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THE BALLYVOILE AMBUSH- a centenary study.


The Museum would like to congratulate Cian Flaherty and the Ballyvoyle History Group on their recent book publication:

THE BALLYVOILE AMBUSH- a centenary study.

This book was sponsored by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gealtacht, Sport and Media under the Decade of Centenaries 2012-2023 initiative and Waterford City and County Council Commemorations Committee.

This book is available at the Museum, we have a limited amount of this book and it is free of charge.


Stories From Old Newspapers


Dungarvan Observer February 1918


Lismore Coal Fund


"The poor will always be with us", is an old and true saying, but somehow or other they have appeared to be forgotten this season by our wealthy friends.  From time immemorial it has been the custom of traders to give presents at the festive season, but in 1916 some or we should say the majority of them failed to do so.  The excuse given, of course, was the war, which was a legitimate one.  On that occasion a collection was made and a quantity of firewood secured gratis, we understand, from the Duke of Devonshire.  Carters had to be paid for distributing some, and the result was poor helpless women had huge logs of firewood delivered to their doors for days.  It was then stated that this was a ruse of the traders to discontinue the custom of Christmas present, but we cannot vouch for the truth of that assertion.  The fact however remains, at 1917 Christmas neither presents or firewood had been given, and it is to this that we intend to chiefly allude.  The district of Dungarvan set us a worthy example in this respect-when they collected £163 odd and had distributed over 63 tons of coal to the deserving poor.  When are we to make a move here.  What are our City Fathers doing? Are there not tons of timber still in the locality knocked by the recent storm?  Surely the public men of the town are not going to allow the occasion to pass by.  The traders also, we are certain, will not be content until the wants of the poor are satisfied.  Any movement initiated with the object of planning a coal or timber fund for the poor will have our hearty co-operation.  Since the above was written a Jumble Sale in aid of the coal and timber fund organised by kind ladies in the district, has been held at the Courthouse. The sale was a splendid success, but the amount realised was nothing compared with what it should be if the traders co-operated the same as they did last year.




Stories From Old Newspapers


Stories from Old Newspapers


Waterford News 3rd August 1900


Dungarvan Improvements


What we want here is a few enterprising broad-minded businessmen who would now take advantage of the “rising tide " and give the town a push forward.  It must be admitted that members of the Urban District Council are doing their best... and cannot effect any radical alteration without taxing the people... Nature has done everything for Dungarvan, which if it were situated across the water... would, in 24 hours, make its fortune.  We have here a splendid landlocked harbour with miles upon miles of sanded beach for sea bathing, and with a foot bridge to the Cunnigar, which would cost inside of £ 1,000.

The railway company, who derive a considerable increase in their funding from the advantages offered to tourists by the situation and surroundings of the town, would no doubt, assist in the undertaking as they have done with the construction of the sea wall at Youghal.  The Urban District Council are now constructing a boat slip at the Promenade [The Lookout] and when this is completed it will be possible for tourists without any inconvenience to reach the boats from the end of the Promenade.

Another great want here is that visitors must wait for the tide morning and evening to have a “dip”, whereas at the very trifling cost, part of the bathing place could be enclosed by a concrete wall, and fresh sea water could be stored up, so that people could enjoy a bath at all hours of the day.  We trust this matter will receive the attention of the council.





Julian Walton Recipient of Major Genealogical Award


The Council of the Irish Genealogical Research Society have announced that the 2021 recipient of the Wallace Clare Award is Julian C. Walton, MA, FIGRS. "Julian has made a truly remarkable contribution to the study of Irish genealogy over five decades. Through his meticulous research and scholarly articles, his transcription of memorial inscriptions and his engaging communication of genealogical and local history topics, he has contributed greatly to the furtherance of ancestral research in Ireland."

Julian is a long time supporter and current Trustee of Waterford County Museum. On behalf of all in the museum I would like to congratulate him on this well deserved honour.


Stories From Old Newspapers


Dungarvan Observer editorial, 26 October, 1940


Were an invasion to be attempted, it can be taken as a certainty that an air armada would form the vanguard of the invading forces. Conquered Continental countries have experienced examples of this, and similar methods are being applied across-channel as a prelude to an invasion. This aspect of the situation must not be neglected.

The Old Borough of Dungarvan here is a very vulnerable seaport town. The dangers from bombing must be guarded against. Up-to-date fire-fighting appliances and an adequate number of well-trained A.R.P. warders are absolutely essential for the defence of the town, which by the way is already receiving admirable voluntary services from the Parish Council, Local Security Force, and Sub-Branch of the Irish Red Cross Society. It has been established since the bombing of the English Metropolis that civilian casualties are four to one of military. Many and varied are the ways A.R.P. wardens could act – even as auxiliaries to the Red Cross in the aiding of civilians in the event of any bombs being dropped. Dungarvan dwellers should be alive to the position, as well as the inhabitants of other towns. Every strictly necessary precautionary measure must be taken immediately to reduce the number of casualties in air raids.

Irish Ships Attacked

The Government Information Bureau has issued the following statement on behalf of the Dept of External Affairs:

‘The Irish-registered vessel, M.V. Edenvale (44 gross tons), was fired on by an aircraft at 6.15 p.m. on October 17, near Helvick Head, co Waterford. Members of the crew identified the aircraft as German. None of the crew was injured. The damage to the vessel is not serious. The Charge D’Affaires in Berlin has been instructed to lodge a protest with the German Government and to claim compensation’.

The Nazi had drafted “Operation Green” in the summer which included a plan to invade Ireland along the coast between Wexford and Dungarvan.

Visitors to Museum Nov 2021

A group of students from the The National Learning Network Co. Waterford. Who visited the museum on Tuesday 3rd November 2021. 

Stories from Old Newspapers


Dungarvan Observer 7 March 1925

Mr Miller’s Sweet Factory

In times of depression and trade stagnation, it is a cheerful thing to see new industries started and trade developed along the lines hitherto neglected. Recently we have had the opportunity afforded us of inspecting the sweet factory established by Mr Miller, Main Street, Dungarvan, and it is proof of what can be done by initiative and business enterprise combined and properly directed. There has always been and ever will be a demand for sweet things. The taste is not confined to children, as in most cases those who have left the stage of youth a considerable distance behind are as enthusiastic for delectable sweets as they were in the days of their youth.

To meet that demand and to cater for the general deficit in the matter of sweets of all sorts and to meet every palate, Mr Miller has spared no expense in equipping his new factory, and with a specially trained staff he is turning out his goods in the most finished style and up to the standard of the best and most famous manufacturers. In the hard days which have come on our country and which, we are told, are part of the freedom we have got, our people must be up and doing, and only in the development of our multifarious resources and the establishment of new industries ion a proper basis can we hope to achieve success. Mr Miller deserves well of the community at large for what he is doing…Now that the government are fostering the production of sugar beet, 20 acres of which will be grown in the County of Waterford this year, it is quite within the theory of probabilities that in a short time Mr Miller will be using locally manufactures sugar for his factory.  

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