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Donation of Model Ship

Last Friday 25th January,Waterford County Museum were delighted to welcome Mr. Donal Moloney and his family to the Museum. The Moloney family were important 19th century merchants in Dungarvan with a large corn store on Davitt's Quay and a shop on the Main Street.

The family had many ships including The Lady Belle, Harvey, Peri and the Catherine Ellen. Donal presented a model of the ship Harvey on long term loan to the Museum which will be on display as part of our special maritime exhibition in early May.

Mr. William Fraher, Mr.Kieran Moloney & Mr. Donal Moloney

Minister's Visit to Waterford County Museum

Last Friday, January 18th, we had a visit from Minister Joan Burton. The Minister met the Fas staff and was very interested in the work they are involved in. The Curator of the museum, William Fraher gave her a tour of the highlights in the collection.

Minister Burton said she was most impressed with the professionalism of the presentation and commented on the fascinating number of people associated with this area and west Waterford, including Ernest Walton, Sarah Purser, Arland Ussher, Robert Boyle and so on.

The Minister also met the Museum President, Páraig Ó Cuirrín and John Walsh, Chairman of the Fas sponsor committee.

The Minister commented on her museum visit on RTE radio, and described it "as one of the best small museums in Ireland".

Minister Joan Burton & Mr William Fraher
viewing the new Dungarvan Guide Book
Minister Joan Burton, Ciara Conway TD,
William Fraher & Cllr. Ger Barron
Minister Joan Burton, Ciara Conway T.D.
Phil Prendergast M.E.P

Waterford County Museum - The Gathering

Waterford County Museum would like to wish all our members and friends  a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

The Gathering  2013

On Wednesday 16th January 2013 in conjunction with the Gathering, William Fraher will give an illustrated talk titled "An Emigrant's Tale" by Patrick McGrath 1812-1894.

Patrick McGrath

Patrick McGrath was a stonemason who was born in Youghal and later set up his business in Dungarvan. He emigrated with his family from Dungarvan to Saint John, New Brunswick  in 1847 during the Famine. The family prospered and eventually settled in Quincy, Massachusetts. One of the children, Mary Elizabeth marrried Doctor Blake. She became a well known writer/poet in the Boston area.

To hear this fascinated story in full, come along to the Dungarvan Town Hall Theatre on Wednesday 16th January at 8pm. Entry Fee €5.

All are welcome

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