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Tea, Tales and Tombstones
The Charity Vintage Tea Rooms St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, Dungarvan hosts a History and Tea day in aid of  Dungarvan Museum & the Churchyard repair fund on Saturday 28th July 13.  A team of history experts will be there for you to quiz on the day and Eddie Cantwell will speak about the graveyard and point out interesting tombstones.  A ‘who do you think you are?’ expert Genealogist will also be on hand  to help you find your family roots at no cost.  
An exhibition of local photos will be on display. Old fashioned tea, dainty sandwiches and homemade cakes will be served in this lovely setting by a 1940’s maid. Outside tables available. 2p.m -  5p.m . FACEBOOK: Charity Vintage Tea Rooms


Trip Advisor Award for Museum

We are delighted to announce that the Museum has been awarded a Five Star Certificate of Excellence for 2013 by Trip Advisor.

The award is presented in recognition of consistently positive reviews by visitors

Australian Visitors to Museum

Mr Peter Graves Rasmussen and his wife Kirsten, visited the museum recently to see the War of Independence Medals of his distant relative.

Peter Graves Rasmussen viewing the 1916 Medals
of his relative Seán Graves, Helvick

Upcoming Events Afternoon Tea in Aid of Museum and St. Declan's Way Pilgrimage Walk

Afternoon Tea at the Charity Vintage Tea Rooms in aid of the Museum.

Where: St. Mary's Church of Ireland
When: Saturday 27th July 2-5pm.

If there are any bakers who would like to bake or donate a cake for the fund raiser, the Museum would be very grateful. Contact us at 058-45960

Hope to see as many members, family and friends as possible for a cuppa and a chat on the day.

St. Declan's Way Pilgrimage Walk -Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th July 2013
As part of the Gathering 2013, Knockmealdown Active are organizing a full length walk of St. Declan's way from Cashel to Ardmore.
Day 1: Begin at the Rock of Cashel (Feast of St Declan), travelling south to Cahir
Day 2: Journey on to Ardfinnan
Day 3: Ascending the Knockmealdowns to reach Lismore
Day 4: Travel along the Blackwater and enjoy the Waterford countryside
Day 5: Final leg of the journey into the seaside village of Ardmore, site of St. Declan's Monastery and grave.
Cost is €20 per person per day to a maximum of €70 for the entire walk. Cost covers transport, guides and refreshments at the end of each day.


Walking Tour of Dungarvan

On Tuesday last a group from The Focolare Movement visited the Museum while on a guided walking tour of the town led by Willie Whelan.

The Focolare Movement was in Dungarvan for a conference being held at St. Augustine's College.

If you or your friends are interested in a tour of the town or the museum
please feel free to contact us at 058-45960 or by E-mail.
Schools and Clubs are Welcome
Visit to Museum is Free

Anyone interested in a tour of the town or the museum
please feel free to contact us

Donation of 19th Century Prints to Museum

We were delighted to receive a donation of 19th century prints from Patricia Harty-James.

Prints of Master McGrath and Daniel O'Connell are being donated in memory of her father.

Master McGrath,
Born in 1868 at Colligan Lodge, Co Waterford. 
Won the Waterloo Cup on three occasions
Died 1873

Stradbally na Deise 11 Book Launch

Where: Stradbally Girls School

When: 6th July at 12.00 Noon

All are welcome

Contact Tom Hickey 051 293219 or Brian Corry 051 293356

Robert Boyle Summer School Conference

The second annual Robert Boyle Summer School will take place in the great scientist's birthplace, Lismore.

The subjects of this year's conference include Valentine Greatrakes, the 17th century healer from Affane, known as "The Stroker". whose powers as a faith healer caused a sensation in Restoration Britain, the speaker Peter Elmer had just publishes a book on Greatrakes.

Dr. Bill Eaton of Georgia Southern University and Dr. Anna Maria Roos of the University of Lincoln will speak on Robert Boyle. Further programme details are available on www.robertboyle.ie

Tickets can be booked by calling Elenor at the Lismore Heritage Centre (058-54975)

When: 4th-7th July

Where: Lismore Heritage Centre

New Book on Valentine Greatrakes
Peter Elmer has just published a biography of the celebrated 17th century healer Valentine Greatrakes (1629-1660) titled - The Miraculous Conformist - Valentine Greatrakes, the Body Politic, and the Politics of Healing in Restoration Britain.
Greatrakes' grandfather, William, settled in Ireland during the Munster Plantation in the 1580's. In the early 1600's the family leased the Norrisland estate at Affane from Richard Boyle, Earl of Cork. Valentine was born at Norrisland house on 14th February 1629. In 1662 he claimed to have acquired the gift of healing and tried curing some of his neighbours with much success. His fame spread and many came to be cured from Ireland and England. He was invited to England where he caused a sensation, meeting some of the most noted figures of the period.
Based on extensive research the book tells of one man's engagement with, and response to, some of the most important events of that time, including the Irish Rebellion 1641, English Civil Wars, the Cromwellian conquest  of Ireland and the Restoration on 1660. It is a fascinating insight into the religious and political thinking of the period. In west Waterford the landowners, the family networks  and the extensive links with Devon are all covered in detail.


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