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 (né 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)
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