Cumann Seandalaiochta agus Staire Phort Lairge

Monday, September 17, 2018

Lectures & Events 2018-19

List of LECTURES and events 2018 – 2019
Please note all lectures are held at 8pm in St. Patricks Gateway Centre,
Patrick Street, Waterford, unless otherwise stated.
Lectures are free for members, non-members €5.00

Conflict and Consensus: soldiers and citizens in Waterford city 1820-1920
Dr. Aoife Bhreatnach
Here Comes the Sun – Solar Symbolism in Early Bronze Age Ireland
This lecture is being held in the Parnell Room, Granville Hotel
Mary Cahill
1918 – Why Did Sinn Fein Win the Elections?
Dr Pat McCarthy
Annual Lunch
Mulled wine reception and lunch, Tapestry Room, Granville Hotel.

Followed by an illustrated talk The History and Heritage of the Comeraghs
Mark Roper and Paddy Dwane
Waterford's Archaeology From the Air
Simon Dowling
Medieval Pilgrimage in Waterford
Dr Louise Nugent
Waterford and New Ross: Piracy, Court Cases and the Theft of Silver – Medieval Economic Politics in Action
Dr Linda Doran
Annual General meeting

Dart: An Irish Family in the Azores and in the World
Dr Jorge Forjaz
Survival and Revival: the Roman Catholic Clergy of Waterford and Lismore in the Aftermath of the Reformation
Dr Áine Hensey

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Aylward Family Gathering 2018

Aylward Family Gathering 2018

Programme of Events

Tuesday 4th September                     History of the Aylward Family, lecture by Julian Walton

                                                            8.00 pm, Dooley’s Hotel, €10 per person.

                                                            Tea / coffee and biscuits served after the lecture

Wednesday 5th September                Coach trip – places associated with the Aylward family. €20 per person.           

Wednesday evening                          A series of 2 lectures:

The Aylward Family and the Great Parchment Book of Waterford, lecture by Donnchadh O Ceallachain, Waterford Treasures Museums

                                                            Margaret Aylward, founder of the Holy Faith Order, lecture by the archivist of the order.

8.00 pm, Dooley’s Hotel, €10 per person.

                                                            Tea / coffee and biscuits served after the lecture

Thursday 6th September                   Coach trip to New Ross with a visit to the Dunbrody. €20 per person

Thursday evening                             Gala Dinner with music by the Alymen from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

For further details, including information on Coach Trips and the Gala Dinner  

Contact John Aylward - (087) 2636760

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Summer Outing: St Mary's Church, New Ross

On our first summer outing of 2018 members of Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society visited St Mary’s Church in New Ross on a balmy Thursday evening. The existing St Mary’s Church of Ireland parish church dates from the early 19th century. It was built within the shell of what was one of Ireland’s largest 13th century medieval parish churches. Our guide on the evening was Wexford-based archaeologist Emmet Stafford  who showed members many of the original features of the medieval church, including some very well preserved gothic-style mouldings carved in Dundry stone, quarried near Bristol. St Mary’s also has a fine collection of medieval and later burial monuments. These include a number of medieval effigies, one of which is the ‘New Ross bambino’ an effigy of a baby in swaddling clothes. Unusually for a medieval parish church in Ireland there is a vaulted crypt which members had the opportunity to visit. This is very atmospheric and is not normally accessible to the public. At the end of the tour we were treated to refreshments , including scones with strawberries and cream thanks to the generosity of the Select Vestry who look after the church so well.

Thanks to Emmet Stafford for showing us around on the evening and Olive Thorpe representing St Mary’s Select Vestry for her generous welcome.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

SUMMER OUTING: St. Mary's Church & Graveyard, New Ross


Thursday 7th June (evening) ~ St. Mary’s Church and Graveyard, New Ross

St. Mary’s is one of the finest medieval parish churches in Ireland. Its graveyard is the last resting place of many notable Ross families. Our guide will be archaeologist Emmet Stafford whose company has been supervising a recent survey and conservation project at St Mary’s. Meet at St. Mary’s Church and graveyard at 18:45. St Mary’s Church is located on Church St., New Ross. Once you cross the bridge in New Ross continue straight on along Quay St and go up the hill (Mary’s St.), Church St. is the second left. There is ample on-street parking. There is no entry for cars from Mary’s St into Church St.

Thursday evening fieldtrips are free to members. Non-members €5.00.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018


Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society May Lecture – Waterford connections with the American Civil War

The WAHS lecture season for 2017 and 2018 concludes on Friday 25th May with a lecture titled ‘Waterford connections with the American Civil War’ by military historian Damian Shiels at 8:00 pm in the St Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Waterford.

Over the past number of years, Waterford, like much of the country, has done much to remember the large numbers of Irishmen who fought and died during the First World War. What remains virtually forgotten are the comparable numbers of men who less than fifty years earlier fought and died in similar numbers on the other side of the Atlantic. Indeed, for the area that now makes up the Republic of Ireland, there is little doubt that the American Civil War represents the largest conflict—in terms of the numbers of men serving in uniform—in the modern Irish experience.

In the region of 200,000 Irish-born men fought in the American Civil War, the vast majority (c. 180,000) with the Union. Though thousands of Waterford natives were impacted by the fighting, memory of that involvement in the county has largely been distilled into the experiences of one individual—Thomas Francis Meagher. However, Meagher’s story is just the tip of the iceberg. New research is uncovering the previously hidden histories of local families—in both Waterford and the United States— for whom the American Civil War was a life-changing event. In the process, it is also revealing a wealth of important detail regarding aspects of 19th century Irish emigration such as chain migration, transatlantic networks and American remittances.

As well as exploring some of the better-known Civil War individuals from the county, Damian’s talk will seek to tell the stories of ordinary Waterford men and women affected by the American Civil War. For the first time, it will reveal their experiences in their own words, and will include letters that have never previously been read in public. Theirs is a story that ranges from the doors of the county’s Workhouses to the battlefields of Virginia—it is one that deserves to be better remembered in the land of their birth.

Damian Shiels 

Damian Shiels is an archaeologist and historian currently researching at Northumbria University. Formerly a curator with the National Museum of Ireland, he was one of the team who created the award-winning Soldiers & Chiefs military history exhibition at Collins Barracks, Dublin. He has lectured and published widely in Ireland, Europe and the United States on topics relating to Irish history and archaeology. Among his authored books are The Irish in the American Civil War (2013) and The Forgotten Irish: Irish Emigrant Experiences in America (2016). He runs the largest online resource relating to Irish people in the conflict

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

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society Committee 2018-19

Following the 2018 Annual General Meeting, the committee of Waterford Archaeological & Historical Society for the coming year is as follows: 

Chair: Béatrice Payet
Vice-Chair: Canon Edmund Cullinan
Hon Secretary: Nóra Tubbritt
Hon Treasurer: Tony Gunning
Hon Editor: Cian Manning
Hon PRO : James Eogan

Simon Dowling
Pat Deegan
Ann Cusack
Clare Walsh
Erica Fay
Michael Maher
Frank Nolan
Sonny Condon
Adrian Larkin ex officio

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
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