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Ireland’s Antarctic Explorers: Talk by Michael Smith at SGC Dungarvan

Michael Smith is a British author who has made a habit of resurrecting forgotten Irishmen who have left their footprint at the frozen South Pole.  Smith’s book ‘Tom Crean’ turned out to be a number 1 best seller and was responsible for raising awareness of the role played by Irishmen in the history of Polar exploration.

Michael will be giving a talk in SGC Dungarvan on Wednesday 18th October at 7.30pm.  Come and chat with the bestselling author.  Tickets for this event are €7 and are on sale now in Waterford County Museum.  This most extraordinary treat is not to be missed.  Please remember that seating is limited so get your tickets early.  


Grattan Square: a Social History Film on Dungarvan at SGC Dungarvan

There will be a screening of Grattan Square: a Social History Film on Dungarvan at SGC Dungarvan on Tuesday 10th October at 7.30pm.

Tickets are free of charge and are available now from Waterford County Museum and Damien Geoghegan.  Please remember that seating is limited so get your tickets early.

Object of the Week - A Sail Iron, 19th Century

This is a very rare artefact which can be seen on display in our maritime section.

It is a heavy iron with a long wooden handle which was heated and then used to straighten large sails.



Canaletto and the Art of Venice at SGC Dungarvan

There will be a screening of Canaletto and the art of Venice based on the exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace at SGC Dungarvan on Tuesday 26th September at 7pm and Saturday 30th September at 3pm.

Object of the Week - Large Earthenware Pot with Glazed Interior, 19th Century

This pot could be local ware or possibly made in Youghal which had a tradition of pottery making.

This example has no marker’s mark to identify it. 

Object of the Week - Brass Sign Inscribed 'Thomas Power & Coy. Ltd.' Early 20th Century

This sign was fixed to a delivery vehicle owned by the well known Power's Brewery in Dungarvan.

Thomas Power (1856-1930) was the first chairman of Waterford County Council and was chairman of Dungarvan Town Commissioners on a number of occasions.  In the 1880s he was in partnership with his brother producing mineral waters.  In 1904 he began producing his award winning Blackwater Cider.


In 1917 Thomas purchased the old St Brigid's Well Brewery in Fair Lane, Dungarvan from the Marquis of Waterford.  The business was a great success and its produce was in demand all over County Waterford and beyond.  After his death the brewery was taken over by his son Paul I. Power who managed it until 1976 when his son Ion took over.

Visitor from Australia Traces the Steps of Her Orphan Girl Ancestor - Late Summer 2017


Helen Wilding with Husband Stephen Shipperlee and Eddie Cantwell

Helen Wilding with Husband Stephen Shipperlee Outside the Hospital


Eddie Cantwell has carried out quite a bit of research on the forty two orphan girls that were shipped out of Dungarvan Workhouse in 1849.  He has also tracked down some of the living families of some of those orphan girls. He was delighted when Helen Wilding contacted him and said that she was going to visit Dungarvan.  

First Helen visited Cobh, where her ancestor, fifteen year old Sarah Gleeson began her journey to Australia.  Her visit to Cobh, St. Joseph’s Dungarvan and the Famine Graveyard was a moving experience for her.  Helen, who is a research librarian in Melbourne, was very taken with Dungarvan.  She said that ‘it would have been fantastic growing up with lots of friends around in a place like this.  I thought the town had a really nice feeling.  I felt really comfortable there as if it was somehow 'just right'.  I was even really sad at the hurling outcome and I am never usually at all interested in sports!’  

Helen paints little pictures in her notebook and adds notes.  This particular one which she kindly gave to Eddie was taken from Meade’s Café.

Football Championship Medal from 1897 Won by Erin's Hope, and Boer War Medals

Waterford Football Championship Medal, Michael Cullinan
Recently (August 2017) Daragh Cullinan from Wexford called into the Museum to donate this medal which is from the 1897 Waterford Football Championship won by Erin's Hope, and presented to the Vice Captain Michael Cullinan.

Daragh also brought in two Boer War medals to show us.  Jack Wall from 6 O'Connell Street, Dungarvan, served in the Imperial Yeomanry Division in South Africa, and later in World War I.  He was also prominent in the West Waterford Hunt.


Boer War Medals, Jack Wall, 6 O'Connell Street, Dungarvan

Team of Organisers and Volunteers at Launch of Exhibition 'Neolithic Caves to Medieval Motte' 19th August 2017

Photographed by John Foley at the launch of our exhibition 'Neolithic Caves to Medieval Motte' which was held on Saturday 19th August are our team of organisers and volunteers, Danny Kiely, Paul McLoughlin, Eddie Cantwell, Christina Knight-O'Connor, Nora Foley, Sarah Lucas and Róisin Burke.

14th September 2017 - Kilmacthomas Historical Society Talk

Kilmacthomas Historical Society are holding a talk on the life and times of the famous Canadian explorer, John Palliser of Comeragh House.  Guest speaker will be historian Mr. Sean Murphy.

Come and enjoy the evening!


Venue:            Church of Ireland, Comeragh, Mahon Bridge

Date:              14th September 2017

Time:              7pm

Admission:    €5

Object of the Week - Willow Pattern Plate, 19th Century

This pattern became popular in the late 18th century.  The potteries adapted the patterns on blue and white ware which was imported from China.  Transfers were replacing hand painted ware.  Initially there were a number of different patterns but the Willow pattern became the most popular.  The background is always white and the image is blue.

The Spode factory was the first to produce china with the Willow pattern around 1790.  The standard scene contains a garden, trees, a bridge, pavilion and two flying swallows at the top of the scene.  The following is the story behind the scene:

Once there was a wealthy Mandarin, who had a beautiful daughter (Koong-se).  She had fallen in love with her father’s humble accounting assistant (Chang), angering her father (it was inappropriate for them to marry due to their difference in social class).  He dismissed the young man and built a high fence around his house to keep the lovers apart.  The Mandarin was planning for his daughter to marry a powerful Duke.  The Duke arrived by boat to claim his bride, bearing a box of jewels as a gift.  The wedding was to take place on the day the blossom fell from the willow tree.

On the eve of the daughter’s wedding to the Duke, the young accountant, disguised as a servant, slipped into the palace unnoticed.  As the lovers escaped with the jewels, the alarm was raised.  They ran over a bridge, chased by the Mandarin, whip in hand.  They eventually escaped on the Duke’s ship to the safety of a secluded island, where they lived happily for years.  But one day, the Duke learned of their refuge.  Hungry for revenge, he sent soldiers who captured the lovers and put them to death.  The gods, moved by their plight, transformed the lovers into a pair of doves. 

25th August 2017 - Visitor from Syria

We had a visit today from Mohammed Al Bashir from Daraa in Syria, accompanied by Finbarr Keohan.  It was a very enjoyable visit for all concerned!

Finbarr Keohan, Staff Member Danny Kiely, Mohammed Al Bashir, Staff Member Kieran Lineen

19th August 2017 - Launch of Exhibition 'Neolithic Caves to Medieval Motte'

On Saturday 19th August Waterford County Museum, Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Group and Adopt a Monument launched our exhibition 'Neolithic Caves to Medieval Motte' as part of National Heritage Week.  This exhibition details the archaeological digs which took place this summer at Gallows Hill and Dungarvan Valley Caves, with artefacts on display from Gallows Hill, beautiful photos from both digs, artwork by local artist Tony Hayes, and descriptions of what took place day by day.

At the launch there were two beautiful films of the digs made by John Foley, with very interesting talks by Róisin Burke of Adopt a Monument/Abarta Heritage, Christina Knight and Eddie Cantwell of Gallows Hill Community Archaeology Group and Waterford County Museum, followed by a viewing of the exhibition.  The launch was well attended and those present found it very interesting.

Our thanks to all of the people whose hard work helped both the digs and the exhibition to take place who are too numerous to mention here.
Enjoying John Foley's Film of the Gallows Hill Dig

Viewing the Exhibition

Róisin Burke Talking with Tony Hayes

A Selection of Artefacts from Gallows Hill Displayed by William Fraher

Artwork by Tony Hayes

Danny Kiely who Organised the Exhibition with Help from Others

Paul McLoughlin who Assisted Danny Kiely and Others with the Exhibition

Object of the Week - Penny Farthing Bicycle Late 19th Century

The first cycling club in Ireland was established in Dungarvan in 1869.  The club was founded by Richard Edward Brenan the postmaster.  The first race for a challenge cup was run in September 1869 and the cup can be seen, along with the penny farthing, in Waterford County Museum. Amongst its members was the photographer Edmond Keohan.

Dungarvan can with good reason claim to be the birthplace of Irish cycling.

This penny farthing was owned and ridden by Canon Burkitt of Stradbally, Co. Waterford and there is a photograph of him cycling the bike in 1936 when he was in his seventies.  Some people may recognise the bicycle as John O'Brien used to cycle it in the Dungarvan St. Patrick's Day Parade.

August 2017 - Visit of Museum Member Jim Shine to Ypres to Commemorate the Death of James O.W. Shine in 1917 in World War One

On a recent visit to Ypres to commemorate the death of Captain James O.W. Shine, Royal Dublin Fusiliers, in the battle of Paschendaele in 1917, one of our members, Jim Shine, took the opportunity to lay a wreath at the Menin Gate Memorial in remembrance of the one thousand and thirty Waterford men and women who died in World War One.

The Menin Gate Memorial has panels on which are inscribed the names of fifty four thousand eight hundred and ninety six allied soldiers who died in the area and have no known grave.  Another thirty five thousand are similarly commemorated at the Tyne Cot cemetery near Paschendaele in which there are twelve thousand graves of those whose bodies could be recovered.

Sunday 3rd September 2017 - History Day at Dromana Titled 'Art, Architecture, Gardens and the Intrepid Traveller: Passage to India'

There will be a history day at Dromana House on Sunday 3rd September 2017 from 10am to 4pm titled 'Art, Architecture, Gardens and the Intrepid Traveller: Passage to India'.

The guest speakers and subjects covered will be Kathleen James-Chakraborty - The gateway at Dromana, Mary Ann Prior - The gardens of the Great Moghuls: the Villiers-Stuart connection, Peter Murray - Changes in British racial attitudes in India in the early nineteenth century: James Achilles Kirkpatrick and his wife Khair-un-Nissa Begum, the East India Company, and the paintings of Thomas Hickey and George Chinnery, Dagmar Ó Riain-Raedel - The Maharajah of Gwailor and the Church of the Ascension in Timoleague, Co. Cork.

Morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea included, €70 per person or €125 for two.  Email info@dromanahouse.com, booking is essential.

Annual Museum Fundraising Book Sale 2017

We are now accepting books for our annual Museum fundraising book sale.  Our book sale gives a much needed financial boost to help with the running costs of the Museum, so all donations are gratefully received.  Books can be dropped in to us at the Museum in Friary Street, and should be in good condition, with no magazines or encyclopaedias please. Thankyou.

Details to follow of the date and venue!

Object of the Week - 'Any Time is Urney Time' Clock from the Ormonde Cinema, Dungarvan, 1940s

Urney Chocolates was established in 1919 by Eileen and Harry Gallagher at Urney, Co. Tyrone.

Mrs Gallagher set up a sweet making factory in her back garden in an effort to provide employment for locals who were emigrating due to lack of employment.

In 1924 the factory was destroyed by fire and it was moved to Tallaght in Dublin.  By the 1960s Urney Chocolates was employing one thousand workers and was then one of the largest chocolate factories in Europe.  In 1963 W & R Grace, New York, purchased the company.  In 1970 they sold it to Unilever who changed the name to HB Chocolates.

The company ceased production in 1980.

20th September 2017 Illustrated Lecture - Curraghmore: A Hidden Treasure on Our Doorstep by Julian Walton

We are delighted to have Julian Walton kick off our 2017/18 lecture season with an illustrated lecture titled 'Curraghmore: A Hidden Treasure on Our Doorstep'.

For many years one of the most fascinating country houses in Ireland has remained hidden from the national media, and forgotten by many in the Déise.  Curraghmore House is now beginning to receive the attention it deserves.  For at least six hundred years the house and demesne have been the home of the same family, the name changing only once through marriage.  For the last three centuries it has been the seat of the Beresfords, Marquesses of Waterford, who played a leading role in the evolution of Georgian Ireland, and in Victorian times produced some famous churchmen and soldiers.  For three centuries before that it was the principal castle of the Power clan who ruled East Waterford until the coming of Cromwell.  Every generation has left its mark on Curraghmore.

The magnificent demesne of some two and a half thousand acres is open to the public subject to common sense restrictions.  The gardens (leave €5 in the honesty box), in a stunning setting along the River Clodiagh with a medieval bridge, hills, forests, avenues and splendid vistas, are open from Easter to the end of September.  During the same period there are guided tours of the house, with its huge courtyard, fifteenth century entrance hall, décor by Wyatt and others, historic furniture, paintings including family portraits.  The fine eighteenth century Shell House in the grounds is included in the tour.  The former parish church on Clonegam Hill serves as the family mausoleum.

Julian Walton is currently working on the archives at Curraghmore, with the assistance of Marianna Lorenc, and our Museum Curator William Fraher.  Julian's immense treasure of knowledge and his humorous observations on historical events will ensure a very interesting and entertaining lecture which will be well worth attending.

We are also breaking new ground with this talk because it takes place at the Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club on Davitts Quay, which is itself a very historic location which is where the famed 'Linny' used to stand, as they have very kindly allowed us to use their clubhouse for the talk.

There is a lift at the clubhouse to take people to the top floor.  All are very welcome!


Venue:            Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan

Date:               Wednesday 20th September 2017

Time:              8pm

Admission:    €5

National Heritage Week 19th to 27th August 2017 - Exhibition 'Neolithic Caves to Medieval Motte'

For National Heritage Week 19th to 27th August 2017 Gallows Hill Archaeology Group will exhibit their 2017 excavation work at Gallows Hill, and supporting excavation work with the Dungarvan Valley Caves Project, here in the Museum.

This looks like being a very interesting exhibition and will be well worth a visit!

Venue:            Waterford County Museum, Friary Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford

Date/Time:      Official Opening Saturday 19th August 2017 12pm to 1pm  
                        Then Normal Museum Opening Hours 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday                          
Admission:     Free

Object of the Week - Metal Ladle for Molten Glass from Waterford Crystal Factory, Dungarvan, 1970s

The Waterford Crystal factory opened in Dungarvan in July 1972.  The official opening was performed by Jack Lynch.  It was reported in newspapers at the time that the factory cost one million to construct and would employ two hundred and forty workers, thirty of whom were from An Rinn.

In 2002 the thirtieth anniversary of the opening of the factory was celebrated with a publication and a special service at the factory.  A number of pieces of glass and other archival material were donated to Waterford County Museum.

The factory finally closed in 2005.

10th August 2017 Visitors from Bilbao and San Sebastián in the Basque Country Region of Spain

On 10th August 2017 we had a visit from a group of students from Bilbao and San Sebastián in the Basque Country region of Spain.  They were given a tour of the Museum by our multi lingual staff member Kieran Lineen and they thoroughly enjoyed their visit.
Staff Member Kieran Lineen with Students from the Basque Region of Spain

International Visitors Summer 2017

We are delighted to welcome groups of international students in connection with Maud Cunningham of The Language People in Dungarvan who regularly visit the Museum.  We have had groups of students from Spain and various other countries, and many other visitors to the Museum this year from all over the world including places as far away as Africa and Arizona!

Our multi lingual staff member Kieran Lineen has led many tours of the Museum for our international visitors this year, as have other members of staff, and the Museum is proving to be a very popular attraction.

Ina Bluett R.I.P.

We were saddened to hear of the recent death of Ina Bluett who was a long time member of the Museum and will be sadly missed.  Our condolences to her family.

Object of the Week - Dictograph from Power's Brewery, Dungarvan, c.1950

Dictograph from Power's Brewery, Dungarvan, c.1950.
Wooden body with bakelite (early type of plastic) hand set.  Stamped 'Dictograph' Made in England with the company logo.

The Dictograph was first manufactured by the General Acoustics Company in the U.S. and the brand name was registered in 1907.  They were later manufactured in England by Dictograph Telephones Ltd.


Friday 28th July 2017 - Reception for William Fraher

On Friday 28th July 2017 we had a reception in the Museum organised by the Museum Committee and Museum staff for William Fraher who has left his post as CE Supervisor after many years of dedicated service.  Our thanks to Willie for all his hard work and dedication over the years.
William Fraher (sixth from left) Surrounded by Museum Members, Staff, and Friends 

Object of the Week - Ink Wells

Ink was first used in ancient Egypt and China.  In the 19th century ink wells were manufactured using an amazing variety of shapes - umbrella, boat, tent, barrel, cottage, pyramid etc.  They were made of glass or stoneware pottery.  The containers were sealed with a cork or sealing wax.

These are some examples from the Museum collection, which are not stamped but probably made in England.

The invention of the ball point pen in the 1930s signalled the decline of ink wells.

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

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