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Happy Birthday Julian Walton


Julian Walton

We wish to send our congratulations and best wishes to historian, former museum trustee and generous donor, Julian Walton, on his 80th birthday this Tuesday. A full celebration for family and friends is not possible at the moment, but this will be arranged at some future date. 

Julian Walton

As well as being arguably the pre-eminent Waterford historian, Julian's long running radio programme on WLR FM "On This Day" introduced many people to the joy of local history. He has been very supportive of local heritage groups across the county large and small (including Waterford County Museum). This inclusive approach did much to foster the next generation of Waterford local historians. 

Julian is a former secondary schoolteacher and librarian with a lifelong interest in Irish history and genealogy, particularly relating to Co. Waterford.  During the 1990s he worked at Waterford Heritage Genealogical Centre, where among other assignments he undertook the conservation of Waterford Cathedral Library.  He was then employed at the library of University College Cork in the cataloguing of older printed books.

Since he ‘retired’ in 2006 he has been Resident Historian at Dunhill Multi-Education Centre in Co. Waterford, where he lectures on aspects of local history. He is the author of The Royal Charters of Waterford and of many articles in historical journals, especially The Irish Genealogist and Decies (Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society), and is a former editor of both journals.  His most recent publications are On This Day volumes one and two, which comprise historical snippets based on a series which he presented on Waterford Local Radio between 1994 and 2012.

He is currently researching the history of Curraghmore with the assistance of William Fraher and Marianna Lorenc. He is also an active member of the Bookplate Society.


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