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27th Edition of Sliabh gCua Annual 2021


This Annual is on sale in various outlets in the County, including Shalloe's Newsagents, 1 Grattan Square Dungarvan and Kenneth Shop, O' Connell Street Dungarvan.

Stories from Old Newspapers

 Dungarvan Leader 12th June 1943


Grand Irish Entertainment At Monalour, Melleray Cappoquin


On the evening of Ascension Thursday, June 3rd a grand All-Irish Entertainment was held at Moin-na-lobhar under the auspices of the local Irish Class, which was in charge of the well known Irish Teacher, Mr. Sean Prendergast who is also conducting very successful Irish classes for the Co. Waterford Vocational Education Committee at Cnoc-buidhe Carrig-na-gabher and Baile-na-sagarth, Lismore.  The weather proved gloriously fine for an open-air entertainment as the warm rays of the sun were tempered by refreshing and heather-scented breeze which blew down from the lofty Knockmealdown mountains, while the beautiful and stately buildings of the New Church and Monastery of Mount Melleray provided a delightful setting in the rich golden rays of the western sun.  A large and substantial stage had been erected in the open, and there was a wonderfully- large attendance of all the Irish Irelanders from every part of the wide and rugged area extending from Mount Melleray to Ballysaggart.  A stirring Irish Play entitled “The Heiress", which had been specially written by Mr. Sean Prendergast, was performed in faultless style by the various characters, who numbered 20, and all of whom were members of the local Irish class.  The rich and cultured "blas" of the vernacular was a predominent feature throughout, while the splendid acting of the various artists was a treat to witness and was a tribute to the careful training they had received from their patient and efficient teacher. Several stirring Irish songs and choruses figured in the play all of which were rendered with great purity and sweetness being all the more effective in the clam and serene surroundings of such a picturesque spot.  Several beautiful Irish dances were also performed by Mr. W. Farrell, Miss Brigid Tobin, Monalour, Mr. Frank McGrath, Boherberay and others, splendid music being provided by Mr. John O' Brien (violin), and Mr. Thos McGrath (piano-accordeon).  The large and enthusiastic audience present was delighted with the play and the general Entertainment, and Mr. Sean Prendergast the clever author of the play, was warmly complimented by all.   The stage had been kindly erected by Mr. Thos Tobin, Monalour, who also kindly gives the use of his house for the Irish classes, for which the teacher and all the pupils feel deeply grateful.



Christmas Greetings and Museum Opening Times

 Christmas Greetings

The President, curator and staff of Waterford County Museum would like to wish all our members, visitors and donors a very happy Christmas and a bright, healthy and prosperous New Year.




Monday                                     20th December 10.15am-4.45pm  

Tuesday                                     21st December 10.15am-4.45pm

Wednesday                                22nd December 10.15am-4.45pm

Thursday                                    23rd December 10.15am-4.45pm

Friday                                        24th December ----- Closed


Museum will be closed from 24th December and will re-open on


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Jack B Yeats and Dungarvan

Waterford County Museum are delighted to announce the opening of a new exhibition to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of one of Irelands greatest artists, Jack B Yeats. The exhibition is curated by Willie Fraher and Tony Hayes. Willie has uncovered the Yeats link with Dungarvan where he visited in 1924, painting a number of works. These were later acquired by the noted Republican Ernie O’Malley and his wife Helen Hooker O’Malley. We are grateful to their son Cormac O’Malley for providing images of two of the Dungarvan paintings.  

The exhibition concentrates on Yeats drawings and illustrations. There is a selection of first edition books illustrated by Yeats such as: Life in The West of IrelandThe Aran Islands, and The Turf Cutters Donkey. Also on display are original hand-coloured prints by the Dun Emer and Cuala Press, and bookplates designed by Yeats. Museum staff member and artist Tony Hayes has reinterpreted some of Yeats drawings and these are available for kids or adults to colour in. There is also a sheet where you can design your own bookplate.

The curator would like to thank the following for their assistance in the preparation of this exhibition: Cormac O’Malley, Hilary Pyle, Julian Walton, Margo Kehoe, Joanne Rothwell, Waterford City & Co Archivist and some lenders who wish to remain anonymous.

The exhibition is open during normal museum hours.

Stories from Old Newspapers


Dungarvan leader 3rd July 1943


Corpus Christi procession in Dungarvan -Inspiring Scenes


On Sunday last under the rays of a broiling Sun the Annual Corpus Christi procession took place through the streets of Dungarvan.  As in former years, a very large number of men, women and school children from the various Confraternities sodalities and schools took part.  The fervour and devotion of the processionists as also of the many hundreds who knelt in the streets as the Blessed Sacrament passed by was really inspiring. The decorations all round were beautiful but the streets outside the Presentation and Mercy Convents where many banners and a number of tableaux were presented showed the minute preparation which the nuns  had made for this great public demonstration of our Faith, and of our love for the Blessed Sacrament.


Punctual at 2.30pm the Abbeyside Children of Mary, together with the men and women of the Confraternities accompanied by Rev. J Roche, PP and Rev M Power, CC, arrived to take up their places with the main body which was drawn up in the Churchyard of St. Marys and along Mitchel Street.  On the stroke of 3pm the procession headed by the Cross-bearer J F. Morrissey, moved off. The route was the same as last year and the order of procession was as given in our last issue. The canopy was carried by members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Blessed Sacrament was borne by Very Rev T Canon O’ Brien, P.P, V.F, assisted by Rev P Lannon and Rev J Lawn.  A Guard of Honour was provided by the Garda Siochana under Supt O’ Mahony, and a Guard of Honour under Mr. J Lyons with fixed bayonets preceded the canopy.  Benediction was imparted at the square and again outside the Church gates in beautiful alters erected for the purpose, during which the entire congregation knelt in adoration of the King of Kings, while members of the Dungarvan Brass and Reed band under Mr. M J McHugh, Bandmaster sounded the salute and L D F Guard of Honour presented arms. Great work in marshalling the procession was done by Rev P Farrell, CC, assisted by a band of willing workers and helped in splendid fashion by the Abbeyside Troop of Boy Scouts under their S M, Mr L, F. Lanigan solr, The St Marys Dungarvan, troop of Scouts marched in a body in the procession.  The clergy taking part were- Rev Dr Curtis, Prior OSA, Rev Fr Magee, OSA, Rev Fr Doyle, OSA, Rev Fr Donegan OSA, Rev Fr Conway PP, Kilgobnet, Rev Fr Power, CC, Dungarvan, Rev Fr Corbett CC do, Rev Brother Flatley, had charge of the CBS boys. The singing of the faith of our fathers after the second Benediction, brought the great occasion to a grand conclusion.




The Museum would like to offer its condolences to Willie, John and Martin Whelan and extended family on the recent passing of their Mother Catherine Whelan (nee Leahy). May she rest in peace.


Stories from Old Newspapers

Waterford Standard 6th Feb 1937




On Saturday night Lord Charles and Lady Cavendish entertained all the estate employees together with some members of their families to a sumptuous repast at Lismore castle Co. Waterford, to which the Tallow Piper’s Band were specially invited by Lord Charles to provided musical entertainment for his guests. Irish and Scottish airs were a particular feature of the programme.  The occasion was availed of to pay a tribute and bid adieu to Mr. Hey, who has been agent for Lord Charles for a number of years, on departure to take up more responsible duties on the Devonshire Estate in England.  Good wishes and bon voyage having been extended, Mr. Hey suitably replied, and said he would always cherish his happy association with Lord and Lady Cavendish, the Lismore property and its employees.


A further treat was then provided for the guests, this being and entertainment specially arranged for at the Paladium Cinema Hall, Parks Road, Lismore, to where the whole party proceeded, accompanied by the pipers band playing suitable airs. The programme provided was fully enjoyed, and at the conclusion a hearty vote of thanks was passed with the host and hostess, accompanied by expressions of good wishes for their future happiness and prosperity on the Lismore Estate.

Lord Charles Cavendidh (1905-1944) and Adele Astaire (1896-1981) who were married in 1932. They lived at Lismore Castle, where he died of alcoholism in 1944 at the age of 38. He is buried in St Carthage's C of I Cathedral cemetery, Lismore.




The museum would like to offer its warmest congratulations to Dervla Murphy of Lismore, well known travel writer on the recent celebration of her 90th birthday. We will be featuring her work in our new display on Waterford writers, which we hope to, have completed early next year.

Stories From Old Newspapers


Dungarvan Observer 6th June 1925


“Clean Literature”


New Dungarvan Parish Committee


Rev. Father Egan presided at the inaugural meeting of the above held meeting in St. Marys Boy’s Club… there was a large attendance of intending members.  Dr. M. F. Moloney was chairman and Mr. T.Y. Power, hon secretary P. Dunne and Michael Flynn were hon Treasurers.

Father Egan, who has a keen interest in the working of the Literature Service Guild that has been operating in the town for the past twelve months, Fr. Egan felt that with such a committee he had no fear for the success of the branch.  He drew attention to the advantages to be derived from the circulation of clean literature in their midst, and hoped the good work carried on through the book box in the church and the Literature Service Guild would be greatly augmented, and in the future at least one Catholic newspaper or magazine would find its way into the homes on Sundays.  He paid a tribute to the local newsagents and booksellers, who he said, were most careful in the selection of literature they sold to the public.  He thought the Executive Committee would be acting in the strict censorship of all pictures shown locally, and finally he appealed to all those present to use their influence in introducing as many as possible to become members, so that  large numbers may receive the many spiritual favours granted by the Holy Sea to all those who help. 

Supt. Murray C.G said he was most interested in working for the society, and from a moral standpoint he promised to co-operate fully with the committee in the good work they had undertaken.  The committee were: Mrs. Gough Dower, O.B.E., Misses M. Forde, M. Fuge, M. Casey, E.M. Anthony, E. Brennan, Messrs John F. Moloney; Arthur Glynn, Michael Keane, Thomas Casey, Dan Cooney and William O’Meara.







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