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Friday, 1 April - Sunday, 3 April. Roscrea Spring Conference

The 58th Consecutive Conference

Mount St.Joseph Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary
Theme: From Rahan to Lismore, via Ros Cré - Mochuda's Expulsion or Triumphant Retreat?

Venue: Mount St. Joseph Cistercian Abbey, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary

Date: Friday, 1 April - Sunday, 3 April

Booking is essential. 
Fr. Kevin Daly 0505 25600 or guesthouse@msjroscrea.ie or www.msjroscrea.ie

The conference organiser and director is George Cunningham - georgecunningham@eircom.net

Tuesday, March 1st Dungarvan Launch of 1916 Commemorative Music by VoiceOver Ladies Choir and Finbarr Keohan

As part of the cultural expression of the Waterford Centenary Programme, VoiceOver Ladies Choir, Dungarvan have partnered with well known local musician Finbarr Keohan to bring to prominence two 1916 poems namely; "I see His blood upon the Rose" by Joseph Mary Plunkett and the "The Wayfarer" by Padraig Pearse.

A brief launch of this unique music will be held in St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Dungarvan.

Venue: St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Dungarvan

Date: Tuesday, 1st March

Time: 7.30pm
All are very welcome to attend with light refreshments afterwards.

In 1916, these poems captured the essence of the personal sacrifices made at that time. In putting them to music one hundred years later, Finbarr has ensured that their poignant lines become all the more real. The evocative music married with the words of the poems bring them to life and thus lends itself to broaden and deepen our understanding of the historical significance of 1916.

Friday, Feb 5 Presentation of 'Island Queen' painting by Maritime Artist Brian Cleare to Waterford County Museum

Waterford County Museum were delighted to receive a beautiful painting of the 'Island Queen' by well known Maritime artist, Brian Cleare.

The presentation of the painting was made by Andrew Kelly to Brian O'Donnell of Waterford County Museum.

Interestingly, the ships wheel on display is also off the 'Island Queen'. The schooner was commissioned by Timothy Curran and built in 1862 by Albert White, Ferrybank, Waterford. It was captained by Richard Curran.

A beautiful piece to have on display in the museum.

Wednesday, Feb 3 Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Project/Exhibition Opening

Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Project/Exhibition Opening

We were delighted to have the opening of this exhibition on Wednesday, February 3 after a lot of hard work and effort.

We were thrilled to have Bernadette Guest, County Heritage Officer here with us to perform the opening and we would like to thank her for her knowledge and participation.

Thanks to all those who took part in the project from start to finish. The finished product from all your labour is well worth a visit.

Thanks to all those who came
along on the night. Your participation and support is greatly appreciated.
Feel free to call in and see this inspiring exhibition.

Saturday, Feb 6 and Sunday, Feb 7 : 1916 Exhibition by Cumann Staire and Oidhreacht Ghaeltacht na nDéise

1916 Exhibition

Cumann Staire and Oidhreacht Ghaeltacht na nDéise proudly present a 1916 Exhibition in Halla
Naomh Colmáin, Old Parish.

Venue: Halla Naomh Colmáin, Old Parish

Date: Saturday, Feb 6 and Sunday, Feb 7

Time: Saturday 7-9 and Sunday 10.30 am - 1 pm

All are very Welcome.

Wednesday, Feb 17 Frank Hugh O'Donnell. An illustrated talk by Muiris O'Keeffe

Frank Hugh O'Donnell, The Member For Dungarvan

Muiris O'Keeffe
Waterford County Museum in conjunction with Dungarvan Library are delighted to announce this very interesting talk by one of their own, Muiris O'Keeffe.

Venue: Dungarvan Library

Date: Wednesday, Feb 17

Time: 8 pm

All are very welcome. This is certainly a talk not to be missed. It will be delivered no doubt, with Muiris's particular flair and wit, accompanied with photos, cartoons and other visual material from the period.

Frank Hugh O'Donnell was the last member of Parliament to represent Dungarvan Borough at Westminster (1877-1885). Though little-known today, O'Donnell was one of the leading lights in the Home Rule movement, initially established by Isaac Butt in 1873 and in its successor, the Irish Parliamentary Party under the leadership of Charles Stewart Parnell.

Muiris O'Keeffe is a member of the Museum Society. Born in Dungarvan, he worked as an engineer in various local authorities until his retirement and returned to Dungarvan in 2007. His play, "Days of our Youth", depicting historical events in West Waterford during the War of Independence was staged to great acclaim by Dungarvan Dramatic Club in 2012 and he has since completed another script, as yet unperformed. It was while researching for a separate project on Parnell that Muiris first came across Frank Hugh O'Donnell, who played a minor but important role in the early stages of what came to be known as the Pigott forgery trial. Intrigued by the Dungarvan connection, he set to work and this talk is the end result.

Look forward to seeing you there.

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