Cumann Seandalaiochta agus Staire Phort Lairge

Friday, November 30, 2012

Kilmainham Gaol Museum Collection & its Waterford Connections

On Friday 23 November 2012, Ms Anne-Marie Ryan gave a lecture on Kilmainham Gaol Museum collection, with a closer look on some items of Waterford interest.

Chairman Fergus Dillon introduces Ms Anne-Marie Ryan. 

The entrance gate of the gaol

Close up of the illuminated manuscript presented to Charles Stewart  Parnell
by Waterford Corporation when he  was made Freeman of the city. 

Jack Edwards bloodstained handkerchief.
Jack Edwards, Waterford IRA, shot in Kilkenny jail  in 1922.

Proud teacher? Ms Niamh Crowley chats with her past pupil. 

Monday, November 19, 2012

November Lecture & Annual Lunch

Our next lecture will take place on Friday 23rd November 2012.

Speaker: Ms Anne-Marie Ryan

Subject: Kilmainham Gaol Museum Collection & its Waterford Connections.

Time & Venue: 8 pm, Edmund Rice Heritage Centre, Barrack Street, Waterford.

Entrance fee: non-members € 5.00


Our Annual Lunch will be held on Sunday 2nd December in Dooley's Hotel on the Quay - at 1.30 p.m., and will be preceded by a mulled wine/soft drinks reception at 12.30 p.m.

Our after-lunch entertainment this year will be a slideshow presentation of  ‘Waterford in Bygone Years’ from the archives of the Munster Express by Vice Chairman Mr Eddie Synnott.

This social event is open to  non-members, at a cost of €25.00 per person, payment to be sent to our treasurer, Mr Tony Gunning,

Friday, November 9, 2012

The Big House for TV3 - by Big Mountain Production

In 1881 Ireland, 48% of women in Ireland were employed in the domestic class. In the 1911 census 230,802 people registered their occupation as servants working in houses in Ireland. Are you related to one of them?

We want to hear your stories or the stories of your ancestors who worked in the big houses.

Please get in touch with your stories if you or someone you know worked in one of the big houses.We would like to hear stories or anecdotes from all members of staff - cooks, maids, butlers, footmen, drivers or people who worked in the houses on a causal basis. We are also looking for relatives of former servants to take part in a living history experiment so please get in touch if you have a story. 

We are particularly keen to hear from people who have a connection to Strokestown House in Roscommon as well as other estates in Ireland.

Contact:Big Mountain Productions

Michelle O’Dowd 0852356977

For further information, please visit

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Julian Walton's Lecture: the Victims of the Seahorse and the War Against Napoleon

The lecture dealt with the circumstances which led to the return of the  Seahorse to Ireland
Vice-Chairman, Eddie Synnott, introduces the speaker.
Captions helped to keep the audience up-to-speed with the movement of troops. 

A view of the audience
Julian Walton and Michael Maher deep in discussion. 

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