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Lismore College
Waterford Standard 2 January 1886

An advert noted that the patron was the Duke of Devonshire.  The Headmaster was Albert A. Honey M.A., formerly Headmaster of Cowper’s House School, Huntington.  The Second Master was H. S. Fawssett ‘late of Exeter College Oxford’.  The ‘Foreign Master’ was Monsieur J. Graziano.

“Sons of Gentlemen are prepared for University, Army, Legal and Medical Professions, Bank of Ireland, Civil Service and Intermediate Examinations.  All the pupils (twelve in number) sent up for the Bank Intermediate, Royal University and Queen’s College, Cork last year were successful.  Particulars of these examinations, with the honors gained, will be sent on application.  There were no failures.

The highest references can be given to parents respecting the diet, moral tone of the school, care taken of young pupils, etc.

Under the present Head Mastership, the school has steadily increased during the past three years, and a proof of its growing popularity is that English and others removed from English schools are now at Lismore”.

Adult's Drawing Workshop on National Drawing Day 2019

Some photos from the Drawing Workshop in Waterford County Museum on May 18th during National Drawing day 2019.

Stories from old newspapers



William Allen, Michael O'Brien and Michael Larkin were hanged on 23 November 1867 for the murder of a policeman in Manchester.  They were members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood.  The Rev. James Anderson O.S.A. (1838-1903) was an enthusiastic supporter of the Fenians which explains why the Mass was held in St. Augustine's.  For more information on Father Anderson see: "The Father Anderson Story" by James Flynn 2012.


"The month's memory for the three Manchester victims, Allen, Larkin and O'Brien, was held in the Augustinian Church, Dungarvan, on last Monday morning, at eight o'clock.  Owing to the severity of the weather and a misunderstanding as to the hour appointed, the attendance was not as large as it otherwise would have been.  The vacuum thus created was, however, made up by her Majesty's Royals, who largely attended throughout the entire ceremony, and seemed to pay the strictest attention, or I would rather say devotion, to everything and everybody.  The Rev. Mr. Quinlan, Adelaide, was celebrant; the Rev. T.A. Anderson, O.S.A., and the Rev. N. Cesaretti, O.S.A. assisting.

The church and altar were draped in mourning... on the catafalque were strewn branches of box-wood and other emblems of mourning.  I may mention that the first high Mass and office said in Ireland for these brave Irish Patriots was celebrated in the Augustinian church, Dungarvan on the morning of Monday 28th November 1867.

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Drawing Day 2019 in Waterford County Museum

National Drawing Day which is organised by the National Gallery of Ireland took place on Saturday 18th May.  

Waterford County Museum took part in the event and it was a huge success. 

                                                                                                       In the morning a large group of children enjoyed the Drawing Workshop.

This was followed by a talk on "Different Approaches to Drawing" by A. C. Hayes. 

The Adult’s Drawing Workshop took place in the afternoon after a guided tour by the curator William Fraher of the paintings, drawings and prints in the museum.

Two of the pictures, which are recent acquisitions to the museum, “The G.P.O. 1916” by Robert Ballagh and “The Corinthian Cup 1854” by Waterford artist Michael Angelo Hayes were discussed in the tour.

                                "The G.P.O. 1916" by Robert Ballagh

           “The Corinthian Cup 1854” by Waterford artist Michael Angelo Hayes

Museum Member's Trip 2019

The museum member’s trip this year was to Bantry, Co. Cork.  The trip included visits to Gougane Barra, Garnish Island, Beal na Bláth and the Michael Collins Centre.  The weather was beautiful and trip was another great success.  It was very well organised and enjoyed by everybody.

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Stories from Old Newspapers


Waterford Mail 29 March 1837

Wednesday 29th

Sweepstakes of five sovereigns each, to which will be added fifty Sovereigns, given by Mr. Power, the member for the Borough, for County Waterford bred horses... to be run over a sporting country chosen by the stewards.  Weight for Age - 3 year old, 9st 7lbs; 4 year old 10st 7lbs; 6 year old, 11st. 13lbs; aged 12, 11st 11lbs, two mile heats, one shilling in the pound to be paid by each subscriber to the race for the money added- to be rode by the gentleman.
The winner of any Plate, Price, Steeple Chase, etc., to carry 5lbs extra.

Second Day, Thursday 30th.
Sweepstakes five sovereigns each, to which the stewards will add fifty for all horses carrying 12 stone - Two mile heats, to be rode by gentlemen over a sporting country.  A Hack Race, each day between the heats.

Horses to be entered with Mr. Andrew Brennan, Clerk of the Course, two days previous to the running.  Ordinaries observed each day at the Devonshire Arms, and a Ball on the evening of Wednesday 29th.

Stewards:  Lord Huntingdon, John Power, Esq., M.P.; Sir Nugent Humble, B??? Thomas Joseph Fitzgerald, John Keane, P.N. Barron, Esqrs.

29th May 2019 Meeting on Gallows Hill Wall Mural

All residents are invited to come along and share their thoughts for a wall mural at Gallows Hill. Last year children had great fun working with a local artist to create a temporary mural of the historic battles at Gallows Hill and Dungarvan.
If there is local interest, Waterford Walls will work with residents to create a design and situation that is suitable for the area. 
The more input from residents the better! Founded in 2015, Waterford Walls Project has a wealth of experience and created many murals around Waterford City in both urban and residential areas.
This will be a very informal get together so please come along to the Museum for a cuppa and share your thoughts or even better still get involved. 
Refreshments will be served.

Waterford County Museum, Friary Street, Dungarvan

Wednesday 29th May at 7pm

National Lottery Good Causes Awards 2019 for Gallows Hill Community Project

Waterford County Museum, Gallows Hill Community Project has been selected as a county winner in the National Lottery Good Causes Awards for 2019.

Well done and thank you to our amazing volunteers, local residents and volunteer committee members who have worked tirelessly on the project to date.  Hopefully we will progress to the National Finals but being selected in itself is an honour for the Museum society.

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Stories from Old Newspapers

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                            Dungarvan Observer 9 March 1918

Hygienic Bakery for Dungarvan – A. Moloney & Sons, Ltd., New Installation

    Within the past week one of the most up-to-date Hygienic Bakeries has been installed by the enterprising firm of A. Moloney and Sons, which is unequalled in finish and completeness in any provincial town in Ireland.

    In order to do so it was necessary to have a new premises erected, and this was done on a spacious site adjoining their corn stores and at the rear of Main Street.  The work was carried out under the supervision of Mr. Michael Mahony, Main Street, who has ere this proved himself an expert in the matter of such buildings.  The tiling, cementing, and outside work was carried out…by Mr. Thomas Butler and Sons, Church Street.  The new oven, which weighs 90 tons was erected by Messrs T.H. Tonge, Manchester, and the power by the National Gas Engine Co Ltd., Ashton-Under-Lyne.  The new bakery is 66 feet long by 26 feet wide.  It is divided into three compartments.  At the rear is the furnace room, in the centre the bakehouse, measuring 30 ft by 26ft, and outside is the engine room. The front of the oven is in white enameled brick.  Upstairs there is a loft capable of holding some hundreds of flour, and by means of a chute the flour can be sent…right into the kneader in the bakehouse…The oven…is able to bake 1½ sacks of flour every hour.  No hand touches the flour from beginning to end. 

18th May 2019 National Drawing Day in Waterford County Museum

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 Workshop11 – 1 p.m. 
Please note this is limited to ten participants and must be booked in advance.  Age group 10 years +

A Talk by artist A. C. Hayes  -  Different Approaches to Drawing – Paul Klee, Hans Holbein, Sol LeWitt and Paula Rego:  1.30 – 2 p.m.

Guided Tour of 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’s Drawing Workshop:  3.15 – 5 p.m. 
Limited to 12 places and must be booked in advance.

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

12th Annual West Waterford Festival of Foods

Waterford County Museum was open on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th April for West Waterford Festival of Food.  We were delighted with the number of visitors to the museum over the weekend.  There was great interest in the cycling material and in particular the penny farthing bicycles which are being exhibited at the moment.   

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Drowning Fatality at Ballinacurra – A Captain Lost

Waterford Standard 20 March 1901

A very sad and rather tragic fatality occurred at Ballinacurra late on Friday night, the victim being Patrick Christopher, captain or skipper of the three masted schooner Maria McMillian, a vessel belonging to a merchant in Dungarvan named McCarthy.  It appears that the deceased arrived with his vessel on Friday from Plymouth with a cargo of guano manure for a local merchant, and being engaged during the evening in doing some necessary business about the locality, returned to his vessel about 11 or 12 o’clock on Friday night when he accidentally fell into the tidal waters of Ballinacurra Quay, where the vessel was lying.  His body was found on Saturday at about 9.30 in low water, between the vessel and the quay.  Which would go to show that he missed his footing…Deceased who bore an excellent character, was aged about 35 and was unmarried, his native place being Dungarvan.

John Young in his Maritime & General History of Dungarvan has the following details on this schooner:

Built at Ardrossan by Barr in 1862.  She was then owned by Fisher & Co, registered in Barrow and Lancaster.  The crew were: Captain Whelan, Patrick Christopher and Captain Gibbons.  Her dimensions were 80ftx20ftx10ft.  While based in Dungarvan she was owned by the Moloney family.

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