Cumann Seandalaiochta agus Staire Phort Lairge

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Upcoming Event: Annual Lunch 2013

Details of our Annual Lunch as follows: 

Date:               Sunday 1st  December 2013

Venue:            Dooley’s Hotel, The Quay, Waterford

Time:              12.30 pm Mulled wine / soft drinks reception followed by lunch, 1.30 pm

Parking:         Ample parking available on the Quays

After-lunch entertainment: Mr Julian Walton will share his memories of
                                                The Adventures of ‘On This Day’, 1994 to 2013.

Price   €25.00 per person                    Choice of main course                        Private Bar
Friends welcome

 For bookings contact: 

Mr Tony Gunning
Hon. Treas. WAHS
7 Ballinakill Vale

Tel.: 051 87 34 20
Mr Michael Maher
26 Kenure Park

Tel.: 051 87 84 69

Your family crest... a Lecture by Mr Julian Walton

Despite the fact that it is a very specialized topic, the audience was kept entertained. Mr Julian Walton's unique approach, made it possible for everyone to grasp a little knowledge of heraldry. We learned about shields, helmets, mantles, supporters and motto, about the code of geometric patterns and colours. We discovered some lesser known creatures used as charges, and the vocabulary associated with their positions. And we were enlightened on canting coats and mottoes. 

The Cavendish coat-of-arms

Head of a man, body of a lion, wings, forked tail,
3 rows of teeth: meet the manticore

Coat of arms of Ireland

Modern heraldry: petroleum sailing on water 

The End!!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

Upcoming Lecture on Heraldry by Mr Julian Walton

The last lecture of 2013 will take place on Friday 22nd November 

Speaker: Mr. Julian Walton.

Topic: Your "family crest" what you may (and may not) like to know.

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

Admittance: €5.00 non-members

Friday, November 1, 2013

'Hanged on Ballybricken Hill' - by Pat McCarthy

On Friday 25th October a large audience gathered to hear Dr Pat McCarthy deliver his lecture on capital punishment in Waterford in the 19th century.

We learned that originally it was the custom to hang the convict at -or near- the scene of the crime, then later near the jail, and eventually within the walls of the jail. One had little chance of appeal, with the execution taking place within 24 or 48 hours after the judgement. It was a very hit-and-miss affair, since the executioner was usually a fellow convict.

No details-as gruesome as they might have been- were spared, and reactions from the public as Pat talked, proved that everybody was very much 'hanging onto his every word'...
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