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Upcoming Events in SGC Cinema

The following is a list of upcoming performances which will be screened live at the SGC in Dungarvan

It's advisable to purchase tickets now before the performances are sold out. 

Tickets are available to members of the Museum at a significant discount.
Call to the Museum to collect your concession tickets.
This is thanks to Eugene Tobin, Manager and SGC Cinema.

So don't be disappointed and book now!

November 28       Present Laughter:  From the Old Vic London.
December 2nd      Les Miserables:  The staged Musical
December 8th:      Friends 25th Anniversary, Part 1.
December 10th      Copelia: from the Royal Ballet London
December 11th      Friends 25th Anniversary, part 2
December 15th     Friends 25th Anniversary part 3
December 16th     In Search of Beethoven
December 17th     The Nutcracker: From the Royal Ballet London
December 21st     The Nutcracker: from the Royal Ballet London
December 31st       Berliner Philharmoniker Live New Year’s Eve Concert

Wednesday 27th November 2019 - "From the Cradle to the Grave": The Work of the Sanitary Officer - An Illustrated Lecture by Joanne Rothwell, County Archivist

An Illustrated lecture by County Archivist; Joanne Rothwell

Forthcoming lecture with the wonderful ‘romantic’ title "From the Cradle to the Grave”: The Work of the Sanitary Officer. And who better to deliver this talk than the County Archivist, Miss Joanne Rothwell. For those of you who have recovered from William’s talk last month, be prepared to be dragged further into our murky past, when our poor ancestors scraped out an existence in order to survive…well, some of them did!  But then, along came the Sanitary Officer…
Improvements in the survival rates of people in Ireland in the 19th and 20th centuries owes much to the work of the Sanitary Officers appointed to oversee a huge range of issues from clean water; diseases and control of infections; hospital accommodation; bath-houses; slaughter-houses; lodging houses; schools, mortuaries and burial grounds.  Every aspect of life from the cradle to the grave came under their remit and the records of the work of the sanitary officers are often one of the only places we can glimpse the lives of ordinary people struggling to survive.  In this talk the Archivist will give people a chance to explore a little of what life was like in sometimes gross and gory detail.

Venue:            Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club on Davitts Quay

Date:              Wednesday 27th November 2019

Time:              8 p.m.

Admission:     €5.00 

 As always, all are welcome.  Be Early!

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo? If so please let us know.

Stories from Old Newspapers

Dungarvan Observer 2 May 1925

A New Ferryboat - Youghal Notes

It is stated on good authority that the Waterford Co. Council have placed a contract for a new ferry boat for the Blackwater at Villierstown, with the Messrs Aherne, boat builders, Strand Street, Youghal.  This is certainly another addition to the many instances of go-aheadedness of the Waterford Co. Council as compared to our own Cork Council.

The Placing of the contract with Messrs Aherne is a proof of the name they have gained for turning out their work.  Last year they built a splendid fishing boat for a returned Irish-American, who was highly satisfied with the craft.

Thursday 28th November 2019 NT Live: Present Laughter (Captured Live) In SGC Cinema

We have another special for our Museum members in 
conjunction with SGC Cinema.  Members can avail of reduced rates to 
events courtesy of Mr. Eugene Tobin, Manager SGC Cinema, Dungarvan. 

It is advisable to book your tickets in advance for these events. 

Members can call to the museum to pick up their concession tickets. 

The event is: NT Live: Present Laughter (Captured Live)

It will be shown in SGC Dungarvan on Thursday 28th November 2019 at 8 p.m. 

Stories from Old Newspapers

Dungarvan Observer 2 March 1918

Sinn Féin Branch Formed in Ballyduff and Macollop    By E. A. Murphy

On Sunday, February 24th…. a public meeting was held in Ballyduff to organise a Sinn Féin Club in the combined parishes of Ballyduff and Macollop.  Mr P. O’Sullivan, President of Kent Sinn Féin Club, Lismore; Mr. J. O’Gorman, Lismore; and Captain James Madden of the Irish Volunteers, Lismore were the speakers.

The large crowd….gave the speakers an enthusiastic reception.  Mr. O’Sullivan….explained the objects for which the meeting was called, and explained what Sinn Féin stands for.  Mr. O’Gorman…. In his handling of the subject proved himself to be a very able speaker.

Captain James Madden…..treated on the industrial side of Sinn Féin in an able manner.  The meeting was brought to a close by Mr. O’Gorman’s fine rendering of “The Soldier’s Song”, in which the crowd joined.  After the meeting sixty people handed in their names as members.  Mr. John Daly was elected President; Mr. John Cashin, Hon. Sec., and Mr. James Quirke, Treasurer.  The Ballyduff and Macollop Corps of Volunteers attended in full strength. 

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo?  If so, please let us know.

Thursday 7th November 2019 NT Live: Hansard (Live) in SGC Cinema

We have another special for our Museum members in 
conjunction with SGC Cinema.  Members can avail of reduced rates to 
events courtesy of Mr. Eugene Tobin, Manager SGC Cinema, Dungarvan. 

It is advisable to book your tickets in advance for these events. 

Members can call to the museum to pick up their concession tickets. 

The event is: NT Live: Hansard (Live)

It will be shown in SGC Dungarvan on Thursday 7th November 2019 at 7 p.m. 

Sunday 10th November & Tuesday 12th November 2019 42nd Street - The Musical in SGC Cinema

We have another special for our Museum members in 
conjunction with SGC Cinema.  Members can avail of reduced rates to 
events courtesy of Mr. Eugene Tobin, Manager SGC Cinema, Dungarvan. 

It is advisable to book your tickets in advance for these events. 

Members can call to the museum to pick up their concession tickets. 

The event is: 42nd Street - The Musical  

It will be shown in SGC Dungarvan on at 4.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.Sunday 10th November 2019 

and again at

7.30 p.m. on Tuesday 12th November 2019

Children's Event in the Museum at Halloween

Two scary visitors to the Museum at Halloween
 Our Halloween event for children was another great success!

The children made their own Halloween masks to take home.

Thanks to museum staff member Tony Hayes and his artistic team for organising the event. 

 We look forward to having more children’s events in the museum in the coming                                                   months.
Information will be in the local newspapers, on Facebook and Twitter.

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo?  If so, please let us know by phone at (058) 45960 or email at info@waterfordmuseum.ie

Decies - Historical Journal on sale in Waterford County Museum

Decies, (vol. 75), the historical journal of the Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society is on sale in Waterford County Museum for €20.00.

This book has contributions from Eddie Cantwell, Chrissie Knight-O’Connor and Cian Flaherty.  Niall O’Mahony who had work placement in the museum while studying in U.C.C. also has a piece about “The Morris Papers” which are in the museum archive.

Donation of painting to the Museum

Maighread O'Riordan donating the painting of Mrs. Murphy to William Fraher, Museum Curator

The museum has received a donation of a painting of Mrs. Murphy, fish seller by American artist Velma Sorensen Limmeroth.  The painting won first prize at Tillamook County Fair and Maighread brought it from the United States for the museum.

The history of the painting is that Velma was very touched by a poem that Michael Wright had written about Mrs. Murphy and after hearing her history from Maighread, she decided to paint the picture.  Michael passed away while Velma was painting the picture and Velma added the Mat Hatter’s hat in his memory.  This painting has been seen online and was part of an art exhibition in the United States.

Velma has donated it to the museum in the memory of Mrs. Murphy and Michael Wright R.I.P.  The painting can be viewed in the museum.

Thank you to Mary Giblin

Mary Giblin retired from her post as Treasurer of the Museum this week.

We are very grateful to Mary for all the hard work she has done over the years.  

The Museum is delighted that Mary has decided to remain on the Committee.

Talk by William Fraher in Sailing Club

Some of those attending William's Talk in the Sailing Club

William Fraher’s talk ‘Wretched & Unsanitary - Working Class Houses in Dungarvan 1800 -1970’ took place in the wonderful surroundings of Dungarvan Harbour  Sailing Club premises on Dungarvan Quay.  The talk was very well attended and was certainly an eye opener, with lots of questions at the end of the talk.

Our sincere thanks to Austin Flynn and the Dungarvan Harbour sailing club for allowing us the use of their excellent premises for our talks. It has been a huge success with large numbers  attending the lectures.

Stories from Old Newspapers

Waterford News 3 November 1922

Pilot Thomas Murray, Abbeyside.

The death occurred a few days ago rather unexpectedly of Pilot Thomas Murray of Abbeyside, Dungarvan, a man well known in this locality….He had reached a good old age, probably up to 80 years.  He had been for a number of years a pilot in the town, and was well known as Captain Murray.  He had sailed to almost every portion of the known world, and many years ago he was precluded from following his avocation of a sailor by the loss of the right arm in an accident.

On coming home he took up the work of pilot, and many a vessel he guided into the harbour, avoiding the sand banks….What adds to the melancholy character of his death is the fact that he was one of the four who went to meet the S.S. Cargan on coming into harbour a fortnight ago as their boat capsized, and one of the hands, Maurice Noonan, was lost.  Captain Murray on the occasion was submerged in the water, but clinging onto the boat with one hand he was rescued, but the submersion told on his aged frame, and he never received his older vigour.  He died a Christian death….surrounded by his people.

An old affection was held for him in the town, his voice could often be heard at the Look Out directing boats in the harbour.  He was good humoured and well skilled in the duties he had taken up.  As an old man it was a treat to hear him recount the changes of the times with respect to the inhabitants of Abbeyside.  There where many ruins lie, showing where happy families once lived, he could tell you of the former residents.

He had children but they are all gone away to other parts, and they will hear of his demise with much sorrow.

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo?  If so, please let us know.

Stories from Old Newspapers

Dungarvan Observer 1 April 1961

Unveiling of Plaque to Irish Scholar at Bonmahon

‘A plaque will be unveiled at Seafield, Bonmahon at 3p.m. on Monday next, April 3rd, to mark the place where the first college for the teaching of the Irish language was founded in 1830 by Philip Barron.  An appropriate plaque was presented by An Bord Failte to the County Waterford National Monuments Advisory Committee…The unveiling ceremony will be performed by the President of the Gaelic League and the attendance will include a number of the delegates to the Gaelic League Congress which will be held in Waterford city over the Easter weekend. Philip Barron has been described as the first Gaelic Leaguer and born in 1802.

The Irish college which he founded is said to have been wantonly destroyed by a local family who harbored a sense of grievance against the Barron family.  As a result of his political activities Philip Barron had to leave Ireland and live in France.  He died in 1860’.  
Aine Ui Fhoghlu gave a comprehensive presentation to the Museum Society on Philip Barron.  The plaque is no longer in place and it is now time that a new plaque be erected in the vicinity to celebrate his achievement.

Tuesday 29th October 2019 - Event in SGC Cinema

“Leonardo The Works” 
– Leonardo da Vinci as you have never seen him before

Leonardo da Vinci is acclaimed as the world's favourite artist.  Many TV shows and feature films have showcased his extraordinary genius but often not examined closely enough is the most crucial element of all: his art. Leonardo's peerless paintings and drawings will be the focus of “Leonardo: The Works” as EXHIBITION ON SCREEN presents every single attributed painting in Ultra HD quality.  This has never been seen before on the big screen.  Key works include: The Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, Lady with an Ermine, Ginevra de Benci, Madonna Litta, Virgin of the Rocks and more than a dozen others.  This film also looks afresh at Leonardo's life, his inventiveness, his sculptural skills, his military foresight and his ability to navigate the treacherous politics of the day through the prism of his art.  To be released on the 500th anniversary of his death, this is the definitive film about Leonardo: the first to truly tell the whole story.  This is a show not to be missed.  

Tickets at a reduced rate are available at the Museum on Friary Street, courtesy of Eugene Tobin, SGC Dungarvan. 

Venue:               SGC Cinema Dungarvan

Date:                 Tuesday 29th October 2019

Time:                 7.30 p.m.

Thursday 31st October 2019 - Children's Halloween Event in the Museum


Waterford County Museum invite Children
and their parents to participate in a free event

Make your own Halloween Mask!

 Venue:    Waterford County Museum, Dungarvan

 Date:   Thursday 31st October 2019

Time:          11a.m. – 1p.m.   

Age 8+ years

All children must be accompanied by an adult

Materials will be provided.

Spaces on this event are limited and participants are required to book in advance.

Contact us by email:   info@waterfordmuseum.ie

Or phone: (058) 45960

Wednesday 30th October 2019 - A Talk by William Fraher in Dungarvan Sailing Club

Wretched and Unsanitary - Working Class Housing in Dungarvan
 1800 - 1970

William Fraher
A Talk by William Fraher

This is the first detailed research to be undertaken on the type of houses in which the poorer citizens of  Dungarvan lived from the 19th to the 20th century.  Descriptions of Dungarvan by 18th and 19th century travel writers comment on the amount of 'cabins' to be seen all around the town especially on the roads and streets leading out from the centre.  These had thatched roofs and stone or mud walls with one, or at the most, two rooms. The shocking aspect is the number of people who occupied these tiny spaces - sometimes eight to twelve people. Houses were built by the Marquis of Waterford and the Duke of Devonshire in the1820s as part of the activities surrounding the 1826 election. These houses were solidly built and appear to have had slate roofs but were still being lived in up until the 1950s and 1960s when they had become totally unsuitable.  Sometimes the slum dwellings were owned by members of councils which meant that nothing happened apart from issuing an 
order to the landlord to the repair the property. Willie will also talk about the new housing developments initiated by the council -Loughmore, Cathal Brugha Place, Dr Caseyville and Murphy Place. These were a vast improvement on the slum dwellings but they were not without controversy. Issues with sewage, high rents, faulty doors and windows, and leaks were reported in the local papers. The Murphy Place development was one of the first in Ireland to employ direct labour.

Tobin brothers at Shandon Street, Dungarvan ( Note the half door).

William Fraher is by now recognised as the foremost historian in Dungarvan. His contribution to the history of the town and surrounding area is unequalled. This talk takes place at the wonderful Dungarvan Sailing Club venue on the quay, a location for which we are very grateful.

To hear more - come along, take a seat and enjoy a drink, as you listen to this illustrated talk on Wed 30th October at 8p.m. There will be a €5 entrance fee, and as usual, all are welcome.

Venue:          Dungarvan Sailing Club, Davitt's Quay, Dungarvan.

Date:             Wednesday 30th October 2019.

Time:            8 p.m.

Admission:   €5

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo taken in Abbeyside Tennis Club in 1950s?
 If so, please let us know

Stories from Old Newspapers

Dungarvan Observer 4 February 1961

‘Jack Aranson and Mary Rose McMaster have returned to Ireland after five years in America.  During that time, they appeared in several plays in New York, on T.V. and toured the States extensively mainly in a Shakespeare programme. Orson Welles with whom Jack Aranson appeared in ‘King Lear’ on Broadway, has personally given him the sole rights of his adaption of Moby Dick.We learn this Company will play in Dungarvan on the 12th and 14th of February and have stood down on Monday night 13th so that the Dungarvan Harriers patrons could have the amenities of the Friary Hall.  What a sporting and noble gesture’.

Mary Rose McMaster (1926-2018) was the daughter of actor Anew McMaster.  She married American actor Jack Aranson and they founded a production company.  Her biography of her father was published in 2018 – A Life Remembered: A Memoir of Anew McMaster.  Anew McMaster appeared in many dramatic productions in Dungarvan.  Mary Rose died in her 90s in America.

17th October 2019 - "A Midsummer Night's Dream" Live in SGC Cinema Dungarvan

The Theatre becomes the forest – a dream world of flying fairies, contagious frogs and moonlight revels.  This comes live from the Bridge Theatre and stars Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) & Oliver Chris, (Green Wing) with a full supporting celebrity cast.

Tickets are now available at a reduced rate at the Museum on Friary Street thanks to Eugene Tobin, SGC Dungarvan.  This very highly rated show and comes live to SGC Dungarvan at 8 p.m. on 17th October 2019.  You are advised to purchase your tickets early.

It should be noted that the Bridge Theatre, where the show is running, requests that under 16s be accompanied by an adult.

"Butlerstown Revisted" - Launch of new Book

“Butlerstown Revisited” was launched recently.  It is the second volume published by Meitheal Staire Butlerstown.  There are many articles in it on local people, places and events, including one on Claude Chavasse, whose portrait is on display in the museum, kindly given by ‘The Friends of the National Collections’.

This attractively produced book is on sale for €12.00.

Stories from Old Newspapers

Waterford News & Star 25/5/1923

Mr. James Larkin in Dungarvan

Mr. James Larkin addressed a large Labour meeting on the Square, Dungarvan, on Wednesday.  The Labourers marched in a body from the Town Hall, a piper playing, the men proceeding four deep.  Mr. Butler T.D. presided, and introduced the speakers, among whom were Messrs T. Ryan, Waterford, and Organiser Baird, Belfast.

Mr. Larkin who was received with cheers, recounted the early efforts of his to forward the cause of the labourers in England, Scotland, and Wales, also in Belfast, and then in Dublin. In speaking of Belfast, he said there were 870 men, 320 women and 139 children shot down by special constables.  Referring to the political situation, he said that Mr. de Valera made certain proposals and the Premier replied: he said the republicans must swear allegiance to the English King.  But many Kings had lost their jobs, and King George may lose his, too, before very long.  In the Dail there were 36 men, and of these, twenty hold office, and this without getting back to their constituents.  The farmers made millions by the blood lust during the war, and they want to cut down the men’s wages now.  There were 85 million pounds in the banks, but the labourers had none of it.  He called on them to have peace, to strengthen the union, and work for a worker’s republic.

Photo of the Week

Do you recognise anyone in this photo of three ladies enjoying a picnic on Clonea Beach c1950s?
If so, please let us know.

8th October 2019 - Royal Opera: Don Giovanni Live in SGC Cinema

We have another  special for our Museum members in 
conjunction with SGC Cinema.  Members can avail of reduced rates to 
events courtesy of Mr. Eugene Tobin, Manager SGC Cinema, Dungarvan. 

It is advisable to book your tickets in advance for these events. 

Members can call to the museum to pick up their concession tickets. 

The event is: Royal Opera: Don Giovanni - Live 

It will be shown in SGC Dungarvan on Tuesday 8th October 2019 at 6.45 p.m. 

Stories from Old Newspapers

Dungarvan Leader 11 February 1950

Tom Tobin, writer of the Spotlight column in the Leader received a letter from Thomas D McCue (native of Abbeyside and brother of Jack McCue) in San Francisco relating to the first Irish ship flying the tricolor to pass through the Golden Gate:

‘On Thursday morning January 27 I witnessed one of the greatest thrills of my exiled life when the first Irish ship ‘Irish Plane’ first to fly the Irish flag, sailed through the Golden Gate…Later in the day I had the pleasure of visiting the ship and meeting a young man from Dungarvan, Michael Shalloe, who is a cadet aboard her…In a very short time my son Capt James McCue and myself had him travelling around San Francisco seeing the sights.  Later…my daughters, Mrs James P Moloney and Mrs Frank J Mealy, known in Abbeyside as Margaret and Dorothy McCue entertained our visitor to dinner.  My sister Aileen McCue enjoyed Michael’s visit very much as she knew his father’.

The ship was built in England for Irish Shipping Ltd and the captain was Patrick Frank Kelly Jr. Also at the Official welcome were the Irish consul, Patrick Hughes, and Phil O’Rourke the head of the radio operators union and the Irish Freedom League. 

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo of a group of tennis players at the tennis courts, Coolagh Road, Abbeyside, c 1950?  If so, please let us know.

Thursday 24th October 2019 - Museum A.G.M.

The Museum A.G.M. will take place in the museum on Friary Street, Dungarvan on Thursday 24th October at 8 p.m. 

We look forward to meeting current and new members on the night.

Culture Night in the Museum

Julian Walton - Guest Speaker

Waterford County Museum held an event on Friday 20th September for Culture Night.  It was entitled ‘Reading the Past – County Waterford People and Places’. 
A big thank you to our guest speakers who read from published and unpublished works focusing on County Waterford from the 17th to the 20th century.

The event was a huge success and we were delighted with the large number in attendance.  After the readings everyone enjoyed the chat and refreshments. 

William Fraher - Curator

John Daly - Guest Speaker
Eddie Cantwell - Guest Speaker

Nicolas O'Griofain - Guest Speaker

Christina Flynn, Museum President - Guest Speaker

Book Sale

Books Wanted

We are now collecting books for our annual book sale which will take place shortly.  Please no magazines, text books or encyclopaedias.  Books must be in good condition.

Books can be dropped into the museum in Friary Street from Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland visit the Museum

A group of people from Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland visited the museum on Wednesday 25th September.  They were on holiday in Waterford and spent the afternoon in Dungarvan.  The curator William Fraher gave them a tour of the museum and they were particularly interested in the Irish Artist, Sarah Purser and her connection to Dungarvan.

The museum is always delighted to welcome community groups, schools and local history societies.  

Terry Family visit the Museum

The Terry family of Wisconsin were recent visitors to Dungarvan.  Nicholas Graves and Eddie were delighted to meet up with the family whose roots are at Ardo, Ardmore, and at Garranbane.  Left of the picture is Kevin Terry from Cork who is a serious Terry researcher.  Far right is David Terry of Wisconsin and next to him is his wife. Eddie shares information with both John and David.  Also in the picture, third from left is an Australian Lady, Hazen Cleary who is researching her O'Brien roots here in Dungarvan.  Hazen has a direct connection to Francis Xavier O'Brien.  A memorial is erected to him at the 360 cookhouse, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan.

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo of Dungarvan Literary Club from 1960s?  If so, please let us know.

Stories from Old Newspapers

Dungarvan Leader 4 February 1950

Laying foundation stone of new TB sanatorium, Ardkeen.

Tom Tobin in his ‘Spotlight’ column reported on the laying of the foundation stone of the new TB unit by Minister for Health Dr. Noel Browne.

Public representatives for all over the county were present as well as the County Manager, Mr. S. J. Moynihan.  County Secretary Mr. J. G. Dowling, council officials, engineers and all those associated with the building of this great sanatorium in which will take place the never ending fight against Ireland’s bitter enemy – T.B.

One of the early arrivals on the scene was His Lordship, Most Rev. Dr Cohalan, Bishop of Waterford and Lismore.  The Bishop assisted by the Rev Father R. Coady blessed the site…and the minister turned the first sod and immediately afterwards he was presented with a silver trowel by Mr. Murphy, contactor.  Later on the steps of the tall and massive mansion [Ardkeen House built by John Malcomson c.1869] and facing a large and representative gathering the Minister spoke of his great plans to end Ireland’s greatest scourge…Afterwards an informal reception was held in Ardkeen House.

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