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26th - 28th April 2019 Waterford Festival of Food, Dungarvan

Waterford County Museum opening hours during the Waterford Festival of Food are:

Friday          26th April:   10.00 - 17.00

Saturday      27th April:   14.00 - 17.00

Sunday        28th April:   11.00 - 13.00

Waterford County Museum visitors during March and April

We have had visitors to the museum from many parts of the world including New York, Hong Kong and Brazil, as well as many parts of Ireland and the United Kingdom during the past few months.  Several of the visitors left lovely messages in our visitors book.

A person from Hong Kong said "Fabulous exhibition".

Another from Shrewsbury said "Lovely look back through history".

A visitor from Dublin said "Very well presented and interesting".

Some other comments are:  "A step back in time, a memory of family past" and "wonderful photos and detail".

We look forward to welcoming many more people during the summer months.

Walk at 3 to St Mary's Parish Church

On Wednesday last, April 24th we had the final walk of the series of walks to buildings and places of historical interest. William Fraher gave an introduction to the group in the museum before visiting St. Mary's Parish Church.  Once again, a large group attended and enjoyed the lecture. 

The Talks and Walks at 3 Series on Wednesday afternoons during March and April proved to be a great success with large groups in attendance each week.

Check on our Waterford County Museum website, Facebook and in local papers for further talks in the future.

Stories from Old Newspapers

Coming of Age of Richard Keane, Cappoquin House, 7 January 1930

This party was also significant in that it marked the completion, after eight years, of the restoration of Cappoquin House after it was burned by Republicans on 19 February 1923.  For further details see Glascott Symes’s book: Sir John Keane and Cappoquin House in time of war and revolution, Four Courts Press, 2016.

Dungarvan Observer 11 January 1930

There was an enormous gathering drawn from all parts of the county at Cappoquin House on Tuesday night to celebrate the coming of age of Mr Richard Michael Keane, only son of Senator John Keane, Bart, and Lady Keane. The function at which over 200 persons were present, was most elaborate.  Cappoquin House, the stately ancestral home of the Keane family, built in 1760, was burned down in the troubled times…but has since been reconstructed. Except the ornamentation, all the reconstruction work was done by local labour, and the new house is a replica in every detail with the original.  The workers on the estate presented Mr Keane with a handsome new gun to mark the occasion.  The celebration was remarkable for the variety and design of the ladies’ dresses, and the entertainment was one of the more brilliant of the season.  Amongst those present were – Sir Henry and Lady Dobbs, Senator Bagwell and Mrs Bagwell, Captain Alexander, Archdeacon Burkitt, Sir John and Lady Godfrey, Lady Gordon, Captain H and Mrs Smyth, Lady and Miss Musgrave, Mr Beverly Grant Ussher, Mr Henry Villiers-Stuart, Dermot McGillicuddy, Mrs Chearnley, Mr Ambrose Coghill, Mrs De la Poer and party, Rev J Going, Mr T. C. Williams, Solicitor, etc.

Photo of the Week

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Adopt a Monument Workshop and Networking Event

Christina O’Connor and Eddie Cantwell attended the Adopt a Monument Workshop and Networking Event with other members of the Adopt a Monument Groups from around the country on Friday last.  The event took place at the Radisson Hotel in Athlone.  Attending also were County Councils, Community Archaeologists and the Heritage Council.  This was an opportunity for Adopt a Monument groups to meet and share stories about their sites and experiences.  The presentations outlined the story of the particular sites and why they applied and were accepted as part of the Adopt a Monument scheme.  As part of the event, along with the other groups the Dungarvan group were asked to deliver a short informal presentation about their site, what they have achieved as part of the scheme and what their future plans are. The group’s achievements and what they hope to accomplish in the future were outlined by Chrissy who was first to speak and did the Museum proud with her talk on the Gallows Hill Project and what Waterford Community Archaeology: Gallows Hill Community Group have achieved to date.  There were then round table talks with Heritage officers and Adopt a Monument personnel which took us into the late evening.

Walk and Talk at 3 on 17th April 2019

Dungarvan Town Park / Lookout / Swimming Pool / St Mary's Parish Church

On Wednesday last, April17th we had another walk to buildings and places of historical interest. William Fraher gave an introduction to the group in the museum before visiting the Dungarvan Town Park / Lookout / Swimming Pool and St. Mary’s Church of Ireland.

A large group again attended and enjoyed the lecture. 

24th April 2019 - Walks and Talks at 3 in the Museum - St Mary's Parish Church

Our final walk will be on next Wednesday, 24th April to St Mary’s Parish Church. 

It will begin as usual at 3 p.m. in the museum where a brief introduction will be given before setting out on the walk.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

Check on our Waterford County Museum website, Facebook and in local papers for further talks in the future.

18th May 2019 National Drawing Day

Waterford County Museum take part in National Drawing Day

National Drawing Day organised by the National Gallery of Ireland takes place on Saturday 18th May 2019.

Waterford County Museum are delighted to be part of this nationwide event. 

Children’s Drawing Workshop:  11 – 13.00 p.m.

Please note this is limited to ten and places must be booked in advance.

A Talk by artist A. C. Hayes  -  Different Approaches to Drawing – Klee, Halbine, Solle Witt, Hockney:     1.30 – 2 p.m.

Guided Tour of Paintings, Drawings and Prints
Curator William Fraher will give a guided tour of pictures currently on display in the museum and explain their history.    2 – 2.45 p.m.

Adult Drawing Workshop:  3.15 – 5 p.m.
Limited to 12 places which must be booked in advance.

For further details and to book places contact us at 058 - 45960 or at info@waterfordmuseum.ie

Stories from Old Newspapers

The Clashmore 'Wool Pluckers'

Waterford Mail 4 March 1858

'Anastasia Handlon and Margaret Curtin were indicted for stealing on the 21st of January, 21lbs weight of wool at Clashmore, the property of Major Dent. Mr George Q.C. stated the case, which was one of plucking wool off the sheep's backs from the effects of which the animals died. Michael Magrath - I know Major Charles Dent; I was his Shepherd in January last. On the morning of the 22nd I went out to look after the sheep, and saw ten of them were plucked...one of them died in a few days. In eight or nine days after I went to Dungarvan, and saw a quantity of wool with Constable Hearn, black, white and grey. I examined the wool and am able to say that is the wool that was taken from the sheep's backs'.

Patrick Healy, Mr Dent's steward corroborated Magrath's evidence. The court heard that the two women were assisted by John Curran, Thomas Cremin, John Hearty, Margaret Handlon and John Kirby. 

'Catherine Dee servant to Mrs Cremin at Abbeyside, proved that the prisoners sold 29lbs of wool to her at 6d a lb. Her mistress paid ten shillings at the time, and next day 4s and 6d. On hearing afterwards that the wool was stolen she gave it up to the police. Mr Triphook, Governor of the county jail, stated that the two women had five previous convictions and they were sentenced to 18 months.

Photo of the Week

                  Can you identify the people and place in this photo?  If so please let us know.

Stories from Old Newspapers

Waterford News 14 December 1866

Arrest of a National Schoolmaster

A man named William Carroll, national schoolmaster at Ring, whilst drunk in Dungarvan on Saturday night last, made use of seditious language in the public streets, shouting at the top of his voice for the Fenians, that [James] Stephens was in Ireland, and that he knew it, and that he has a Fenian himself.
This misguided fellow was cautioned several times to desist from using such expressions and to go home , but the more he was cautioned  the more he showed his determination, until at length he was arrested by the constabulary, and brought before Captain W F Barry, R.M., who committed him to the bridewell, for further examination. I am informed he has a wife and four children depending on him, and he must be a very foolish man to remain in town conducting himself in so bad a manner amongst the peaceable inhabitants, who never sympathised with this deluded and misguided class of persons, whose object is not national but freedom spoilation, plunder, and destruction.     

23rd April 2019 Talk by Dr. Edward Jolie

"Archaeology and Woven Artefacts at Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, U.S.A., a UNESCO World Heritage Site"

An illustrated talk by Dr. Edward Jolie

Waterford County Museum, Dungarvan are delighted that Dr. Jolie has agreed to give us a talk on recent developments in the archaeology of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  He also considers insights from the study of long-neglected perishable artifacts that provide clues to sociocultural diversity and political developments in Chaco Canyon between the 9th and 12th centuries A.D.

Dr. Jolie is Assistant Professor of Anthropology / Archaeology at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.

Venue:             Dungarvan Sailing Club, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan.

Date:               Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Time:               7.30 p.m.

Admission:      €5.00

The proceeds of the talk will go towards further Archaeological research at Gallows Hill, Dungarvan.

17th April 2019 - Walks & Talks at 3

Our Walk and Talk series on Wednesday afternoons with walks to buildings / places of historical interest continues on Wednesday next, 17th April with a walk entitled:

"Dungarvan Park / Lookout / Swimming Pool".

Venue:              Meet at Waterford County Museum

Date:                17th April 2019

Time:                3 p.m.

Admission:       Free

Meet at Waterford County Museum where a brief introduction will be given before the walk.

10th April 2019 Walks and Talks Series - Augustinian Church

Some photos of the large group of people enjoying the first in our series of walks to buildings and places of historical interest in Dungarvan.  The walk was to the Augustinian Church on Wednesday 10th April.

Photo of the Week

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Farewell to Niall

We were very sorry to say goodbye to Niall O’Mahony from U.C.C. who finished work placement in the museum on Friday 5th April.  He was of great assistance to both the museum committee and the museum staff.  Good luck Niall with your M.A. course and future career.

March / April Spring Programme of Events - Talks and Walks at 3

Our March / April Spring Programme of Events is proving to be extremely popular with large audiences each Wednesday afternoon enjoying the talks on subjects of local historical interest in our popular programme of Walks and Talks at Three.  

On Wednesday last Historian Julian Walton gave an talk entitled “The Hore Family of Shandon House, Dungarvan”. We again had a large attendance for the interesting talk and afterwards all enjoyed some refreshments.

Photo of the Week

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5th May 2019 Dromana Day of talks - In Pursuit of the Heiress

There will be a day of talks on Sunday 5th May 2019 entitled In Pursuit of the Heiress which are sure to be of interest to many people.  The talks will be given by Julian Walton, Judy Brittain, Dr. Kieran Groeger and Dr. Dagmar O'Riain-Raedel. 

Enquiries and booking email: info@dromanahouse.com
Tel: 086 8186305

Venue:            Dromana House, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford

Date:              Sunday 5th May 2019

Time:             10.30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Admission:    €70 per person or €125 for two persons which includes morning coffee, lunch and                                 afternoon tea.

Stories from Old Newspapers

Dublin Evening Post - 19th Nov 1796

To be let for a long term of years, and to commence from the 1st instant, or the interest to be sold, in the town of Cappoquin, a large and extensive Corn Stores, with three lofts, a most excellent new kiln, a quay and a spacious yard , which would answer for building on.
This concern is situate on the navigable river Blackwater, and close to the wooden bridge.  No situation can be more eligible for mercantile business, as a vessel can come up quite close to the end of the shore; it is in the heart of great corn country, the new road now made from Lismore and Cappoquin to the county of Tipperary must be of infinite service to any person engaged in the corn or timber business in the town of Cappoquin.  Proposals will be received by Mr. John Power of Affane and Mr John Hearne of Cappoquin will show the store and concern to any person who wishes to view them.

Near 200 barrels of choice old wheat to be sold at said store - November 7 1796

10th April 2019 Walk & Talk at 3pm - William Fraher, Augustinian Church

As part of the Talks and Walks at 3 - Waterford County Museum March/April 2019, the next event will be a walk and talk led by William Fraher, Museum Curator, on the Augustinian Church, Dungarvan.

A brief introduction will be given at the Museum before visiting the church.

Venue:        Waterford County Museum, St. Augustine Street, Dungarvan

Date:           Wednesday 10th April 2019

Time:           3pm

Admission:  Free 

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