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Members' Dinner

The museum members’ dinner will take place on Sunday 28th January 7pm at the Interlude Restaurant, Dungarvan.  The dinner will be 3 courses and there will be prizes on the night.  The cost for the dinner is €28 and must be paid at the museum no later than Thursday 25th January.

Object of the Week - Carroll's 'Mick McQuaid' tobacco tin c.1920s

Patrick James Carroll opened the first tobacco shop in Dundalk in 1824.  In 1864 his son joined and modernised the firm.  In 1889 the company introduced the Mick McQuaid brand.  

Mick first appeared as a character in The Shamrock magazine in the 1880s.  In the 1920s the company introduced a drawing of Mick on their tins and adverts.  The Mick McQuaid brand was   
discontinued in 2016.                                                   

January 2018 - Recent Publications

The Museum supplied photographs to two recently launched publications.

‘A History of the Dungarvan GAA Club from 1885-2017’ by Tony Ryan, and ‘Dunmore East – A Living History’ by Maria Walsh.

Both books come highly recommended and are available in local outlets.

Object of the Week - Poyser's Ceylon Tea Box

This box with stencilled lettering was used to house tea.  The box was sold from Sheehan’s shop in Main Street, Dungarvan.

The inscription states that the tea is ‘Direct from Colombo’.

Poyser’s were tea merchants in Witty Grove, Manchester.


Nancy Daly RIP

We were saddened to hear of the death of Nancy Daly of Ballinacourty who was a long time member of the Museum Society.  Nancy regularly attended Museum events which she thoroughly enjoyed and was a valued member of the Museum.  Our condolences to her family and friends.

17th January 2018 Lecture - Philip Barron, Man of Mystery by Áine Uí Fhoghlú

We are delighted to announce that we will be commencing our 2018 lecture season with a talk that is sure to be of immense interest called 'Philip Barron, Man of Mystery' by Áine Uí Fhoghlú.

Áine will offer an illustrated look at the life and achievements of Philip Barron of Stradbally who founded (probably) the first ever Irish language college in the country, in Bunmahon in 1835.

So who was Philip Barron, what was his contributiion to the area, and to the country?  What became of him and why is he not more widely known in Irish history?  Áine will be shedding light on these questions.

Áine Uí Fhoghlú lives in An Rinn with her family.  She has a number of poetry books to her credit and was a writer in residence with Co. Kilkenny VEC.  Áine has also won many awards for her poetry including the prestigious Irish language prize at Dún Laoghaire International Poetry Competition and the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize.  She also has a keen interest in local history.

This looks like being a very interesting and enjoyable talk, and is not to be missed!


Venue:             Clubhouse, Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club, Davitt's Quay, Dungarvan

Date:                Wednesday 17th January 2018

Time:                8pm

Admission:      €5

Object of the Week - Printed Poster - A souvenir of the 31st Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin 1932

The congress was held from the 22nd to 26th June 1932.  About one million people attended the main open air mass in Phoenix Park at which Count John McCormack sang.  

The poster was printed by Irish Catholic Art Publishing.

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