Cumann Seandalaiochta agus Staire Phort Lairge

Monday, January 23, 2017



Please note all lectures are held at 8pm, in St. Patricks Gateway Centre, Patrick Street, Waterford, unless otherwise stated.

Friday 27th January
        Speaker: Mr Glascott Symes.
Topic: Sir John Keane and Cappoquin House in time of war and revolution.
This lecture will cover Sir John Keane’s management of the Cappoquin estate through his service in both the Boer War and World War 1, returning home for the War of Independence. He went on to serve in the first Senate of the Free State only to have his home destroyed in the Civil War. However he personally oversaw the rebuilding of the house.

Friday 24th February
        Speaker: Mr Liam Murphy.
Topic: The life of Dr. Thomas Hussey (1746-1803), Bishop of Waterford and Lismore and first President of Maynooth.

Friday 31st March  
        Speaker: Mr Sean Murphy.
Topic: Stories of The Great War, from mid County Waterford.

Friday 7th April Annual General Meeting – Details beforehand.

Friday 28th April  
        Speaker: Mr James Doherty.
Topic: The Forgotten Force. 
This lecture will look at H.M. Coastguard in pre-independence Ireland. Regulations, Roles and Responsibilities.
It is hoped that this lecture will be a precursor to a summer outing later in the year. The summer outing will consist of a guided walk in the Tramore area visiting the coastguard station and associated cottages and highlighting some of the key events in this organisations history.

Friday 26th May  
         Speaker: Mr Julian Walton.
Topic: The Curraghmore of ‘Squint Eye George’, first Marquess of Waterford, 1736 to 1800.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Upcoming Lecture: John Lee's Diaries, 1807

Our next lecture will take place on Friday 25th November 2016 at 8 pm in St Patrick's Gateway Centre

Speaker: Dr Angela Byrne.
Topic: Observations on Waterford City and County in 1807: John Lee’s Picturesque Walking Tour.

On 31 July 1806, John Lee (n√© Fiott, 1783–1866) embarked on a seven-month walking tour of England, Wales and Ireland. Lee’s diaries contain fascinating details of everyday life in Ireland in the aftermath of the 1798 and 1803 rebellions. He recorded the memories of participants and eyewitnesses to those major events, as well as descriptions of funerals, sports, ‘pattern days’, and local traditions. His diaries are complemented by sketchbooks filled with pencil-and-ink, on-the-spot impressions of antiquities, ruined abbeys and castles, landscapes, and other notable sights. His itinerary brought him to Dungarvan, Waterford City, Kilmacthomas and Clashmore in January 1807, including the highlights of the Comeragh Mountains and Waterford Cathedral.

Admission: €5.00 (members free) 

Also please note that our Annual lunch this year will take place on Sunday 4th December in the Granville Hotel

Monday, October 17, 2016

Upcoming Lecture : Archaeological Excavations at Knockhouse

Speaker: Mr Fintan Walsh
Topic: Archaeological Excavations at Knockhouse
Date: Friday 21 October 2016
Venue: Granville Hotel, 8:00 pm
Admission: €5.00 (members free)

In 2014 and 2015 Fintan Walsh of IAC directed a series of archaeological investigations at Knockhouse Lower in advance of industrial development. The site, which is on the western outskirts of Waterford City, had been tilled for many centuries and prior to the excavation no above-ground monuments were visible. However, methodical and painstaking archaeological excavation revealed the remains of an early medieval ringfort. Some evidence was uncovered for the former existence of structures within the ringfort, including two souterrains (underground storage or hiding places). The ringfort was associated with a series of field boundary ditches which radiated from it as well as a number of contemporary cereal drying kilns. Evidence for earlier prehistoric activity was also uncovered, including Bronze Age fulachta√≠ fia (burnt mounds) and settlement activity dating to both the Neolithic and Bronze Age periods. Fintan’s illustrated lecture will give a comprehensive overview of the results of the excavations at Knockhouse Lower.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Heritage Week Talk : Everyday Life in Waterford in 1916

As part of Heritage week,  Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society will have a  series of mini-talks and visual displays presented by committee members.

A look at Waterford City in the Year 1916 - The Way We Were, snapshots of everyday life in Waterford City over 12 months in 1916. 

Date & Time :  Thursday 25th August at 7.30 pm 

Venue: Tapestry Room, Granville Hotel, The Quay

Admission: Free event 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Upcoming Summer Outing: Creaden Head

This week's outing will be to Creaden Head, Dunmore East.

Thursday 28 July 2016

The guided tour of Creaden Head with Mr. Noel McDonnagh  is a follow up to a talk given to the society by Mr McDonnagh at the Annual Lunch last November entitled Pages from the Past.

Meet in the car park at Killea church at 6.45pm.

Members free, non-members €5.00

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Upcoming Summer Outing : Visit to Curraghmore

The next event on our calendar will be

a Guided Tour of Curraghmore  House & Gardens and the Shell House

Date : Sunday 17 July 2016

Time:  Meet at Curraghmore House car park at  3 pm 

Admission : Members €10.00
                      Non-members €15.00

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Upcoming Lecture: Waterford Men in the 1916 Rising

Our next lecture will be this Friday 29th April 2016
Speaker: Dr Pat McCarthy

Topic: Waterford Men in the 1916 Rising.

Venue : St Patrick's Gateway Centre

Time : 8 pm

Admission : Members free, Non-members €5.00

This lecture will mark the centenary of the 1916 rising.
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