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Friday, April 20, 2018

Lecture: Recent Archaeological Excavations in the Heart of Late Viking-Age Waterford

Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society April Lecture – ‘Recent Archaeological Excavations in the Heart of Late Viking-Age Waterford’

The WAHS lecture season for 2017 and 2018 continues on Friday 27th April with a lecture titled ‘Recent Archaeological Excavations in the Heart of Late Viking-Age Waterford’ by archaeologist Joanne Hughes at 8:00 pm in the St Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Waterford.
Archaeological excavations in advance of the redevelopment of Waterford’s City Square Shopping Centre were undertaken between November 2016 and March 2017. The excavations were directed by Joanne Hughes for Irish Archaeological Consultancy Ltd, and were facilitated on site by Sisk who managed the redevelopment project. Pre-development archaeological test excavations revealed the presence of significant archaeological deposits surviving in situ on the site of what used to be the Brasserie Restaurant on Arundel Square. This work also informed the scope of the 2016/17 excavations which were set out and agreed in advance with the National Monuments Service of the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. In accordance with national policy, there was a presumption in favour of preservation in situ, and consequently, much of the archaeological deposits at Arundel Square remain preserved below the footprint of the new shopping centre building.
Excavations in advance of construction of City Square in the 1980s and 1990s provided the framework for the most recent work at Arundel Square, however, the recent work allowed for a number of previously unresolved archaeological issues to be addressed. It was assumed, for example, that questions regarding the location, form and layout of the Jesuit College might be answered, as well as the changing form and layout of the High Street – Peter Street plots through time. As anticipated, the excavation of features and deposits and their associated small (and big!) finds revealed rich new evidence for the development of this important site in the heart of medieval Waterford. Post-excavation works are ongoing and in this lecture Joanne will showcase preliminary findings the excavations she directed.
Joanne Hughes 

Joanne studied Archaeology at UCD, before completing an M.Sc at the University of Sheffield. Joanne has worked as a field archaeologist since 1996; has directed excavations since 2002. She is currently employed by Cork City Council as Project Manager of the EU-funded ‘Military, Maritime, & Industrial Atlantic Heritage’ project. Over the course of her career Joanne has worked with numerous organizations in the heritage and tourism fields including OPW, South Tipperary Development Company and South Tipperary Tourism Company. In a voluntary capacity, Joanne works with Cashel Heritage Forum, a group who deliver archaeology and heritage related projects with an acknowledged high education value. Joanne still loves the thrill of discovery and constant learning that her job brings, and really enjoys communicating the results and value of her archaeological work.
Admission to the lecture is €5 (students €2.50), but is free for members of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lecture – The development of Dungarvan c. 1200 – 1900

Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society February Lecture – The development of Dungarvan c. 1200 – 1900



The WAHS lecture season for 2017 and 2018 continues on Friday 23rd March with a lecture titled ‘The development of Dungarvan c. 1200 – 1900’ by the historical geographer Mr John Martin at 8:00 pm in the St Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Waterford.



The town of Dungarvan developed in the shelter of the 13th century King John’s Castle and over the following centuries grew to be a bustling port, market town and administrative centre. John Martin’s lecture will focus on the development of Dungarvan, the layout of its streets, buildings and open spaces, from its foundation by the Anglo-Normans to the end of the 19th century. The medieval street pattern is still visible, as are the ruins of the castle, Augustinian abbey and parish church. The town walls no longer survive above ground, but recent archaeological investigations have confirmed their location as shown on a map dating from 1760. The dukes of Devonshire became a major landowner in the town in the mid-18th century, and carried out an extensive programme of urban renewal in the early decades of the 19th century. That century also witnessed the building of Catholic churches and schools, the impact of the Great Famine, and the coming of the railway.



John studied history and geography in UCD where his teachers included Professors Anngret Simms and Howard Clarke, both founders of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas project. He spent his working life as a planner, culminating as Principal Planning Adviser in the former Department of the Environment. Since his retirement in 2011, he has fulfilled a number of roles in the public service, including membership of the National Paediatric Hospital Development Board and the Waterford Boundary Review Committee. He spent his childhood summer holidays in Dungarvan, and was delighted when the opportunity arose to prepare the Historic Towns Atlas for the town. The Irish Historic Towns Atlas project was established in 1981. Its aim is to research the topographical development of a selection of Irish towns both large and small. Each town is published separately and includes a series of maps complemented by a detailed text section. The Irish Historic Towns Atlas is part of a wider European scheme, with towns’ atlases containing broadly similar information available for a number of countries. This allows the development of Dungarvan and other Irish towns to be studied in their broader European context.



Admission to the lecture is €5 (students €2.50), but is free for members of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society

Friday, March 9, 2018

Lecture: The development of Dungarvan c. 1200 – 1900


Speaker: Mr John Martin
Title: The development of Dungarvan c. 1200 – 1900
The lecture will focus on the development of Dungarvan, as an urban centre, from its foundation by the Anglo-Normans to the end of the 19th century.

Lectures are free for members, non-members €5.00

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Images: Úna Ní Bhroiméil's lecture





Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society Chairperson Adrian Larkin and Úna Ní Bhroiméil pictured with the 2017 edition of the Decies journal.   

Adrian Larkin and Úna Ní Bhroiméil pictured with with Pat MacCarthy who is holding a copy of his newly published book 'The Redmonds and Waterford.A political dynasty 1891-1952'

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Book: Lorrha People in the Great War

Lorrha People in the Great War


Lorrha (my native place) is the Northernmost parish in Tipperary.
To my knowledge, it is the first time a book has been compiled based on the experiences of people from a parish – whether Ireland or England – during the Great War.
It also includes some people who served in the Napoleonic Wars, the War of Independence and the Second World War.
The stories of about 80 people are detailed in the book (400 pages).
The book includes about 450 photographs, some of which date from around 1890.
As there are so many people from Lorrha who were prominent in Australian history, the Australian Ambassador to Ireland agreed to launch the book.

The following are some of the people whose stories are told:

Patrick Sullivan (cover photograph).  Member of Connaught Rangers, captured in the Great German Offensive of March 1918 and died in a Prisoner-of-War Camp five-weeks before the Armistice.

Martin O’Meara VC, served with the Australian Imperial Force and was awarded the Victoria Cross.

The Cronin Family who were prominent in the Republican movement.  Felix Cronin, a great friend of Michael Collins married Michael Collins’ fiancé, Kitty Kiernan.

Molly O’Connell Bianconi, grandniece of Daniel O’Connell and great granddaughter of Charles Bianconi.  Molly’s fiancée Cecil Kenny, was killed in the German Offensive of March 1918.  She was awarded the Military Medal for rescuing of wounded soldiers during the same Offensive.  A native of Boherlahan in Tipperary, the Bianconi family had connections with Waterford and Clonmel. Indeed, the nursing building on the Waterford Institute of Technology Campus is called the Mary (Molly) O’Connell Bianconi Building.

Sir Henry O’Neil de Hane Segrave (Harry Segrave). Broke the world land speed record on three occasions and also broke the world speed boat record.

Cornelius Aloysius Deane.  Father of Australian Governor General, Sir William Deane.  Sir William Deane visited his ancestral home in Lorrha in 1999.  The following year he performed the opening ceremony of the Sydney Olympics.

James Vernon Willington who was killed in Gallipoli.  His mother, Alice Peel Willington was a relative of British Prime Minister, Robert Peel.

Charles Walsh who saved the colours at the Battle of Albuera (Peninsular War, 1811).

Friedrich Bunselmeyer and Friedrich Rüter – served in the German army.  Their grand-daughter has lived in Lorrha for many years.

Many of those soldiers served with the Leinster Regiment, the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, the Irish Guards, the Connaught Rangers.

Every parish in Ireland was affected by the Great War.
John Condon from Waterford was the youngest soldier killed in the War.
John Cunningham of Thurles was awarded the Victoria Cross.  He was also Killed in Action.

Gerard O’Meara

The Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society, Ireland.
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