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Object of the Week - 19th Century Monstrance Made of Wood and Brass

Monstrance Which Belonged to Fr. Kiely
This monstrance was made for the Rev. J.M. Kiely of Brooklyn, New York.  The Rev. John Kiely was born in Dungarvan in 1847.

He was a graduate of Mount Melleray.  He was the youngest priest ever ordained for the diocese of Brooklyn at 22.   He was ordained on 24th June 1869 at All Hallows.  Soon after he was placed in charge of St. Mary's Church, Brooklyn.

In 1881 he took over the parish of The Transfiguration in the eastern district, where he oversaw the construction of a new church in 1892.

He had four brothers, Rev. Joseph of Chicago, Philip based in Australia, Maurice of Dungarvan and Edmund of Waterbury Conn.

Rev. Kiely died in August 1899.

Fr. J.M. Kiely

Video of Artwork by Artist Anthony Hayes of the Gallows Hill Archaeological Project June 2017

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Our thanks to the popular and talented local artist Anthony Hayes for these lovely drawings of the archaeological dig at Gallows Hill in June 2017 titled 'Place & Practice Drawing Documentary Project'.

Summer 2017 - New Museum Display Presentation

We are currently reorganising our entire museum layout.  A series of new display walls will enable us to present our collection in an improved manner and also allow us to display material from our reserve collection which has not been on display previously.

Please be patient with us if you are visiting the museum, we feel it will be worthwhile when completed and will result in a more satisfying visitor experience.


Object of the Week - A Superior Eight Day Clock Made By New Haven Clock Company, Anglo American Clock, Late 19th Century

Chauncey Jerome (1793-1868) was an American clockmaker.  In 1850 he joined with Benedict & Burnham and in 1853 they traded under a new name: New Haven Clock Co.

In 1855 he became bankrupt losing his fortune.  He died penniless in 1868.  The New Haven Clock Co. finally closed in 1960.

Museum Member's Trip to Ardo House, Ardmore, 9th July 2017

On Sunday 9th July 2017 there was a Museum Member's day trip to Ardo House in Ardmore, led by Liam Suipéal.

Ardo House has a very interesting history and Liam gave a wonderful talk which brought the history of the house alive for the group.  The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all.

Our thanks to Liam Suipéal, and to Eddie Cantwell and all involved in organising this memorable trip.





July 2017 Visitors from Canada with Connection to Artefact in Museum

Eoin McGarry, Carla Quattrociocchi, Rosario Sacco
We recently had a visit from Carla Quattrociocchi and her husband Rosario Sacco from Canada. They had heard that well known local diver Eoin McGarry found a propeller from the Italian ship Piemonte that sank while sailing from Naples to New York in 1911. Carla's great grandfather was on board the ship.

Eoin took time out from work to come up to the Museum and talk to them about his findings, and the visit was enjoyed by all.

We have had many visitors from all over the world recently with visitors coming from various European countries and as far away as Malawi and Arizona.


18th July 2017 Special Event in SGC Dungarvan - 'Vincent van Gogh, A New Way of Seeing'

At the SGC Cinema in Dungarvan on 18th July 2017 there will be a filmmakers tour filmed in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, titled 'Vincent van Gogh - A New Way of Seeing'.

The show will be introduced and opened by local artist Sinéad Hehir, and will feature an in-house question and answer session with the award winning director/producer Phil Grabsky.

In the film Phil Grabsky paints a vivid picture of Vincent van Gogh, framing each shot of each piece that fully immerses the viewer in the artist's style and brush strokes.  With great detail of the behind the scenes work that is involved in creating the perfect exhibition, from the colour of paint used on the walls, to how the decision is made as to where each painting hangs and why the order of how this is done is so important.

Sinéad Hehir is a Dungarvan artist renowned for her paintings of local landscapes.  Sinéad also teaches art, craft and design in Newtown School and she graduated from CIT Crawford College of Art and Design in Cork with a BA Honours Degree in fine art in 2009, garnering the CIT and OPW Purchase Prize Awards respectively, and completed her Higher Diploma with First Class Honours in 2010 gaining the Marshall Hutson award for Best Art Education Student, achieving the highest result in the year, and also Student of the Year by CIT.  Sinéad's inspiration for her work comes from locations in Waterford and surrounding areas and she uses paint in an exciting and colourful way.

An outstanding, award winning young artist, Sinéad Hehir's work already forms part of some important private and corporate collections.

Enjoying complete and unprecedented access to the treasures of Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, this is a fresh new film about one of the world's favourite artists, marking both a major re-hanging of the gallery's collection and a celebration of the 125th anniversary of Vincent van Gogh's death.

Experience the wonder of seeing these masterpieces on the big screen while specially invited guests, including world renowned curators and art historians offer their interpretations and explanations of his work.

Venue:         SGC Cinema, Dungarvan

Date:            18th July 2017

Time:            7pm

Admission:  Tickets available from Waterford County Museum at the reduced rate of €10

Object of the Week - 'Torpedo Bottle' stamped 'Cantrell & Cochrane', Late 19th Century

The company was founded by Thomas Joseph Cantrell (1827-1909) who was born in Dublin.  He moved to Belfast were he worked at a chemists.  He established his own business with James Dyas manufacturing mineral waters, ginger ale, lemonade etc.

In 1868 he merged with Henry Cochrane (1836-1904) and founded Cantrell & Cochrane.  By the 1880s they were described as the largest soft drinks manufacturer in the world.

The round bottomed bottles were made from 1869 until the early 1900s.  Because the bottle lay on its side the cork stayed moist and didn't dry out.

Ginger ale, seltzer water, and medicated aerated water were sold in this type of bottle.

Object of the Week - Wooden Grain Shovel from Moloney's Stores, Dungarvan, Early 20th Century

Abigail Moloney & Sons were based on Main Street and at Davitt's Quay.  The shop and bakery were situated where Dan McCarthy is now based.  The grain and coal store was on the site of the library.  Edmond Keohan described the business in 1924:

'Messrs Moloney, corn mills, turn out a lot of material. The mill premises adjoin the quay are provided with excellent and up-to-date machinery.  A large number of hands are constantly employed.  The firm are owners of the steamer 'Lady Belle', which during the strike was kept busily going to and from different parts...the firm also conducts large bakery business, and sends vans and motor lorries far into the country districts'.


Sunday 16th July – Curraghmore Events

Sunday 16th July marks the three hundredth wedding anniversary of Katherine de la Poer of Curraghmore and Marcus Beresford.  As part of the Comeraghs Wild Festival, the family is holding a series of talks in the upper hall and using the dining room for morning coffee and afternoon tea between talks.

The first lecture will be at 11am ‘The Powers of Curraghmore’ by Mr Kenneth W. Nicholls, one of the most widely respected Irish historians of the twentieth century, followed by morning coffee in the dining room.  Next will be ‘16th July 1717 the marriage that changed Irish history’ by Julian Walton.  Julian has delighted radio listeners with historical anecdotes about things that happened in and around Waterford.

The lecture at 2pm will be ‘a most magnificent place, the evolution of the gardens and demesne at Curraghmore’ by William Fraher, Curator of Waterford County Museum, who has a particular interest in the history of Waterford country houses and gardens, followed by afternoon tea in the dining room.  Then there will be a walk through the gardens with the head gardener Michael Murphy and William Fraher.  This will be a great opportunity to ask questions and get an insight into managing the gardens and plans for the future.

For tickets and further details of these events please visit the website www.comeraghswild.com or phone 086 7777515.


Dungarvan Agricultural Show New Book ‘The Show Story 1913-2017’ for Sale in the Museum

We always have a selection of books with local connections for sale in the Museum with a wide range of topics from local history to guide books to poetry and photographs.  

We now have the new book about the Dungarvan Agricultural Show ‘The Show Story 1913-2017’ for sale at €10 celebrating the one hundredth show.  This is a beautiful book packed with lovely photos and details of the history of the show and at a very reasonable price.  

Our congratulations to the Dungarvan Show Committee on their one hundredth show.  A percentage of all of our book sales goes towards the running costs of the Museum.  Please do consider calling into us in Friary Street to view our selection of books.     

Dungarvan in the Twenty Most Charming Towns in Ireland on TravelMag.com

TravelMag.com recently asked three hundred writers, photographers and selected travel professionals to name the three towns in Ireland they consider to be the most charming, and Dungarvan is in the top twenty.  

The article has a lovely photo looking from the Quay towards Abbeyside, along with a brief description of the town, including a mention of Waterford County Museum.

Object of the Week - Angel from St. Mary's Parish Church, Dungarvan

This angel was at the top of the centre piece of the high altar above the tabernacle in St. Mary’s Catholic Parish Church, Dungarvan.

It is great to see all the work which has been completed in St. Mary’s recently to bring it back towards its former glory, with the restoration of the beautiful stained glass windows, along with the new roof and work on the fabric of the building, and more work to follow.  

Sunday 9th July - Guided Tour of Ardo House, Ardmore

There will be a guided tour of Ardo House in Ardmore by Liam Suipéal on Sunday 9th July. Meet at the museum on Friary Street at 2.30pm sharp. 

Shared private cars to be used if you intend on going. Please contact the museum in advance at 058-45960. Cost free.

New Books for Sale in the Museum

We always have a selection of books with local connections for sale in the Museum with a wide range of topics from local history to guide books to poetry and photographs.  We have two new books by Donald Brady for sale at the very reasonable price of €10 each.  Donald was County Librarian for County Waterford from 1982 until 2010.  He spoke about one of the books 'Katherine Cecil Thurston Irish New Woman Author' at the Immrama Festival in Lismore recently.  The second book is 'Essays from Lismore II' which features some of Donald's previous contributions to Immrama.

A percentage of all of our book sales goes towards the running costs of the Museum.  Please do consider calling into us in Friary Street to view our selection of books.

Donation of Objects for the Museum

The Museum relies on donations of objects/old photographs from members of the public. We do not have funds to purchase objects, so we would be very grateful for any objects of local historic interest which you may have in your possession which you would be willing to kindly donate to us.

By donating items to us you will be playing your part in helping to preserve local history for future generations.  You can drop items into us in Friary Street here in Dungarvan, or call us on 058 45960 to discuss any items you are thinking of donating.

Your Chance to Support the Museum!

Museum membership is available for an annual fee of €15 if you would like to support the work of the Museum.

The Museum relies heavily on membership fees, donations and fund raising activities, so we would be delighted if you would join us as a member.  As a member you will benefit from knowing that you are supporting the important work of the Museum in County Waterford, plus being informed of various talks, new exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the year. There is also a member's annual trip and Christmas meal.

Please do consider joining us as a member.  You can see the very varied and interesting work of the Museum, including volunteers recently taking part in local archaeological digs in the previous posts here on our website and blog.  Call in to see us in Friary Street here in Dungarvan, or call us on 058 45960 for more information.

June 2017 Archaeological Digs at Gallows Hill and Dungarvan Valley Caves

June has been a very exciting month with two important archaeological digs taking place.

First there was the dig at Gallows Hill in Dungarvan led by Archaeologist Dave Pollock with volunteers connected with the Museum helping.  This dig uncovered important information giving clues as to the origins of Gallows Hill, including an unknown 17th century siege fort, a hidden Anglo Norman Motte, four ditches, a piece of worked flint, pottery, clay pipes and a cannon ball.  On the first day of the dig there was also a special dig for children with the Big Dig team which was very well attended and enjoyed by all.

Next came the dig at Dungarvan Valley Caves.  Our thanks to Dr. Cóilín Ó Drisceoil and Dr. Richard Jennings and their team for inviting the volunteers to take part.

Dungarvan Valley is an archaeological gem that has the potential to reveal Ireland's earliest evidence of human occupation.  This was a fascinating dig with huge amounts of information being gathered together by the archaeologists with help from the volunteers.  Finds included a 35,000 year old bear tooth and ancient animal bone remains.

Our thanks to Eddie Cantwell and Chrissy Knight-O'Connor, to all the archaeologists, volunteers, Waterford City & County Council, The Heritage Council, Adopt a Monument Ireland, Dwane Tool Hire, Trihy's Saw Mills, Graphic Print & Signs, Cathal Brugha Resident's Group, artist Anthony Hayes, and all who helped in any way.  Photos are from John Foley and the Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Group.

Start of Gallows Hill Dig 2017

Archaeologist Dave Pollock with Volunteers

Sheltering from the Rain!

Danny Kiely Digging

Eddie Cantwell & Chrissy Knight-O'Connor

The Mayor Came to Visit!

Local Resident Reece Coward

Working Through Sunshine and Rain!



Kevin Barton, Dave Pollock, Chrissy Knight-O'Connor

At the Start of the Dig

Eddie Cantwell with the Big Dig Team

Into the Side of the Mound

Being Filled In at the End of the Dig

Being Filled In at the End of the Dig

Archaeologists and Volunteers at the Caves Dig

Volunteer Paul McLoughlin Helping Archaeologist to Sieve for Finds

Volunteer Danny Kiely Digging

Volunteer Sarah Lucas

Group Looking at the Progress

View Looking Out From the Cave

Dr. Richard Jennings with Chrissy Knight-O'Connor

Leo Varadkar's Connection With Dungarvan

This photo was taken in 1930 in Moloney's Bakery in Dungarvan. Martin Whelan (known as Leo) can be seen at the right of the photo and his great grandson is Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

12th June 2017 - Civic Reception in Honour of William Fraher

William Fraher, Cllr. Damien Geoghegan, with Museum Staff Past & Present
A Civic Reception was held in the Civic Offices in Dungarvan on 12th June in honour of the Chairman of Waterford County Museum William Fraher in recognition of his enormous contribution in researching and preserving the history of County Waterford.

Cathaoirleach Dungarvan Lismore Municipal Council Damien Geoghegan presented William Fraher with two scrolls, and a gift of a Waterford Crystal bowl.

The event was very well attended and was enjoyed by all.
Martin Fraher, Olga Fraher, Jimmy Fraher, William Fraher, Cllr. Damien Geoghegan

Object of the Week - Brownie Camera

The Brownie camera was introduced to the market by Kodak Eastman in February 1900.  It was a very basic cardboard box camera with a simple lens.  It was cheap to buy and became extremely popular.  The name Brownie is derived from the 'brownies' in a popular Palmer Cox cartoon of that period.

This model No. 3 is made of wood and leather dating from 1909-1915.

Sunday 18th June 2017 is International Brownie Camera Day!

Waterford Treasures - International Conference 'The Irish Constitution 1937-2017'

Waterford Treasures - Three Museums in the Viking Triangle will be hosting an international conference 'The Irish Constitution 1937-2017' on 30th June and 1st July 2017.

Speakers will include Senator Michael McDowell SC and Mr Justice Gerard Hogan.

Please visit www.waterfordtreasures.com for full details and to book.


Venue:  Waterford City Hall/Medieval Museum

Date:     30th June & 1st July 2017

Time:     Please visit website mentioned above

Cost:      Please visit website mentioned above

Archaeological Dig at Gallows Hill in Dungarvan

This week 4th to 9th June 2017 saw a very important and exciting archaeological dig at Gallows Hill here in Dungarvan.  A lot of hard work went into the arrangements for this dig, and the team worked hard over the week itself despite the weather.  Our thanks to Chrissy Knight-O'Connor, Eddie Cantwell, archaeologist Dave Pollock, Waterford City & County Council, The Heritage Council, Adopt a Monument Ireland, Dwane Tool Hire, Trihy's Saw Mills, Graphic Print & Signs, Cathal Brugha Resident's Group, John Foley Images, artist Anthony Hayes and all the volunteers who took part in the dig, the local community, and all those involved who are too numerous to mention.

The dig has uncovered very valuable indications of the origins of Gallows Hill.  Further information is available on the Gallows Hill Community Archaeology and Waterford County Museum pages on Facebook.  More to follow!

Object of the Week - Cough Medicine Bottle, 'The Mixture', from L. Mongey, Bridge Street, Dungarvan

The historian and Irish patriot Laurence Mongey was born at Knockaderry, Co. Limerick on 13th June 1895. His parents were Thomas and Julia (née Forde).  He attended Blackrock College and later trained and qualified as a pharmacist.  Mongey originally worked in Dublin.  He joined the IRA and was involved in the War of Independence.  He made explosives and was a 'first aid' man, i.e. he disposed arms at pre-arranged caches. He also operated in the South Tipperary/North Cork area under the name of Larry Lacy.  He was excommunicated by Bishop Cohalan but was later re-admitted to the Sacraments by Bishop Russell.

After the Truce, Mongey moved to Dungarvan, and worked at D.J. Nugent's chemists and pharmacy shop at Bridge Street.  He took over the business when Nugent retired.  Mongey was very interested in the ecology and archaeology of Co. Waterford.  He compiled a list of ogham stones in the county. In 1938 Mongey assisted T.G.E. Powell with the excavation of the megalithic tomb at Ballynamona, Old Parish.  Mongey photographed the various stages of the dig.  In 1941 he published 'The Portal Dolmens of South-Eastern Ireland' as Vol. 1 of 'The Journal of the Waterford Spelaeological Society'.

Another Good Review on Trip Advisor!

We have had another good review on Trip Advisor with an 'Excellent' rating, from a visitor from Northern Ireland in May 2017 titled 'Worth a visit if you are in the area' -

'This is a small local museum, well worth a visit if you are in the area.  It is informative on local history and the part played by local people in Irish national events.  I asked the staff a question, to which they gave a full answer.  They were very helpful'.

As of June 2017 out of all of our reviews on Trip Advisor 85% have given an 'Excellent' rating, and we have never received a negative review.  We have visitors from all over Ireland and many different countries.

Waterford County Museum is certainly well worth visiting!

Saturday 15th July 2017 - Next History Day at Dromana House 'Now the Day is Over', The Literature of the Big House

On Saturday 15th July 2017 from 10am to 4pm there will be a history day at Dromana House with the following talks; 'The life and writings of Molly Keane' by Sally Phipps, 'The big house, a view from downstairs' by Tom McCarthy, 'Now the day is over - Elizabeth Bowen, Molly Keane, & the fall of the big house' by Eibhear Walsh and 'Ballantyne's Folly, Claud Cockburn's big house novel, a tale of good deeds and skulduggery' by Andrew Cockburn.

Price per person is €70 or for two people is €125, including morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. Booking is essential.

Email: info@dromanahouse.com

Object of the Week - Tea Bag from Thomas Power's, 18 O'Connell Street, Dungarvan, Early 20th Century

Thomas Power's business was in operation in 1882 when it was advertised in the Dungarvan Journal:

'Mr. Thomas Power, Baker, Family Grocer, Tea Wine and Spirit Merchant, Blackpool.  This is an establishment where bread of a superior quality is sold. Mr. Power uses only flour of tried quality - and that the bread he produces is good in flavour, and is beyond gainsay, for he has passed the ordeal of the country consumers, amongst whom his bread is a great favourite... farmers are much better judges of what constitutes good bread, than are the denizens of the town.  Mr. Power's vans travel over a large and increasing circuit of the country daily'.

Thomas Power also opened a restaurant at the premises at 18 O'Connell Street.  Powers produced jam with fruit grown in their orchard nearby.  Power's Bakery closed its door for the final time on 16th April 1988.

Saturday 3rd June 2017 - The Big Dig, A Fun Day Out for All the Family at Gallowshill in Dungarvan

On Saturday 3rd June 2017 from 11am to 4pm there will be an archaeological dig which children can participate in at Gallowshill in Dungarvan.  Please ring the Museum on 058 45960 or call in to us in Friary Street for more information and to book a time slot.  Looks like being great fun and very interesting!

Object of the Week - Dried Milk Tin Inscribed 'The Food of Royal Babies', Cow & Gate Milk Powder c.1940's

The company was founded in Guildford in 1771.  In 1900 they started to produce dried milk.  In 1903 dried milk was recommended for babies.  Cow & Gate sold their first dried milk for babies in 1905.  In 1930 the slogan 'The Food of Royal Babies' was introduced to packaging and advertising by the company.

In 1936 the Dungarvan Co-op went into business with Cow & Gate to produce dried milk.  During World War II demand for dried milk products grew resulting in increased output from the Dungarvan factory.  In 1947 Cow & Gate renewed their contract with Dungarvan Co-op which marked a period of expansion for the Dungarvan operation.

Busy Week in the Museum!

Greenway Visitor, Kieran Lineen, Josephine McCarthy
This has been a very busy week in the Museum with a visit from the Deise Day Care Centre to see the 'Picturing Childhood Exhibition', and visits from various school groups, along with lots of other visitors.

On Thursday 18th May to celebrate International Museum Day, we had a very successful and well attended talk about John Betjeman and his poem 'The Irish Unionist's Farewell to Greta Hellstrom in 1922' also known as 'Dungarvan in the Rain'. The talk was extremely interesting and was thoroughly enjoyed by all.


Jim Shine, John Daly

Eileen Moloney, Mary Condon, Margot Kehoe


Some of the Audience at the Betjeman Talk

Schoolchildren Enjoying the Museum


Enjoying Refreshments 

Object of the Week - Cigarette Vending Machine, Wills Gold Flake, 1924

The wooden vending machine is stamped with the maker's mark: Clement Garrett & Co., Jessop Street, Sheffield.

In order to obtain the cigarettes 6 pence had to be placed in the slot.

This vending machine came from Walsh's Tobacconist's in Dungarvan.

The Walsh family took over the tobacco and snuff business in Main Street form the Carbery family in 1879. This was on the site of the present Garvey's Supermarket.


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