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Monday, August 26, 2013

Fist Lecture of the Season: John Aylward, a Waterford-born Merchant.

Our lecture season will start earlier than usual, this is to coincide with the Aylward gathering which will take place in Waterford from 4th to 6th of September 2013.

On Thursday 5th September Mr Jimmy McCrohan will give a lecture on Waterford born merchant John Alyward (c.1650 - 1705)

Venue: Dooleys Hotel, The Quay,Waterford

Time: 8pm.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

In Pictures: WAHS Last Summer Outing of 2013 - The Quaker Burial Ground, Newtown Rd, Waterford.

The present-day Quaker Burial Ground is situated at the junction of Lower Newtown and Wilkins Street. On the evening of Thursday 22 august, we met Joan & Roger Johnston, who told us about the Society of Friends- or Quakers, as they are better known. 
They arrived in Ireland in the 17th century, and the settlement in Waterford was probably the first outside Dublin. The first burial ground in Waterford was in John's Lane, dating from 1689. After that a new plot was acquired in Parliament Street, in what is now Wyse Park. All those buried there would have been merchants of the city.
In 1798 Newtown school was established, and in 1826 the Quakers acquired the grounds where the present day burial ground is situated. 
The burial ground is very plain, with very neat rows of headstones, following a precise grid pattern. All headstones are the same, and carry the minimum information: the person's name, date of birth, and date of death.
We followed Mr & Mrs Johnston as they told us anecdotes about some of the more famous names of the city, Strangman, White, Jacob, Hill, Grubb, Bell.... We learned about the Friends relief efforts during the Great Famine, (soup kitchens, workhouses, straw beds...) and during WWII. 


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Events for Heritage Week 2013

Heritage week is nearly upon us... No matter where you are there will be something to do, to see, to visit, near you. Plenty to do here in Waterford City, check out Waterford Treasures or for County Waterford Heritage Week in County Waterford.

Our own event will be a visit to the Quaker Burial Grounds, Newtown, Waterford City, led by Mrs Joan Johnston on Thursday 22nd August at 7.30 pm.

In Pictures: WAHS Outing To Inistioge

It was a beautiful day in Inistioge for our visit of the village and nearby Woodstock Estate, led by Mr Ben Murtagh and Mr John Kirwan. We learned so much about the area from medieval times to this day...
Now a private house, the building with the three high windows
 was the former Methodist Church. 

The Alms House, built in the 18th century for the care
of the widows of the area. 

The 'Armillary Sphere' used to explain the seasons,
was in Woodstock gardens, and now stands on the site of the old R.I.C barracks

Plaque on the wall of the C of I Church.

Detail of the statue in Mary Tighe's mausoleum.

The end of the tour: members and friends
 in the walled gardens of Woodstock Estate. 

The Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society, Ireland.
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