Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this Abbeyside school class photo taken in 1916 at Hughes and Co. Photographic Studio, Dungarvan.  If so, please let us know.  This photograph is one of thousands available to view online on

Stories from Old Newspapers

Dungarvan Observer 26 January 1918

Out of Danger

The many friends of Mr. John Barron, the Square, Cappoquin, will be pleased to learn that he is now out of danger after his recent severe illness.  Mr. Barron, who is ship’s corporal on H.M.S. Revenge, arrived home on leave on New Year’s Day and was no sooner at the old homestead when he was stricken down with a fit of appendicitis, and has been under the care of Dr. William White.

Mr. Barron, prior to the outbreak of hostilities, was a constable in the R.I.C. and was stationed at Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.  He is a splendid oarsman and was a prominent member of Cappoquin Rowing Club, and many a time brought victory to the famous “Dark Blues”.  He is brother to Gunner J. Barron, R.G.A., who was wounded twice, and also brother of Driver W. Barron, R.F.A., who was killed about 12 months ago in action.  The three plucky Cappoquin men are sons of Mr. John Barron, baker, of Cappoquin.

9th January - 12 March 2020 - Dunhill History Lecture Series XIV

Series XIV, 2020

The series will run for ten weeks, every Thursday from 9 January to 12 March.  Lectures are held at Dunhill Multi-Education Centre (opposite the GAA grounds). 

Starting at 8 p.m., each lecture lasts about an hour and is followed by a question & answer session and light refreshments.

9 Jan        Julian Walton: “Eaten by a hog”: The early history of Kilmeadan

16 Jan       Liam Suipéal: Coastal Place names from Dungarvan to Youghal - an illustrated talk on our coastal heritage.

23 Jan       Niamh Crowley: Women, the vote, and Waterford

30 Jan       Julian Walton:  The Hore family of Dungarvan

6 Feb     William Fraher: Visualising the past: Waterford County Museum’s photographic archive

13 Feb  Julian Walton: Charles Newport Bolton (1816-1884) – artist, genealogist, and historian of Waterford Harbour

20 Feb      Christina Knight O’Connor and Eddie Cantwell: Investigations at Gallows Hill, Dungarvan - a community archaeology project

27 Feb       Dave Pollock: Finding medieval Stradbally

5 March     Eugene Broderick: Thomas Meagher (1789?-1874): the forgotten father of Thomas Francis Meagher

12 March   Julian Walton: A surprise!

Museum Christmas Party

We had a very enjoyable evening at this year’s Museum member’s Christmas party which was held in the museum.  Museum staff Miriam and Patricia along with committee member Mary Giblin prepared a tempting selection of treats which were enjoyed by all. 

Members were entertained by a selection of readings, poems and songs performed by Julian Walton, Willie Fraher, John Daly, Ann Mulqueen, Tomás Walsh, Joe Power and Nioclás ó Gríofáin.

Joe Power performing at the party
The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly the duets by Willie and Julian

Christmas Greetings

Merry Christmas to our members, donors and supporters from all at Waterford County Museum

Stories from Old Newspapers

Saunders News-Letter 9 June 1789

A lucky escape!

Monday last, a fishing wherry from Dungarvan, being four miles west of Ardmore Head, discovered a small boat, full of people, several of whom were employed in bailing out the water, which she had unavoidably taken in, on account of a rough sea.  The Dungarvan vessel approached to assist those distressed persons, whom it seems had been three days floating on the ocean. With little or no provision, and in danger of being every moment overset or foundering.  The crew consisted of four men and three women, who were endeavoring to get on board a brig, lying off Lundy, bound for Cork.  They were all brought safe to Dungarvan, early on Tuesday morning.

New Book on Coastal Placenames

Congratulations to Museum Society member Liam Suipéil on the publication of his book - "The Personality of a Coastline Logainmneacha agus scéalta ón chósta - Dún Garbhán go hEochaill".  Liam spoke to the Museum Society last year on this topic.

The first print run of the book is now sold out.

Photo of the Week

Can you identify anyone in this photo of the Dungarvan Town I.C.A. birthday dinner in the Ormond Hotel in 1964?
If so, please let us know.

February 2020 - The Sheare Street Social Club

The New Year will be kicked – off in dramatic fashion…make no mistake!  Watch this page!

In the meantime, we are still looking for photos of the ‘Sheare Street Social Club!’ We are also seeking information on the interior furnishings…CONTACT US if you have any information about this historical building!

There is a clue in the text of what will take place in early February...!

Stories from Old Newspapers

The Field 24 September 1859

A True Sportsman Gone

We have to lament the death of Dr Poole of Clashmore, Co Waterford, who has been more familiarly known to our readers as ‘Long Tom’, and whose contributions to our columns have been often welcomed by them. A correspondent has forwarded us the following notes: ‘Your late correspondent ‘Long Tom’ was the eldest son of the late Walter Croker Poole, Esq., formerly a Lieutenant in the 88th Regiment (Connaught Rangers), with which he served through the Peninsula War, and was wounded at Toulouse.

Our late friend was brought up to the medical profession, and graduated at Trinity College, Dublin.  During the time the cholera raged in Ireland in 1832, whilst a student, he volunteered to assist in the discharge of the duties of the Sligo Hospital, the cholera raging in that district with fearful violence. In early life he suffered much disappointment, because circumstances prevented him getting into the army. He found a recompense, however, in his complete love of field sports of every kind and was a most devoted follower of Izaack Walton.  Since his father’s death some six years ago, he resided in his property near Clashmore.  He was an antiquarian and a member of the Archaeological Society in Kilkenny.  The property of our deceased friend goes to his only brother, Wellington Wellesley Waterloo Poole, surgeon and serving on the staff in India, and who had previously served in the Cape and Crimea’.

Dr Poole died after only a few days illness, in the prime of life, and sincerely lamented.