Cumann Seandalaiochta agus Staire Phort Lairge

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

From Our Neighbour: South Kilkenny Historical Society

South Kilkenny Historical Society lecture

Thursday, April 25th 2013
Topic: John Kennedy's Irish Legacy - how JFK's visit and his presidency helped change Ireland.
Speaker: Mr Noel Whelan
Venue: The Emigrant Centre, New Ross (note change of venue for this lecture)
Time: 8pm
Admission: €5 (members free)

There will also be a presentation, by Mr Patrick Grennan of the Kennedy Homestead, Dunganstown, on the Kennedys' of Dunganstown and America.

In times of crisis the eyes of the world are fixed upon 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This is the White House the seat of important councils and the place where one man must make momentous decisions that can affect the lives of people everywhere (The White House - An Historic Guide). For four days in 1963, from June 26th to 29th, the eyes of the world moved from the White House to Ireland and in particular to New Ross, the ancestral home of that man - The President of the United States of America.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Upcoming Lecture: The Battle of Le Pilly by Mr Michael Desmond

Between the 19th & 20th October 1914, at a battle in the north of France in WWI, 300 men from the south east of Ireland lost their lives. At least 36 of them came from Waterford City and County.

On Friday 26th April, Mr Michael Desmond will lecture on the topic of The Battle of Le Pilly.

Time: 8.00 pm

Venue: Edmund Rice Heritage & Conference Centre, Barrack Street, Waterford.

Entrance: € 5.00 non-members (members free)

Friday, April 19, 2013

WAHS Committee 2013-2014

The election of the new committee for 2013 - 2014 took place during the AGM on Thursday 11th April 2013.

The following officers were elected:

Chairman: Sonny Condon
Vice-Chairman: Kevin P Hall
Hon. Secretary: Béatrice Payet
Hon. Treasurer: Tony Gunning
PRO: Michael Maher
Hon. Editor:   Donnchadh O Ceallacháin


Ben Murtagh
Erica Fay 
Cian Manning 
Frank O'Donoghue
Jim F Walsh 
Pat Deegan 
Fergus Dillon (ex officio)
Eddie Synnott (ex officio)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

AGM & Book Launch

Our Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 11th April at 7.30 pm sharp in Edmund Rice International  Heritage & Conference Centre. 

Following the AGM, members are invited to attend the Waterford launch of  the Atlas of the Great Irish Famine published by Cork University Press, with guest speaker Dr Eugene Broderick, historian,
in Our Lady of Mercy Secondary School, Ozanam Street, Waterford.

Based on Atlas of the Great Irish Famine
Did your ancestors in the Waterford area survive or perish in the Famine?
Did they emigrate? Do you know anything about them? Is there a famine grave, a ‘hungry hill’ or a former workhouse near where you live?
Cork University Press and UCC Geography Department, in association with Mercy Secondary School and the Waterford Book Centre, will host a special talk on Thursday 11 April on the topic of the Great Irish Famine and its effects on the local community around Waterford.
The talk will be given by Mr Gearóid McCarthy of University College Cork’s Geography Department, and is part of a special series of talks organized by University College Cork to mark the publication of the award-winning and critically acclaimed Atlas of the Great Irish Famine.


Friday, April 5, 2013

Urbs Intacta Manet? The Development of Rugby and Soccer in Waterford 1877-1937 by Mr David Toms

On the way in... Michael Maher, Fergus Dillon, David Toms.

A great lecture indeed, and one didn't have to know much about sport to enjoy it. We were given a glimpse of society at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century, in Waterford but also Cork and Dublin. Interestingly enough, the first game of rugby in Waterford was played between the bicycle club and the boat club!  and by the late 1920s many teams had been formed, such as teams from the Clyde Shipping Company, Mount Sion or Tycor...However there was a decline, in  favour of soccer, and at the end of the lecture more questions were raised from the floor with hypotheses on the subject.  

A lot of stories to share after the lecture 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

From Our Neighbour: South Kilkenny Historical Society lecture

South Kilkenny Historical Society lecture

Title: Women in the era of the American Civil War and the Irish connection.
Speaker: Mr Aidan O'Hara
Date: Thursday, April 4th 2013
Time: 8pm
Venue: Mullinavat Parish Hall (opposite church)
Admission: €5 (members free)

Donegal-born broadcaster and writer, Aidan O'Hara, has worked as a presenter and producer with RTÉ and CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation), and now lives in County Longford.  He has taught Media Studies and Communications at the Communications Centre, Booterstown, Dublin City University, and the Tallaght Institute of Technology. Through his company, Ashton Media Services, he has taught Communication skills to school leavers, business executives, politicians and church leaders. Today, Aidan is engaged in writing full-time, but stays in touch with broadcasting through occasional contributions to Radio Telefís Éireann and Raidió na Gaeltachta.
The Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society, Ireland.
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