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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

Monday, February 26, 2018

1848 Tricolour Programme 2018

Thomas Francis Meagher and
The Tricolour

Celebration 2,3,4 March

As part of a weekend of Celebrations honouring the 170th anniversary of the flying of the Tricolour at  33 The Mall by Thomas Francis Meagher, on 7 March 1848.

Saturday, 3 March FREE EVENT
2.00pm-4.30pm: Lecture series, Waterford Medieval Museum.
‘The Memoirs of General Thomas Francis Meagher:  from manuscript to print’. Professor Padraig Ó Macháin, Professor of Modern Irish, University College, Cork.
‘The Death of Thomas Francis Meagher’.  Dr Martin Hearne, author and editor of Thomas Francis Meagher: The Making of an Irish-American.
The Legacy of Meagher and Modern Ireland. Noel Whelan, author, barrister, Irish Times columnist.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Julius Paimal commemoration

Julius Paimal commemoration

Julius Paimal (Coyright Aarne Koppel)

100 years ago this month, the body of a sailor came ashore in a small boat in a cove at Island, Stradbally. The sailor was 31-year-old Able Seaman Julius Paimal, originally from Estonia, and he was killed when his ship, the SS Pinewood, was sunk by a German submarine fifteen miles south of Mine Head on 17th February 1918. A group of local men recovered the body, and eventually succeeded in getting it to the top of the cliff. They were: Sergeant O'Connor and Constable Brown, RIC; James Cummins; William Clancy; Michael Cummins; Philip Cummins; Michael Kiely; Patrick Fitzgerald senior and Patrick Fitzgerald junior. Paimal's remains were interred in the Church of Ireland graveyard in Stradbally on 20th February. This was organised by the local dispensary doctor, Bryan Foley, and the burial was performed by Canon Burkitt. 

On Saturday 17th February at 3.00 pm there will be a short commemoration ceremony at Paimal's grave, to honour him a century after his death. All are invited to attend, and it would be particularly fitting if relatives of any of those involved in recovering Paimal's body 100 years ago were able to be there. There will be refreshments afterwards. For more information contact Cian Flaherty on 086-8961747 or email

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Lecture: Cartoon representations of John Redmond 1906 – 1916

The WAHS lecture season for 2017 and 2018 continues on Friday 23rd February with a lecture titled ‘Cartoon representations of John Redmond 1906 – 1916’ by the historian and broadcaster Dr Úna Ní Bhroiméil at 8:00 pm in the St Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Waterford.

This special lecture has been arranged to mark the centenary of the death of John Redmond, who was MP for Waterford and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, in March 1918. Many cartoons of Redmond were published in the Irish-American and British press in the decade before 1916, they give an insight into how Redmond’s political leadership and the campaign for Irish Home Rule which he led was perceived, in both positive and a negative light.

In the lecture Dr Ní Bhroiméil will demonstrate the links between Ireland, Britain and America in a transatlantic and transnational context in the person of John Redmond and through the medium of political cartoons. The cartoons illustrate Redmond’s centrality as a preeminent Irish figure at the beginning of the twentieth century. As the leader of the reunified Irish Parliamentary Party in 1900, John Redmond embodied the hope of the Irish people that a unified party could complete Parnell’s mission of achieving Home Rule for Ireland.

Having visited America in 1886, 1895 and 1899, he was well known to Irish American supporters, but it was his 1904 visit to the United Irish League Convention that spurred the strong and consistent support of the most widely circulated Irish American newspaper, the Irish World. The contemporary British press, however, was outraged at the monetary support that Redmond was receiving in America, for instance, the London Saturday Review raged against the influence of the Irish American press on the government at Westminster and particularly on prime minister Asquith, stating

‘It is often said Mr Redmond is master of the position and has the government in his hand. But is not the real boss behind Mr Redmond? Is he not an Irish American and his name Mr Patrick Ford? Mr Redmond may be master but is not Mr Ford paymaster?’

In turn, the Irish World reprinted five ‘Tory cartoons’ that had been published in the ‘London Unionist Press’ on its front page in December 1910. John Redmond was celebrated by the Irish World and promoted not just as the political leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party, but as the leader of the Irish generally at home and abroad. However, the Irish American press turned on Redmond after September 1914 and the later cartoons published in the Irish World reflect Redmond’s diminished political stature in Irish American eyes.

Úna Ní Bhroiméil lectures in American history in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She completed  a BA, MA and HDip at NUI Galway and her PhD at Lehigh University, Pennsylvania in the United States. She has published on the themes of Irish identity in the USA, the Irish American press, the formation of Catholic female teachers, and using visual methods in historical research. Úna has contributed to many historical documentaries and can currently be seen presenting the weekly ‘Tríd an Lionsa’ series about historical photographs on TG4.

This lecture will be of interest to anyone interested in John Redmond’s political career and how the examination of visual sources can provide significant historical insights. 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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