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Cumann na mBan Exhibition

The Museum plan to organise an exhibition that accurately reflects the role Waterford women played in gaining an independent Ireland.

Many stories are written and indeed continue to be written about the freedom fighters that fought for Irish independence and a Free State. But, what of the women who also risked their lives for this cause. Much has also been written of the Waterford men directly involved in the War of Independence and Civil War but the stories of the local women have largely remained untold.

The women locally were involved with carrying messages, hiding arms, tending the sick and wounded, and providing safe houses, acting as look out, organising fundraisers and many more duties. A witness statement by P.J. Paul, Officer commanding the East Waterford Brigade, 1919-1921, pay tribute to the valuable services provided by local women as individuals throughout the City and County (Bureau of Military History).

The Women's League "Cumann na mBan" an auxiliary force was founded in Dublin on the 2nd April 1914, due to the exclusion of women from the newly formed Volunteers.

We are looking for the individual stories of those involved. If you can help us with our research, stories, documents, photos etc. please contact Waterford County Museum, Friary St, Dungarvan
by email or phone 058 45960

Photo above of  Mary Ormonde, Dungarvan (standing 3rd left) was a member of Cumann na mBan c1920

New Book on Waterford's Geological Heritage

Corries Caves and Coast
Corries Caves and Coast - The Geological Heritage of Co Waterford, was launched recently at the Copper Coast Centre by the Chief of the Heritage Council, Michael Starrett. The book received  support from the Heritage Council and the Geological Survey of Ireland.

The book is written by Matthew Parkes, Robert Meehan and Sophie Préteseille, and includes details of caves, slate quarries, mines and coastal features of Co Waterford

The book is beautifully designed and is full of wonderful colour photographs. It is available From the Civic Offices, Dungarvan and the Copper Coast Centre www.coppercoastgeopark.com  at the cost of €10.

New Book on Lismore

"But for Ireland, I'd Not Tell Her Name"

This book is written and illustrated by Gerard Taylor. The title is based on the traditional Irish air Ar Éireann Ni Neosfainn Cé Hi. The author's great uncle Joe Collins lived in Botany in Lismore and worked as a baker. During the War of Independence he joined with the local republicans. He climbed up a ladder with two cans of petrol and set fire to the courthouse in Lismore, suffered burns but escaped capture.

The book  tells the story of the family in Lismore and is part fact and part fiction and is illustrated with colour illustrations by the author.

For further information on ordering a copy contact the author at gezmurals@yahoo.co.uk

Children's Christmas Workshop

Children you are invited to make a Christmas card with Waterford festive scenes from days gone by. Learn how to make your own NIK-NOK toy as children did long ago.

Venue: Museum, Friary St.

Date: Saturday 14th December

Time: 12-1 pm

Admission Free

All children very welcome

Walking History of St Joseph's Hospital

Repeat showing of the film titled "Walking History of St. Joseph's Hospital"

Date: Saturday 7th December 2013

Venue: S.G.C. Cinema, Dungarvan

Time: 11.30 am

Tickets €5- Available at the door

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