 21 at 8.pm. All are welcome to attend and the entry fee is €5.

Successful PhotographicTable Quiz Fundraiser

"Team Mine Head" winners of quiz receiving their Prize from Nioclás Ó Griofáin Museum President.

On Thursday night March 1 the museum held their first photographic table quiz to raise funds for the museum. The quiz consisted of 150 images of people places and businesses in Dungarvan and local areas over the years.

The quiz was well attended and the results were very goods with all teams scoring goods points in each round. Prizes were given for the top three teams with the winners being the Mine Head team which was made up of the McGarry family and friends.
Local artist and museum employee Tony Hayes donated one of his painting which was one of the prizes raffled during the interval.

A big thanks goes to Eddie Cantwell event organiser and Tony Hayes for his beautiful art work, the Park Hotel for the use of their room and to the committe members and staff who helped on the night.  To view images of the event visit us on facebook.com

Historic Republican Cheque Purchased by Museum

The museum recently purchased a cheque at auction which was written by local man Dan Fraher, Dungarvan for the amount of £99 and made payable to Cathal Brugha.  Dated the 4/1/1920 the cheque was probably for the Dáil Loan Fund.

Signed on the reverse by Michael Collins, Cathal Brugha, D. O' Donnachada and the bank manager.  The museum were very fortunate to be able to purchase this historic cheque which was made possible from the recently set up purchase fund.

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